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HelicopterMain Discussion › Dx8 or 8fg? Help me decide
01-01-2013 01:23 AM  5 years agoPost 21
heli-cuzz

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Futaba's gimbals are wayyy nicer feeling than the Spektrum radios I've felt, or the JR 9503/11X IMO.
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01-01-2013 03:05 PM  5 years agoPost 22
rexxigpilot

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They are both good radios. I use my DX8 on some helis and my Futaba on others. The ability of the DX8 to use two sats with most FBL systems is nice, but a Futaba S-Bus RX is just as convenient and sometimes easier to place than two sats (particularly on a CF frame where the active antenna can get clearance).

The best advantage of the DX8 or any Spektrum radio is for BNF aircraft like the Blade BNF series or planks from Horizon Hobby. Although the Futaba can use the AnyLink system for BNF type aircraft.

I like the Futaba gimbals slightly better. However, I like the Spektrum roller buttom more than the Futaba IPod touch wheel for navigating menus. Both menu systems are good. The Futaba has slightly more flexibility.

The DX8 has telemetry while the 8FG does not.

Which one to get really depends on what features you are looking for in a radio system. I'm not dissapointed with either system.

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01-01-2013 08:17 PM  5 years agoPost 23
Santiago P

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unlike futaba famous almost silent beeper.
Not so. I never considered the alarm on the 8FG silent. Had several hundreds flights with it, and always hear the 1 minute to go beep, and the full alarm. I mostly fly 700 (N & E).

If you fly helis that loud or that close not to hear the alarm, you need a different kind of warning.

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Edited to remove foot from mouth.

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01-01-2013 09:26 PM  5 years agoPost 24
mbarhsi

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Not so. I never considered the alarm on the 8FG silent. Had several hundreds flights with it, and always hear the 1 minute to go beep, and the full alarm. I mostly fly 700 (N & E).

If you fly helis that loud or that close not to hear the alarm, you need a different kind of warning.
And, the DX8 offers a perfect solution with a selectable vibrating alarm that will NOT go unnoticed.

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01-01-2013 09:44 PM  5 years agoPost 25
Santiago P

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copy that...

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01-02-2013 12:07 AM  5 years agoPost 26
ebonicrobot

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The vibe alarm on the DX8 is a plus, but the alarm on the 8FG never gave me issues. I love my 8FG and wouldn't change it for anything.

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01-02-2013 03:41 AM  5 years agoPost 27
1tonv

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Not so. I never considered the alarm on the 8FG silent. Had several hundreds flights with it, and always hear the 1 minute to go beep, and the full alarm. I mostly fly 700 (N & E).

Seriously??????? Your one in 100 I've talked with. Also there's a video where they take apart the radio drill hole threw face a put louder buzzer in it. So to say NOT SO that may be for u but check around a lot of people have problem with it. That's why futaba new radio FINALLY HAS vibration

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01-02-2013 03:57 AM  5 years agoPost 28
BobOD

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I really like the vibe alarm on my DX8. Very clever, and useful, feature they added.

Team POP Secret

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01-02-2013 04:10 AM  5 years agoPost 29
JasonJ

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I have used the 8fg, great radio and I personally can hear the alarm fine. Only thing I don't like and this is just a Futaba thing is the programming is convoluted and needlessly complicated. That's a Futaba thing though and if a person doesn't mind that it's a fine product line. In my opinion, this is a pretty simple hobby and product programming should reflect that. Being complicated for the sake of being complicated makes no sense and I am confident Futaba loses a small percentage of business because of that.

Really either product works well, it just comes down to if you care about bind n fly stuff.

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01-02-2013 04:50 AM  5 years agoPost 30
BladeStrikes

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After being with Spektrum for 4 years and always seeing people having issues along with mine,I wanted another radio.Started looking at JR and Futaba but still cost too much so ended up selling my DX7 and got a DX7S..
Well the DX7 and DX7S has a way different feel and pretty big,kinda like holding a block...Doesn't feel the same and couldn't push the sticks all the way in which really killed it because im a thumb flyer.Felt the DX8 at my hobby shop hoping its different and its the same case .Did some reading and JR left Spektrum so Skektrum made different cases which are the same crappy case.The I real threads about Spektrums QC going down hill due to JR leaving..
Forgot all about the new Futaba 8J that just come out not long ago so sold the DX7S..Bought the Futaba 8J and LOVE it...Under $300.00 and does way more than I need.On top of it the S-Bus receivers are VERY cheap.
Just giving another option and the buzzer isn't quiet.Don't know what the 8FG sounds like but I flown nitros/electrics and can hear mine just fine..

The radio also feels awesome and it has and it has a BUNCH of options.Really like the color changing back lit screen and no cheap antenna to snap off ...

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01-02-2013 05:32 AM  5 years agoPost 31
Santiago P

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Seriously??????? Your one in 100 I've talked with.
Yes I am serious.
Glad for those who prefer the vibrating alarms. I for one dislike vibrating alarms on my radio and would disable it if my TX had one. It would be a too distracting, especially in competition.

My point was to share MY experience with the 8FG. I am not a Futaba company pilot, or rep.

Is a good thing that you brought up the differences, but IMO is not a make it or break point in selecting a radio system. Mind you the 8fg is a 14ch radio, not 8ch

Signal protocol and link reliability in first in my book.
Second is how natural the TX feels in my hands. The 8fg is ok for me. The DX8 feels to me like a square brick. The new JR XG11 looks funny but feels the best in my hands. Is important for me since I have to fly without a neckstrap sometimes.

Another excellent alternative mentioned by Bladestrikes is the 8J,

Hopefully the OP can read the thread and capture what he needs for a wise selection. 8fg, DX8, 8J or whatever suits his needs.

S

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01-02-2013 02:41 PM  5 years agoPost 32
RCHSF

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Being thay came out with the Futaba 14ch for $599.99 Might wait till a $80 off coupon comes out and buy a dollor worth of something else. To make the coupon code work for a $600 dollaor total. And get the radio for $520.00 shipped.

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