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HelicopterRadio - Futaba FASST › Looking to upgrade from a 9C Super
11-30-2011 01:44 PM  5 years agoPost 1
west-wot

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Hi all ive been out of the loop for a while now, so i am looking to upgrade my 9C super on 35mhz to a 2.4ghz, so what is a good upgrade from this tx, im looking at a 8 super and also the 12fg, what is your opinion on these, any other suggestions but i would like to stick with futaba

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11-30-2011 01:56 PM  5 years agoPost 2
wrongler

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Brewerton, New York

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Did you know that you can upgrade that TX to 2.4 with a specktrum module?

Bill Whittaker

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11-30-2011 02:12 PM  5 years agoPost 3
BarracudaHockey

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Get an 8FG

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11-30-2011 02:16 PM  5 years agoPost 4
DougV

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You better off getting the 8FG, but if you still want to upgrade the 9C then get the Futaba FASST module for it.

Doug.

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11-30-2011 03:11 PM  5 years agoPost 5
mcfast

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Get a 8FG Super it has 12 channels, very nice radio !

P.S. sorry for the spelling or the grammar I am dyslexic!

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11-30-2011 03:48 PM  5 years agoPost 6
kcordell

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8FG has 14 channels, not 12.

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

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11-30-2011 03:59 PM  5 years agoPost 7
cnk

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I went with the 8FG and am very happy.

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11-30-2011 04:12 PM  5 years agoPost 8
blackbird

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+1 for 8FG.

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11-30-2011 05:43 PM  5 years agoPost 9
rexxigpilot

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Going from a 9C Super you will find the 8FG menus more intuitive. It is a great radio; however, some find it small (almost toy like) in their hands and the switches are too close together. The switches may be a bit closer than on the 9C, 10C, 12Z, 12FG and 14MZ, which are all closer than Spektrum and JR. If you fly thumbs and use you index fingers for T-hold and flight mode, than the 8FG switch spacing may be too close for you. I fly pinch and use my ring fingers for T-hold and flight mode. I rest my fingers on the longer F and H switches behind the E and G switches. I don't place my fingers between the switches. What I'm getting at is that you can easily get use to the tight switch spacing on the 8FG.

I also have a Spektrum DX8. It appears all the bugs have finally been worked out of this system. The new DSMX protocol seems very robust. Programming is easy, but maybe not quite as deep as the 8FG. It does have telemetry and quad bearing gimbals.

Choose carefully since the 2.4GHz systems lock you in to a single brand due to inter-brand incompatibility.

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11-30-2011 08:39 PM  5 years agoPost 10
west-wot

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I understand about the locking into the systems thats why i wanted to stick with futaba, always been with them and i just trust them, so it seems like the general idea is to get a 8fg however i see there are two models the super and the fg, what is the difference, as afaik you can make the fg do everything the super can do with a software update ?

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12-01-2011 12:26 AM  5 years agoPost 11
rexxigpilot

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Florida

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as afaik you can make the fg do everything the super can do with a software update ?
Correct. You just don't have the word Super on your TX.

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12-01-2011 02:26 AM  5 years agoPost 12
Wyorcflyer

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IMHO you have identified the correct two transmitters, 8Super and 12FGH.

I have the 12FGH. I had a 9C and did not like the switch spacing. It is much better on the 12FGH.

I would suggest you get your hands and eyes on both. The 12FGH is a much more substantial and heavy duty looking and feeling unit than the 8FG.

My perspective was that since this would be the only transmitter I would need I was willing to splurge a bit. Having said that the 8fG did not exist when I bought from the first batch of 12FGH transmitters to hit the states several years ago.

I think if you take a test drive on both you will find the one that trips your trigger.

Enjoy.

Jack

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12-01-2011 03:31 AM  5 years agoPost 13
west-wot

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wales

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thanks for all of your replies, i have just found that some 8fgs have backlit screens and some dont, are the newer ones backlit and the older ones not ?, also how would i update the software from 8 to 14 channels thanks !

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12-01-2011 03:34 AM  5 years agoPost 14
west-wot

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another quick question, what futaba rx's work with this tx, thanks !

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12-01-2011 03:51 AM  5 years agoPost 15
Wyorcflyer

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The short answer is that both the 8FG and 12FG use all the primary receivers.

Here is the receiver compatibility chart link. Scroll to the bottom of the page.

http://www.futaba-rc.com/receivers/air.html

I can't answer the backlight question.

Jack

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12-01-2011 04:51 AM  5 years agoPost 16
rexxigpilot

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Florida

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All 8FG's are backlit.

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12-01-2011 10:12 AM  5 years agoPost 17
Romak

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Distance between centres of switches on top panel of my 9C is 18mm and on my 8FG they are 21mm apart approx. Still a bit tight for large fingers!

Rod
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12-03-2011 02:15 AM  5 years agoPost 18
west-wot

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wales

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Thanks for your help guys, i have just picked up a 8fg super, now time to replace all my rx's, anyone know where i could get a few futaba rxs at a good price, and also i use 4.8v nimh battery packs in all my models, should i replace these and if so with what as i have read that 2.4 dont like these packs thanks !

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12-03-2011 03:16 AM  5 years agoPost 19
rexxigpilot

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Florida

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If you are using a FBL system that can use the S-Bus connection, get some Futaba R6203SB RX's. It has the S-Bus output plus three standard servo outputs for any devices that can't be driven with S-Bus. If you are into FBL or your FBL system can't use S-Bus, try the R6208SB. It has 8 standard servo outputs plus S-Bus and costs the same as the non S-Bus R6108HS RX. If you are on a budget and not into name brands, hobby king has some Orange brand RX's that are Futaba 2.4GHz FASST compatible.

Your 4.8V NiMH packs work fine with 2.4Ghz. Just make sure they are in good shape and have sufficient output/discharge C rating for the servo demands. I recommend 2S A123 packs or some other 2S LiFe chemistry if your cyclic servos are 6V rated. Lots of discharge capacity, very flat discharge voltage, they don't get destroyed as easily as LiPo if left fully charged and they don't self discharge much.

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12-03-2011 05:19 PM  5 years agoPost 20
AnneThe Man

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I went from a 9C to an 8FG, I have to disagree, I find very little about the 8FG, as good a transmitter as it is, intuitive.
I can code in Cobol but I can't program the 8FG!
A bigger screen would make the menus more helpful and it 'looks' and 'feels' cheap.
It can however do probably everything you will want from a transmitter for the forseeable future, and at a very keen price.
If I had the money I would probably trade up, but that would be mainly for a larger screen.
If you like the 9C and it does everything you need get a 2.4 module, but if you intend to go flybarless or use the latest generation Futaba gyros get an 8FG.
I have short fingers, and they're definitely not slender, I have no problem with the 8FG switches.

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