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10-06-2010 02:54 AM  7 years agoPost 1
Jetski750ss

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Fort Walton Beach,​FL USA

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Hello all. I'm just getting started with my first build. Hirobo 50 Class Nitro. I'm going to use Futaba S3152. Gy401 with S9254 rudder servo.

I'm rather confused on how many channel transmitter I should get. I've been told to stick with 6 or 7 channel. what are the other channels used for if I only need a 6 or 7 channel transmitter? Please help!!!

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10-06-2010 03:04 AM  7 years agoPost 2
dkshema

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Cedar Rapids, IA

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Go for 7 minimum.

Six channel transmitters have "enough" channels, but they usually run out of horsepower when it comes to the features that make the 7 or higher channel radios more flexible. Six channel radios are pretty much entry level and limited in future growth.

But -- what would those channels be used for -- not in any particular order:

1. Aileron
2. Elevator
3. Throttle
4. Rudder
5. Gyro Gain
6. Collective pitch
7. Governor control
8. Mixture control
9. Retractable landing gear on that Airwolf or Bell 222 kit you want to build some day.
10. Scale lighting
11. On board glow driver

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The seven channel radio gives you the ability to run the basic controls -- aileron, collective, elevator, rudder, throttle, gyro gain, and at a later date if you want to, a governor if you fly nitro helis. The seven (or higher) channel radio usually has a larger number of model memories, more than two flight modes, and a better selection of other setup features you'll eventually find useful. The $$$ difference between a cheap 6 channel radio and a good 7 or more channel radio is easily lost when you realize you NEED that additional channel that you didn't buy in the first place.

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I've flown with a 6, 7, 8, and 9-channel radio. The six was marginal. The rest had staying power. I currently use a JR X9303, and although I never use all nine channels, the features of the 9 just blow the 6 away.

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Dave

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10-06-2010 03:13 AM  7 years agoPost 3
Jetski750ss

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Thank you for the info....Minimum 7 chan it will be.

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10-06-2010 03:26 AM  7 years agoPost 4
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Plano, Texas

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If you buy a Spektrum DX7 or a Futaba 8Fg, you will have a good radio that will fly most of what you want to fly.

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10-06-2010 02:20 PM  7 years agoPost 5
Steve Boone

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Walkerton, IN USA

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Not counting things like my MSR, T-Maxx or sailboats I used to have that came with radios. In over 30 yrs I've had 4 radios. A 4CH, 6CH, 9CH and now a 12CH. In those same 30 yrs I've had well over 500 models. (planes, helis, gliders) My point is that you should save the hardest and spend the wisest on your radio. Most people will bling out their helis (car guys are even worse)and think nothing of it. In the process they could have (and a lot of times should have) spent the extra cash on a better radio. Never buy a new radio if you don't have to. Used radios are a way better deal. This season I switched to a 12FG. Basically $1000 new. Way out of my price range. I bought it for less than 1/2 that and it looks as good as a new one and came with an extra battery. It will likely be the last radio I ever buy. Just my 2 cents after 30+ yrs in the hobby. I would never go less than a 9CH. They're too easy to come by to do with less.

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10-07-2010 01:07 AM  7 years agoPost 6
Jetski750ss

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Fort Walton Beach,​FL USA

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Thanks to all with the great advice. I will let everyone know what I decide. Thanks!!

My engine just came in the mail today. WooHoo! I can't wait to start building.

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10-07-2010 01:09 AM  7 years agoPost 7
fung_jeff

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Vancouver, BC,​Canada

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Or 10CHG X9303 is good too..

Jeffrey Fung...15 Years old - FLEET: Evo 50, Raptor 30, Trex 500, SDX's, X-Spec, Logo 10/400

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10-07-2010 03:27 PM  7 years agoPost 8
chopper_crazy

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Delphos, Ohio

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my advice is spend more money on your transmitter than anything else simply because you will keep it the longest. They will last forever is you want them to. Helis come and go, but you won't typically get rid of your radio very often.

It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!

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