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HelicopterRadio - Servo - Gyro - Gov - Batt › New to Helis - Which radio to buy?
10-25-2009 04:36 AM  8 years agoPost 1
aviansapien

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albany, ny - usa

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Hello! I have been flying the simulator for a couple years and am currently building a 600N. I was ready to give Airtronics a try with their new SD 10g because I like the features and people are saying it is very fast & feels locked in. The Airtronics only has a resolution of 1024, compared to the 2048 of the Futaba FG 8 and 10cg. The FG also has what appears to be a better screen and people are reporting the FGs are really easy to program. Right now I am stuck. Which is the easiest to use/program and best performing in that price range? My dealer will assist me in setting up either at Barnspeed Hobbies in MA.

I also plan on using a 401 gyro and possibly Align 610s (instead of 9252s) based on reading this group.

Thanks everyone!!

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10-25-2009 06:20 AM  8 years agoPost 2
jschenck

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La Vista, NE.

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Well I can't offer a comparison of the new Airtronics to Futaba but I can tell you that I have been happy with the Airtronics radios I've bought. I still have my RD8000 which I don't use too often any more but still works just fine.

If I were buying new today the SD10G would be a serious contender for my money as would the Futaba 10C and the Hitec Aurora (telemetry feature sounds interesting). Today I use a JR 9303 and will not change.

One of the big items you should look at is the cost and different type of receivers available. This is why I will continue to fly DSM2. I really like my 9303 and though it does have some shortcomings, they are minor to me and the advantage of all the DSM2 RX's is a big plus for me.

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10-25-2009 06:48 AM  8 years agoPost 3
KCinNC

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Mooresville, NC

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still happy with my DX7

nothing to it but to do it

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10-25-2009 08:02 AM  8 years agoPost 4
Heli Davey

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springfield,mass

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I would get a dx7 or 9303!!

*TREX 500ESP*TREX 600NSP*TREX 700N LE*

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10-30-2009 07:43 PM  8 years agoPost 5
flyt600

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madison heights,mich..usa

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futuba dx7se is my choice..4 helis in it and room for 16 more!!

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10-30-2009 09:06 PM  8 years agoPost 6
kcordell

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O Fallon, MO

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Despite what anyone tells you, all (Futaba, Spektrum, JR, Airtronics), they are all good. Buy as much radio as you can afford then you'll never (well almost never) upgrade. Local support can also sway your decision, if you get a radio that no one around you knows, you may struggle a bit until you get comfortable with it. That said, 2.4 is the way to go no matter your choice.

Team Futaba, Team Synergy/Rail, Team Scorpion, Team Castle Creations, YS Engines, VelTye

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10-30-2009 09:50 PM  8 years agoPost 7
JRjoe

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Jonesville , IN USA #1

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Get a JR 9303 , 2.4 and don't look back.


JRjoe.....
Indoor plumbing??? No, we don't need that!!!

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10-30-2009 10:53 PM  8 years agoPost 8
bkervaski

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Birmingham, AL, USA

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Get a Futaba 12Z 2.4 FASST system and never buy another radio again.

FASST is better than DSM/Spektrum.

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10-30-2009 11:44 PM  8 years agoPost 9
ErichF

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Sutton, NH

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I read the comments about the new Air-T 10 channel 2.4 radio, and it seems to be very comparable to the Futaba 12FGH.

If all you need is three pitch points, three throttle curve points, and two flight modes with no real mixing, the DX7 is fine.

If you eventually want to refine your setups further, and enjoy quality components, I'd suggest either the Futaba 10 or 12, or the Airtronics new 10.

I'm not a rep for any radio manufacturer or retailer. But, my current setup is the Futaba 12FGH for a variety of reasons.

Erich

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10-31-2009 12:14 AM  8 years agoPost 10
koppter

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Virginia

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<<Get a Futaba 12Z 2.4 FASST system and never buy another radio again.>>

or at least until the next model comes out.

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10-31-2009 12:17 AM  8 years agoPost 11
twitch

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Las Vegas

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most bang for buck, DX-7

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10-31-2009 12:33 AM  8 years agoPost 12
bkervaski

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Birmingham, AL, USA

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Get a Futaba 12Z 2.4 FASST system and never buy another radio again.
LOL, true.

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10-31-2009 12:50 AM  8 years agoPost 13
pH7

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Sterling Heights, MI - USA

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If all you need is three pitch points, three throttle curve points, and two flight modes with no real mixing, the DX7 is fine.
The DX7 has 5 points on throttle and pitch curves on all 3 flight modes, plus a 5 point pitch curve for Throttle Hold. And it has 3 real mixes.

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10-31-2009 12:55 AM  8 years agoPost 14
nivlek

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Norfolk England

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FASST is better than DSM/Spektrum.
Opinions are like arseholes .

At the end of the day , it gets dark .

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10-31-2009 01:01 AM  8 years agoPost 15
ErichF

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Sutton, NH

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The DX7 has 5 points on throttle and pitch curves on all 3 flight modes, plus a 5 point pitch curve for Throttle Hold. And it has 3 real mixes.
I know what it has, used em plenty before. My point is, if you don't need/want much from a radio, the DX7 is a great radio. Most 3D setups I've seen out there only need three points on pitch, throttle, and two flight modes. A basic 3D setup is pretty generic, really. The DX7 satisfies that basic requirement with room to spare.

Erich

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10-31-2009 12:51 PM  8 years agoPost 16
MLINVILLE

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Co

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The Airtronics only has a resolution of 1024, compared to the 2048 of the Futaba FG 8 and 10cg.
The stylus had 2048 15 yrs ago. I have the 10g and I think that it rocks. If I wanted a basic radio I would then go to the RDS 8000 as it is a great radio also bang for the buck.

I will also add that I pinch and do like how the dx7 and 9303 fit in my hands.

So all in all find something that feels good in the hands...lol

Mike

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10-31-2009 03:26 PM  8 years agoPost 17
bkervaski

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Birmingham, AL, USA

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Opinions are like arseholes.
FASST is superior by design and implementation. DSM is popular because the radios are cheap.

If I wanted to fly a $250 radio, it would be a Spektrum.

If I wanted to fly a $500 radio, I would fly a 9303, GREAT radio!!!

If I wanted to fly the best, I would fly a 12FG/12Z/14MZ (I fly a 12Z)

The 12FG/12Z/14MZ run a completely different platform that Futaba's lower radios. Easy to use, intuitive, powerful, upgradable. We've had 2048 for many years, even on 72MHz. And you can even service the radios! If I need a new screen because I've scratched it or switch, I can just order the part and pop it on.

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10-31-2009 03:51 PM  8 years agoPost 18
GyroFreak

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Orlando Florida ...28N 81W

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FASST is superior by design and implementation.
You have been reading too much Futaba propaganda.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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10-31-2009 04:11 PM  8 years agoPost 19
kaotik

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upper darby pa

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for the money and the amount of features i would go with the futaba 8fg great for beginners and pros as well you cant go wrong with futaba i switched from a dx7se and havent looked back

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10-31-2009 04:21 PM  8 years agoPost 20
GyroFreak

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Orlando Florida ...28N 81W

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I have a DX7 and a 9303. I like the low cost receivers and the multiple satellite receivers. When I add a new heli, the receivers are easy to add and low cost.
The DSM2 technology has worked flawlessly for me for years.
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Which is better Futaba or JR ? It depends on whose PR and propaganda you want to believe. Somewhere, someone has probably done an independent and unbiased technical performance test of both. I did see some speed test somewhere on this RR, but the speed differences or so small that it cannot make a difference (oops, opinion again)

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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