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12-04-2011 06:54 PM  5 years agoPost 1
regsanman

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Hi everybody! Looks like I have decided to tackle yet another hobby. I have recently began playing with video and I am very intrigued with the possibilities of arial photography with helicopters. So that is what brings me here. The hope that I can learn to fly so I can play with my video camera from the air. After reading around here a bit, I am thinking a good game plan is to get the PhoenixRC 3 simulator and a decent radio first. My budget is very limited. That way I can practice all winter and then take the plunge in the spring. I was looking on ebay at DX7 and DX8 but am confused about the mode 1, mode 2 and different specs, etc. I don't want to buy the wrong one. Is there a good radio primer here somewhere? At this point I am thinking along the lines of a TREX 500, 550, or possibly a 600. I am interested in electric. I want something a beginner can handle but still have the ability to reliably and efficiently carry the weight of a camera. Any guidance is much appreciated.
I can't wait to get started. Thanks in advance for your help!

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12-04-2011 08:26 PM  5 years agoPost 2
wrongler

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Mode 1 has the throttle on the right stick mode 2 has throttle on left stick. You want mode 2 for heli's.

Bill Whittaker

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12-04-2011 09:14 PM  5 years agoPost 3
regsanman

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thanks wrongler. Are there any other heli specific things I need to watch out for while shopping for a radio?

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12-04-2011 09:38 PM  5 years agoPost 4
wrongler

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Just make sure the TX is for a Heli, 2.4 Ghz, and I think you will be OK. They say its better to spend your money on a good TX in the beginning so you dont have to upgrade later.

Bill Whittaker

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12-05-2011 12:21 AM  5 years agoPost 5
regsanman

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trainer port?

Can I use the dx7 with sim software? I just read the dx7 does not have a trainer port and one is needed to wire into the sim software. Is this correct? The sim stick would allow for it, but that is another 40 bucks.

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12-05-2011 12:43 AM  5 years agoPost 6
dkshema

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The DX7 DOES have a trainer port. The more specialized DX7SE, does NOT.

The new DX7S (not to be confused with either the old DX7, or old DX7SE), also has a trainer port. Yes, as long as there is a trainer port, you can run a Sim. I suggest Phoenix. Excellent heli SIM, reasonably priced, all updates, models and flying sites are free, and automatically downloaded when available.

Phoenix also directly plugs into the DX7, DX7S, DX8, JR 9303, JR9503, and other JR radios without the need for any special adapter plug.

Most decent radios these days contain programming for helis AND planes. But pick up a HELI version, as the location of a couple of key switches on the front panel is placed to make those switches convenient for heli flying. In the plane versions, those switches are still there, but rearranged to be more suited to the airplane environment, and somewhat awkwardly placed for heli flying.

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12-05-2011 01:07 AM  5 years agoPost 7
regsanman

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thanks dkshema, that really helps clear it up... Is a Heli version the same as mode 2? with the throttle on the left?

I am also glad to hear you like Phoenix. That is what I have been looking at and the one I am going with. I will make my purchases in a couple of days and it is good to know that when the packages arrive I will have everything needed to start SIMming.

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12-05-2011 01:19 AM  5 years agoPost 8
wrongler

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Yes heli version is the same as mode 2

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12-05-2011 01:37 AM  5 years agoPost 9
regsanman

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ok I believe I've got it. Thanks everybody!

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