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01-29-2012 01:14 AM  6 years agoPost 1
Flying Brian

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I've been running JR since I started in this hobby. I decided to give Futaba a run for awhile, and I'm here to say, this thing is like operating a computer with Greek instructions. I hope I can get used to this.....

So many switches on this radio as well. Wow, where the hell do I hold this thing. Lol

"I just don't Listen" "

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01-29-2012 04:56 AM  6 years agoPost 2
GetToDaChopper

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do you mean the 8fg ???

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01-29-2012 05:06 AM  6 years agoPost 3
Flying Brian

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Yup

"I just don't Listen" "

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01-29-2012 05:18 AM  6 years agoPost 4
Dood

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I agree, the 8FG can feel overwhelming at first especially when you're so used to JR's incredibly simplified and intuitive programming. You'll appreciate the features in your 8FG soon enough and you'll realize quickly that the simplicity of the JR radio is also its downfall. There isn't much the 8FG can't do.

What I did, when I first got mine back in early June was go on HF. There, I found some videos from Murcuriel who did an overview on the tx. I just practiced going in and out of the menus and followed along. That night, I went to sleep with it and by morning I felt comfortable with it.

Once you feel good about the different menus and learn where everything is it's easy.
The only thing on 8FG that is still a PITA is assigning all the damn 3 position switches (I wish they'd given us some 2pos switches, too).

I'm still weak on a few aspects of the 8FG.
the first is the 2 different sets of end points (for the life of me, I couldn't tell you which is which).
The second are program mixes.

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01-29-2012 05:18 AM  6 years agoPost 5
Santiago P

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Brian

I love mine. Wish you said something last week I would have let you hold it. I have small hands and fits me well, but for folks with average to large hands is an ackward fit.

The menus are pretty simple but the instructions S U C K. Once you figure out how to navigate the main tree menus the rest is really easy. I can run it by you over the phone.

Santiago

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01-29-2012 05:33 AM  6 years agoPost 6
GetToDaChopper

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That night, I went to sleep with it and by morning I felt comfortable with it.
awww you do that to ??? lol

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01-29-2012 06:31 AM  6 years agoPost 7
Dood

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The 8FG and I were only sleeping. Nothing happened between us two, I promise. It was the 8FG's first night at home in a strange new place and wanted to sleep with me in my bed.

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01-29-2012 07:24 AM  6 years agoPost 8
GetToDaChopper

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Nothing happened between us two
LOL, i didn't think there had been and the same gos for me.

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01-29-2012 03:39 PM  6 years agoPost 9
unclejane

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Agree with all. The 8FG is kind of typical Futaba - the highest quality possible but terrible documentation.

But it's an incredibly configurable radio, especially because of all the software switches. It is a little goofball to have to use 3-position switches for binary operations (like throttle hold, etc), but you can eventually get used to it.

The only radio I could ever want more than my 8FGs is the 18MZ. And, well, I just don't have enough helis to support buying something like that (or the money either lol).

LS

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01-29-2012 08:31 PM  6 years agoPost 10
GetToDaChopper

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very few do....

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01-29-2012 09:30 PM  6 years agoPost 11
Kevin Dalrymple

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when you're so used to JR's incredibly simplified and intuitive programming.
That is if you are a JR guy. Me personally i have tried JR and i hate the programing. Why do you have to turn the radio off and hold a switch and turn it on to get to the gyro menu? Retarted. But i am a Futaba guy, i understand. If i was a JR guy i would understand JRs.

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01-29-2012 10:11 PM  6 years agoPost 12
Dood

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I don't think I'd call myself a JR guy. It's hard to call myself one or the other, TBH. I feel proficient with both of them.
I was a Futaba guy, then a JR guy, and now a Futaba guy. The 9303 is so simple to program it programs itself. There is no denying that for me.
The part I said which you quoted, "when you're so used to JR's incredibly simplified and intuitive programming" -- please don't take that totally out of context. I said right thereafter,
"you'll realize quickly that the simplicity of the JR radio is also its downfall"

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01-29-2012 11:41 PM  6 years agoPost 13
Zaneman007

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Agreed
How to use the input device.
That is what they need to name the 8FG users guide. It is horrible.

Old Guys Rule!

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01-30-2012 05:03 AM  6 years agoPost 14
Kevin Dalrymple

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The futaba manuals are bad, and have been. But for me i have been using Futaba radios for so long that it is easy. I have tried to program a 9303 with the book and it was not as easy for me. I feel no mater if you use Futaba or JR peopel get brand dependant. It is not that one is better than another, they are different.

I looked pretty hard at getting a 9503, then a DX8 when i was using the Total G. But i hated how the menus were set up because i did not spend lots of time to learn them. The good thing is i sold the Total G and got another FBL system and the 8FG came out.

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01-30-2012 05:51 AM  6 years agoPost 15
Sam2b

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this thing is like operating a computer with Greek instructions
The instructions are fine. Read it, then read it again, then re-read again and again taking your time with patience. So many people can't/won't read the manual (RTFM). I've found people also read every 3rd word and then complain they don't understand. Slow down, read carefully. The table of contents directs your to each section we commonly need.

_Sam B_

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02-03-2012 12:01 AM  6 years agoPost 16
Zaneman007

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"RTFM"
Are you for real? 90 percent of the manual goes over operating the input device.

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02-05-2012 11:15 AM  6 years agoPost 17
Flying Brian

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I agree 100% that people get "brand dependent". It's not that I cannot get it, but yet more of a culture shock type thing.

"I just don't Listen" "

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02-05-2012 01:19 PM  6 years agoPost 18
4cyclic

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I recently programmed a DX8 for a friend, and frankly did not found that it was easier than my 8FG.

Life is meaningful flying helis.

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02-05-2012 04:40 PM  6 years agoPost 19
Anton123

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Any of you gents know of a great video link on how to use the 8FG?

Much appreciated...

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02-05-2012 07:01 PM  6 years agoPost 20
trailrider42

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Any of you gents know of a great video link on how to use the 8FG?

Much appreciated...
I watched these videos when I got mine.

http://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=284749

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