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HelicopterBeginners Corner › Transmitter dilemma - which to buy?
02-17-2011 12:43 AM  6 years agoPost 1
ordinaryguy

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Austin, TX - USA

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Hey, folks - I'm new to this, got my first coaxial at Christmas, the bug has bitten badly! I'm about to purchase a Blade 120sr, and my first impulse was to get the BNF version, and buy a Spektrum DX6i TX, knowing it's too much for this model, but hopefully I will progress to a CP heli later and will need it. Now, I'm wondering if I shouldn't just get the RTF for now, and get a 6ch TX when I do get a CP heli. Any thoughts? Thanks, I appreciate your advice!

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02-17-2011 12:53 AM  6 years agoPost 2
bmapope

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TN

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buy all the radio you can afford! go atleast 7 channel if not 9.

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02-17-2011 01:02 AM  6 years agoPost 3
Cowjock

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Pa.

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^^^^ What he said, bare min 7 channels.

Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?

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02-17-2011 03:02 AM  6 years agoPost 4
kruuuzn

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Traverse City, MI

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Yepper. I agree. Go right to the seven channel.

I use my Dx7 to fly my 600 nitro then take it to the indoor fly-in on the same day and use it on all of my little indoor stuff. I buy everything I can BNF.

And the Dx7 (or Dx6I for that matter) isn't too much radio for the 120SR. You can still use the programming features to fly the Blade. Then you'll have a leg up on that aspect of the hobby when you DO buy a CP.

Beware though......it won't stop with just ONE.

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02-17-2011 04:39 AM  6 years agoPost 5
Heli0228

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Ripplemead, Va

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Start with a Dx 7 it can control any thing you can fly, and will last you for years. Start with at least 7 channels (Dx7) this will open up many air craft to you, And the pro's use the Dx7 also.

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02-17-2011 04:59 AM  6 years agoPost 6
Solmanbandit

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It would be a bit of money, but I use the JR 9303 and love it. This radio will last me for quite a while.

Trex 700E / Trex 500 ESP - Ikon/ HD 500 - Ikon 2/ Goblin 500 Ikon 2

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02-17-2011 11:24 AM  6 years agoPost 7
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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The Spektrum DX8 seems to be a good deal.

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02-17-2011 02:07 PM  6 years agoPost 8
ScaleWars

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Colonie, NY

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Get a used X9303. You will never need anything else.

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02-17-2011 04:05 PM  6 years agoPost 9
Solmanbandit

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I like the DX8, but they seem to be still working out the issues with it. I love my 9303!!!

Trex 700E / Trex 500 ESP - Ikon/ HD 500 - Ikon 2/ Goblin 500 Ikon 2

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02-18-2011 12:44 AM  6 years agoPost 10
helismash

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Gloversville, NY -​Fulton

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I would stay away from the DX8 as well. If you are familiar with a local club, you may want to ask what some of them are using. That way you can get programming advise from them as well.
All that said, DX7, 9303 are good. The Airtronics 10G is a nice rig as well.

Hey, Who put the ground there!
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02-18-2011 01:04 AM  6 years agoPost 11
Solmanbandit

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Unless you have to stick with Spektrum, I would highly recommend the Hitec Aurora 9. Excellent transmitter for about the same price as the DX8.

Trex 700E / Trex 500 ESP - Ikon/ HD 500 - Ikon 2/ Goblin 500 Ikon 2

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02-20-2011 04:22 AM  6 years agoPost 12
dougly

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spokane wash

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DX8??

Hey Helismash I just read your input and I was wondering why you are against the DX 8? I have read a few things on the 8 and they were not negative.Will you explain why you don't like it.I am going to sell one of my DX6's and buy a 8.I already have one DX7 and two DX6's.I don't need both of the them.Thanks

Doug McKenzie Flying high,fun,and fast

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02-20-2011 04:50 AM  6 years agoPost 13
dkshema

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Cedar Rapids, IA

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was wondering why you are against the DX 8
The DX8 was released long before it was ready for prime time with respect to the software. Though it's getting better all the time with releases of software updates, the DX8 has had some serious teething problems since its introduction. Given a bit more time, the DX8 should turn out to be a pretty good radio, but it's still got some issues to work out.

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02-21-2011 01:26 AM  6 years agoPost 14
dougly

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spokane wash

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Thanks for the info. I will wait a bit longer to purchase one.Are they small trivial problems or major ones?

Doug McKenzie Flying high,fun,and fast

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02-21-2011 01:30 AM  6 years agoPost 15
Steff Giguere

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St-Eustache, Quebec,​Canada

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No one has talked about the Futaba 8FG. Best radio I've had to date, and soon will be 12 + 2 channels.

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02-21-2011 03:17 AM  6 years agoPost 16
dkshema

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Are they small trivial problems or major ones?
They began as some big-time issues. I think the major stuff is behind them now, but the software is still evolving to fix the small stuff.

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02-21-2011 07:54 AM  6 years agoPost 17
Gyronut

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Martinsville In.

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Go to the JR 9503 or find a used 9303. You'll never need another Tx.

And while your at it use a 3 cell lipo to power the thing.

Rick

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02-21-2011 03:33 PM  6 years agoPost 18
Solmanbandit

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Tucson , AZ

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If you get the 9503, you will be able to upgrade the firmware for the DSMX.

Trex 700E / Trex 500 ESP - Ikon/ HD 500 - Ikon 2/ Goblin 500 Ikon 2

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03-01-2011 04:06 PM  6 years agoPost 19
Wedge77

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St. Charles Missouri​USA

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9303 is a GREAT radio, so Im assuming the 9503 would be just as great. Since I bought my 9303, never looked back.

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Goblin 630, 12 cell
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03-02-2011 11:12 AM  6 years agoPost 20
GavinL

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South Africa

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Futaba 8FG is the best buy in my opinion. Fully up-gradeable on the net, and recently enhanced to 14 channels with the latest software! FASST 2.4Ghz has a proven track record of being the most robust link to your model. No static issues either with Futaba FASST when using belt drive heli's. The 8FG is S-Bus compatible with the new generation of receivers and the new Flybarless gyro system from Futaba, both of which are awesome.
This will be my next radio. I currently fly a Futaba 10CG

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