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HelicopterMain Discussion › USER POLL - Futaba FASST vs JR/Spektrum DSM2
12-14-2008 07:25 PM  8 years agoPost 1
Mike Moore

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Hi all,
Here in the UK we seam to always be rather behind when it comes to the release of any new Futaba or JR 2.4GHz systems, so as you guys have had more time to use and access these systems I was interested, along with many others I suspect, to hear your comments, findings and opinions ?
What do you feel are the pros and cons of your systems, have you found any problems or frustrations in use and are there any features that you feel are missing or need revising ?
Please post all your commments, findings and opinions here !!!
This will hopefully become a good data source for up and coming 2.4GHz systems users.
I would like to just say thank you in advance for your input.
Mike(UK).

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12-14-2008 07:28 PM  8 years agoPost 2
LaurenceGough

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Spektrum all the way, miles, miles, miles and miles ahead.

Not one problem here, just great performance, reliability and great features.

ModelMatch and ServoSync are two of my favourites.

Spektrum DX7 here.

IMO of course.

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12-14-2008 07:29 PM  8 years agoPost 3
JWatson

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Mustang, OK

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JR/Spektrum!!

That coming from a long Time Futaba guy.

The 12x is just awesome!

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12-14-2008 07:44 PM  8 years agoPost 4
TaleGunner

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JR/Spektrum here X9303

I saw a posting or artical that stated that over 80% of 2.4GHz radios at IRCHA 08 were JR/Spektrum. If I find the artical I will post it.

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12-14-2008 08:35 PM  8 years agoPost 5
E2tho

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middleton,WI-US

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Futaba T6XH

Hi, I new in this world and need help badly,
1.- it's channel 58 Crystal Type 72-7, where can I buy a Rx crystal with same channel and type..??? or is there somebody has it..??
2.- can I change the channel of this type of TX..???
3.- what type of Rx come to this Tx...I have FP-R4F,FP-R127DF and R124F, can all of these be used for my Tx..?
thanks......

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12-14-2008 08:48 PM  8 years agoPost 6
Eury

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Dover NH

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I've owned both, honestly, pick the transmitter and receiver you want, because they operate identically. Both have excellent range, feel more connected than the older systems, and are rock solid.

I'd say if you are a Futaba user, get Futaba, if you are a JR guy, then get Spektrum. I always used Futaba, then the Spektrum systems came out, and I switched from 72mhz Futaba to Spektrum. I found the programming on the DX7, then the X9303 to be very limiting. So I switched to a Futaba 10c FASST. There is no difference in performance, but I like the programming much better.

Nick Crego

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12-14-2008 08:51 PM  8 years agoPost 7
JAGNZ

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Old Futaba user here, switched to a JR DSX9 and am very happy.


Jason Greenwood

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12-14-2008 08:53 PM  8 years agoPost 8
raptorheli2

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rip off britain and no changing it

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eury has a very sensible post here.

i have both spektrum and fasst in a dx7 and 14mz respectively. i have only ever had one problem with either of them and that was a glitch with spektrum. i sent the rx back and they replaced it as there was a known fault with really early rx's.

in the uk horizon hobby has MUCH better support than ripmax but IMHO the spektrum stuff is really overpriced now here so i'd get a 10c.

cheers


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12-14-2008 09:02 PM  8 years agoPost 9
JetFire

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Frequency hopping is the best feature anyone can put in a radio IMO. Thats why I prefer Futaba because they have the edge in this department. Now... put that feature on a JR radio, then I'll get one. Until then, 10C sounds good to me.


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12-14-2008 09:29 PM  8 years agoPost 10
JRjoe

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JR/Spektrum here X9303

Love It!!!


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12-14-2008 09:40 PM  8 years agoPost 11
jbdww

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JR/Spektrum I have the 12X and it is very nice.

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12-14-2008 09:49 PM  8 years agoPost 12
AltecLansing

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North Carolina

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I have the 6ex and the 12fgh. My buddy has the 9303. We are both flying 2.4ghz. I like the options with my 12fgh. I don't like the manual for the 9303. The 12fgh manual has issues too, but not as bad. When you get used to either of them, they are easy to program. If you are trying to decide, see if you can look at both systems and see which programming you like better. In general both brands are good and it boils down to personal taste.

But, for the price right now, the 12fgh is the best deal if you can afford it for now.

Man, I miss the eighties.

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12-14-2008 10:43 PM  8 years agoPost 13
LaurenceGough

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in the uk horizon hobby has MUCH better support than ripmax
Oh this has to be the best quote I've ever seen, the most true quote at that. Ripoffmax has the worst service ever. I just can't see why people are still running O.S. engines or Futaba in the UK still. You can't even send them a email...!

This is why I've promised to myself to never buy anything from them, O.S. or Futaba ever again.

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12-14-2008 10:50 PM  8 years agoPost 14
The Dude II

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Spektrum does come out with new features sooner than Futaba...and I always enoy holding a 9303x in my hands and helping folks setup the radio...

but...

I bleed orange and LOVE my 12z and FASST receivers.

I don't envy those having to place the satellite receivers with Spektrum...makes for a cluttered installation...makes sense technically...but between packet screening/correction and dual diverstity antennas...Futaba FASST has worked flawless for me all season.

I fly nitro 50-sized helis, a 50cc gas plane and smaller electric plane on FASST...
~ 6 cases on the heli this season
~ 14 gallons on the gasser
~ 150 flights on the electric

never a hickup.

Love the electronic cyclic-ring function in the 12z software as well as ALL the programming I can handle.

Was concerned when the 164F tempurature scare came about this summer...point where a FASST receiver will go "off-line". Since hearing this, I installed a temp sensor on-top of the 50cc gasser's receiver...never got above 145F sitting in full sun (Central Indiana - US). Soon as the engine was started, typically saw a 10F drop in temps.

Heli...baked it to 147F in the sun...after 1 minute of spinning-up the disc...122F.

Plane... I keep a sun shade on in the warm days.

Have my 5th receiver on the way from TowerHobbies...adding a flybarless heli and 2nd electic plane this winter to the herd.

Did see that Futaba has a new FASST postage-stamp size receiver for indoor flyers...4 channel, standard size connectors and like 4grams!

May do that one too after Santa comes for his annual visit.

lotta ins, lotta outs

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12-14-2008 10:53 PM  8 years agoPost 15
AllThumbs

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Best bang for the buck has to be the Futaba 10C.. but it's always personal preference...
I'd say either the DSX9 or 10C as the low cost/high feature sport radio's for now..FASST or DSM2.. They both seem to work ok.

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12-14-2008 10:53 PM  8 years agoPost 16
heli_jon

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Calgary, Alberta

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Spektrum/JR played with FSST technology before settling on DSM. That's gotta tell you something.

Spektrum/JR all the way. I upgraded my 9303 with a module and had now issues what so ever. I also purchased a 9303 2.4 and have been extremely happy. Not one problem.

Will be getting a 12X this spring.

Cheers,

John

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12-14-2008 10:55 PM  8 years agoPost 17
rotormonkey

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I'm a JR guy myself. JR/Spektrum radios are more intuitive to program, but Futaba has more snazzy features from what I understand. Handy things like a delay on the throttle servo when switching out of throttle hold so if you bail from an auto, you're not at full throttle right away.

One big reason I like Spektrum is the model match feature. I don't believe Futaba radios have that, and that's a feature that will save you $$. I'm an absent minded retard some days, so it's saved me a lot of money.

As for the channel hopping, I don't think there's any practical advantage one way or the other. I've never heard of anybody glitching or getting locked out on either system. Connection will be rock solid either way.

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12-14-2008 10:57 PM  8 years agoPost 18
Bruser

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JR/Spektrum has my vote DSX9. Cheers

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12-15-2008 12:53 AM  8 years agoPost 19
Ronald Thomas

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Gainesville, Fl, USA

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Had a Futaba 9c and switched it to Spektrum with the conversion. I sold it and now I have a DX-7. I like them both but I like the DX-7 better......Ron

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12-15-2008 01:29 AM  8 years agoPost 20
Eury

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Spektrum/JR played with FSST technology before settling on DSM. That's gotta tell you something.
It doesn't tell you anything. It just means that they tried something and decided to go a different way. Maybe the FHSS system they put together didn't perform up to par, so the went the other way rather than pay licensing fees to get a good chip set. Maybe they developed both types and they both performed the same, but the one they chose was 2 cents cheaper per chip to produce. It could be anything.

Both work fine, and are reliable. You can't fault the technology of either, if you are, you are just repeating marketing. I've owned both and flown them in everything from park fliers to gasser and 90 sized helis, to giant scale composite planes. If someone handed me a $20k turbine jet tomorrow, I wouldn't think twice about putting either FASST or Spektrum in it. They are both as close bulletproof as possible. It really comes down to transmitter/receiver features and which programming you like best, because the technology behind both is sound.

Nick Crego

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