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HelicopterRadio - Spektrum DSM › Which radio this time around?
01-23-2013 08:57 PM  4 years agoPost 1
HawkNoob

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Hey guys, been out of the hobby for at least 6 years... I see there are all kinds of new radio features these days like 2.4Ghz, flybarless, etc... I used to own a JR 9303 and liked it. If I am to invest into another radio that I wouldn't want to upgrade anytime soon, what should I buy? I plan on flying some e-helis, both micro and larger as well as getting back into glow power later. Which systems are most flexible when it comes to micro-receivers, servos, flybarless, etc? Should I try Spektrum this time around or is the JR still a more "serious" radio?

Thanks in advance!

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01-23-2013 09:04 PM  4 years agoPost 2
nobato1

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ther were reasons why JR adopted ther own protocol and split from spektrum. if you like JR, stay with JR, their new radios are really cool. spektrum works too, but I favor JR

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01-23-2013 09:05 PM  4 years agoPost 3
wrongler

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I've had a few different radios, (9303,9505,DX7,DX8 and T8fg) and now I have the JR 11X and really like it. The other radios did everything that I wanted, Just liked the looks and feel of the JR11x.

Bill Whittaker

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01-27-2013 05:40 PM  4 years agoPost 4
nappyroots2182

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love my 11x coming from a 9503 but the 9503 is the best bang for buck radio and u can pick them up cheap. its just like u remember just more memory and backlit screen.

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01-27-2013 08:02 PM  4 years agoPost 5
doorman

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Which One????????????????

As you said there are a LOT of new radios on the market...
I personally have flown JR since the early 90's... it is amazing to see what the new ones can do, and the pricing is less now then it was way back when and the radios do so much more..
I fly the 12X and is is upgraded to DSMX... and will continue to do so for some time... I do use the Spectrum recievers with it and that gives you about any size or shape rx that you could ever need...The one thing you will learn with these new airborne systems is that they are pretty power hungry... you will not want to use anything less then 6volts for a JR or Spectrum airborne system...there is a learning curve with the new 2.4 just like there was when we went from 27 to 72 and fm to pcm!!!!
Also, some of the new Futaba radios are very nice, but you can only use thier rx's and with that said, they do not have the variety that JR/Spectrum have... but they are worth a look...
I would say that these are what you would find at most fly ins.. there are others that have smaller followings, like Hitec, Airtronics along with some others.. But the top 3 do have a lot to offer...
Good Luck with whatever you choose and have fun.. Stan

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01-27-2013 10:07 PM  4 years agoPost 6
Zaneman007

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If you want BNF, then you will have to go with spectrum Technology that can be found on the old JR or current spectrum radios.

If you don't want to learn a new programing systems, stick with JR. The X series have spectrum technology while the XG series is JR technology (DMSS).

If you want a 14 channel radio for an 8 channel price go with the Futaba 8FG.

If you want to learn a new program go with Futaba or spectrum (I think they have the bugs worked out).

They are all good radios, just see which one feels best to you an not the guy 3 doors down.

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01-30-2013 02:38 PM  4 years agoPost 7
meowguy

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If you don't want to learn a new programing systems, stick with JR
That would be true if the programming of the Spektrum DX8 was a complicated as a JR which it is NOT. The DX8 is extremely intuitive and easy to program especially since you are already familiar with radio terminology.

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02-02-2013 08:53 PM  4 years agoPost 8
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Thanks for all the feedback!

Still deciding...

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02-04-2013 04:11 AM  4 years agoPost 9
SSMKN2

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I have a JR 9503 and love it. Wouldn't look back. Enough channels for scale helicopter goodies and great for all around flying helis or planks

Joel
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02-04-2013 05:05 AM  4 years agoPost 10
Zaneman007

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That would be true if the programming of the Spektrum DX8 was a complicated as a JR which it is NOT. The DX8 is extremely intuitive and easy to program especially since you are already familiar with radio terminology.
Don't take this personal but I was not talking to you. I was replying to someone who had previously used a JR radio.

P.S. Do you really think that a JR radio is complicated? Wow

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02-04-2013 10:40 AM  4 years agoPost 11
MU300PILOT

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I Have had all the JR radios starting way back with the Jr622, I now have the DX18 and love it, The best part about the 18 is I can make any switch any channel and it's a fair price. Most of all I went to the DX18 because of JRs new radios I would have had to buy all new RX and did not want to spend that kind of money. I also like the fact that most FBL units I can just Plug the SAT in and bind to my dx18, with JR I would have to had there RX plug in also.

Which ever one you choose you can't go wrong.

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02-04-2013 02:41 PM  4 years agoPost 12
doorman

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JR and Spectrum Progamming...

I got to work with a friends DX 18 this last week, while setting up a new 700 for him...
As I stated earlier I use the JR 12x updated to DSMX
Spectrum does things a "little" different then JR, but nothing hard to figure out, and as you spend time with the 18 it is really not that hard to figure out... the biggest difference that I noticed is Spectrum groups things together, like Servo Setting, and this takes you to about everything you would need to do to your servos during set up... the only thing that STUMPED me was setting up the Throttle Hold... and the owner another JR flier, showed me that it was in the initial set up menu...
With all of this said, if you are used to JR, I really don't see any problem learning the minor differences between the two types..
Good Luck with your selection... Stan

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When I finally HAVE to give up my 12x, I will most likely be doing the same as you, and the reason being the same.. just too many Rx's to have to change out.. Now if JR were to come up with a "mod" for the 12, I would have to seriously consider that upgrade.. as long as it is backwards compatible!!!

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02-28-2013 04:53 PM  4 years agoPost 13
HawkNoob

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Ok, so I picked up a brand new Spektrum DX8 (tx only) at the WRAM show at a nice discount (couldn't resist the crazy low price... ) Have been playing around with programming and have logged over 20 hrs on the Phoenix and RF sims. The programming is very intuitive and I think I have a pretty good grasp on what's what. Of course setting up an actual heli will be the real test!

I also held in my hands the DX18 and the DX18QQ at the show and although the gimbal assemblies are probably the same, the QQ had the nicest and smoothest feel. I know it's no big deal but also liked the "rubber like" coating on the switches, a nice touch, makes you feel like your fingers have a more positive grip and control when you go to flip them. Nice radio, not sure if it is really worth the premium over the DX18 though but it was tempting!!!

As it stands, I like the DX8 but it feels a bit plasticky and the gimbal action is a bit crude for my taste. I still miss the more solid feel and smoothness of my JR9303.....

I will probably leave the DX8 for all BNF play stuff and micros and continue on with my radio quest for a radio that I will use with helis and nicer planks.

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02-28-2013 05:03 PM  4 years agoPost 14
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I am attracted to the high quality but I would imagine that buying a brand new 12x at this point is just silly? There is a new XG14 that has the aluminum chassis and the premium gimbal assembly...

http://www.jrpropo.co.jp/english/propo/XG14/index.html

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02-28-2013 07:11 PM  4 years agoPost 15
Four Stroker

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The XG14 is less radio than the XG11. "based on" and "gimbal chassis" - what does that mean. Just marketing. XG14 competes with 14SG. Both nice midrange radios.

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02-28-2013 07:28 PM  4 years agoPost 16
rexxigpilot

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You may find your DX8 will satisfy your needs for all models, not just the BNF ones. I got my DX8 just for BNF models. But after using it for a while, I now use it for all my new models including a Logo 700 and Goblin 700. I also have a mulitcopter setup that's about $10K with camera that I trust with my DX8.

There is nothing wrong with the way DX8 functions. DSMX is bullet proof. The gimbals are quad bearing supported. I do agree the case is cheap Chinese looking though. It's a shame Spektrum doesn't care more about appearance of their products.

If you really want to go high high end, you need to look at Futaba's flagship, the 18MZ. Nothing in the JR or Spektrum lineup comes close. It may be the way for you to go if you are starting over and have the financial resources ($3K for TX and one RX). Most just can't get themsleves to spend that kind of jack to have the best - me included.

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02-28-2013 08:45 PM  4 years agoPost 17
wargor

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Most don't have to spend 3K on a radio. You can get a 14SG and have a great radio still. It all comes down to your preference and what you can afford. Manufactures make different radios for different people and different budgets.

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03-01-2013 12:35 AM  4 years agoPost 18
HawkNoob

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You may find your DX8 will satisfy your needs for all models, not just the BNF ones.
There is nothing wrong with the way DX8 functions.
Oh, no doubt! I am not saying that the DX8 is not good enough! It's all relative... This is a hobby after all and we spend money on it because it brings us pleasure. I happen to like and take pride in products that are well designed and well made. Can a Mustang GT satisfy all your needs? I think most of them! Does spending more on a Porsche bring more satisfaction (if budget allows)? I think to those who are passionate about cars and view it as more than just point A to point B transportation can appreciate the difference.

So far I have no issues with the DX8 other than a simple want for something even better!

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03-01-2013 12:39 AM  4 years agoPost 19
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If you really want to go high high end, you need to look at Futaba's flagship, the 18MZ.
Believe me, I have watched all the youtube videos on the 18MZ I could find and looked at it at the show. It is very impressive! The budget is not the problem but justifying a radio that GOOD with my current flying skill level is.... I think I would feel awkward showing up at a club with one of those and not being able to back it up with some impressive flying! That's like a guy in a Porsche not being able to drive a manual smoothly!

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03-01-2013 02:36 AM  4 years agoPost 20
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Nobody likes the new tray style Spektrum radio?

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