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03-07-2016 10:31 PM  19 months agoPost 41
ICUR1-2

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that might be what I need then. I have a hard time with moving the sticks to the center of the radio.

guess I have to go the LHS and try them out.

I like my radio but the fit is now more important

spending time, paying attention

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03-08-2016 01:08 AM  19 months agoPost 42
Noobyflyer

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I have larger hands and decided to go with the JR XG14. I've always had Futaba.....only because I had a couple bad Spektrum experiences, made the switch and stuck around for the reliability and really nothing else. I was under the misconception that JR was Spektrum. Now that the satellites are gone and they have their own proprietary 2.4, I feel good about my decision. It's a gorgeous radio and I like how much R&D was put into the gimbals and overall feel of the radio when flying. I've never had a set of ball bearing sticks, only spring tensions that needed to be adjusted. I welcome the change.

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03-08-2016 03:33 PM  19 months agoPost 43
chicagoslick

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The main thing you can derive from my post is that trying numerous radios is the best policy. Each person will feel different about each. My hand size is between a 9 and 10. Also to consider is whether you are a pinch or thumb flyer. I fly using my thumbs and set the sticks as light as possible. Many who pinch want the sticks firm.

For the poster, do try many radios before buying as you are the only one that can tell what fits best for you.

Chicagoslick

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03-08-2016 04:19 PM  19 months agoPost 44
Four Stroker

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I have been flying for 50 years and started out with Bonner sticks. The XG14 sticks are worth an extra $100 to me all by themselves. Doubt the 28X sticks are worth an extra $2000. The 12Z sticks were OK but not great. I like the old 9VHP sticks better. Have not seen the new 18SZ sticks but they look a lot like the 12Z sticks.

Check out all of the radios IN YOUR PRICE RANGE whatever that might be !

The only thing that I would look at is Fubaba and JR DMSS.

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03-08-2016 10:53 PM  19 months agoPost 45
Noobyflyer

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For the poster, do try many radios before buying as you are the only one that can tell what fits best for you.
Preciate the comment either way, but I'd venture to say there are a lot of people out there, like myself, that do not get a chance to have various models of the latest and greatest in front of them to compare. Kinda why I came here and posted. Wanted to get a general consensus of the experiences of modelers who do. I rarely change. But when I do, I stick with it.....so I will probably have my XG14 for the next 4 or 5 years.

If 2 or 3 people from this community say that something is the best they ever had, that's good enough for me...

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03-09-2016 04:18 PM  19 months agoPost 46
chicagoslick

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Noobyflyer,

Glad you arrived at a radio, I probably missed that you bought one. As far as "If 2 or 3 people from this community say that something is the best they ever had, that's good enough for me...", don't buy into this process. People are brand loyal, may not have all the right experiences, lying, or may simply not know when giving advice. Take it all for what it is OPINION. Arrive at decisions by making this only a part of the process.

Set:
Goals / Expectations / Needs / Wants / Money available

Then:
Research
Compare
Try / Touch / Test
Document findings

Then:
Wait a few days to ensure you do not make a hasty decision.

This hobby is expensive and many people leave because they get in over their heads and waste money or get dissatisfied with what they bought. Then the complaining comes and ultimately they get mad and leave or stress out over the bad decision they made.

The decision on the radio is one of the most important decisions you will make in this hobby. You bought a very good radio and hopefully stay happy with that decision.

Glad you are in the hobby...

Chicagoslick

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03-09-2016 10:55 PM  19 months agoPost 47
cmezip

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I have owned DX6, DX7, DX8, Futaba 14sg and now I own a JR XG14. I really prefer it's ergonomics, switch placement and lite weight. I've never understood why someone would want to own a heavy controller. I am thumb flyer that stays in the air for 6-12 minutes.

Side note 175 flights on a Belted Protos V2 with zero static issues.

Steve

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03-09-2016 11:57 PM  19 months agoPost 48
doorman

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Glad You Got Info

I moved from a JR 12x to the XG14 and have no regrets!!
I am pretty sure your gonna like it... and not because I am on the team...

Stan

AMA 2918-Team JR, Spin Blades, East Coast Scale Helicopter,Castle Creations

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03-10-2016 12:45 AM  19 months agoPost 49
fastflyer20

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Jeti is redefining what a TX should be in both ergonomics and features.

Tom
CAUTION - my posts are based on my experiences, yours may be different.

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03-10-2016 02:53 AM  19 months agoPost 50
LaDon

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I really don't think Jeti is doing all of that. For me it is all completely out of place. I have not liked the feel of it at all. Now the features they are feature rich I will give it that. They have done a good job there.

Team Jr

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03-10-2016 06:16 AM  19 months agoPost 51
Ronald Thomas

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+1
For me the Jeti is awkward and you need a tray of some sort to use it. That totally defeats my "hands around the tx" feel.

Team MikadoUSA 480XXTreme, 550SX, 600SX, 700XXTreme, 800XXTreme!!

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03-10-2016 08:14 AM  19 months agoPost 52
Heli_Splatter

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Next Radio

I will be looking seriously at the JR XG14 for my next radio. Not so much for the ergonomics as the xbus system. Of course, I want to get my hands on one. I am flying Dx8, Dx18, and JR9303 for now. I like the feel of the 9303 but it is heavy.

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03-10-2016 12:18 PM  19 months agoPost 53
Noobyflyer

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The Jetis are very cool, but as mentioned prior, they look like they are geared towards trays and pinchers. I'm a "holder/thumber".

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03-10-2016 01:39 PM  19 months agoPost 54
Four Stroker

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The key difference between the 14SG and XG14 is that the 14SG has talking temelemtry and the XG14 has great sticks. Pick what is important to you. Essentially all club purchases are peer group purchases. This was not the case in years past.

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03-10-2016 04:00 PM  19 months agoPost 55
fastflyer20

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Ah there is the confusion - Jeti offers two, one for use with a tray and one to hold. I tried many different TX's and the Jeti for holding was the thinnest and most comfortable.

Vcontrol was one of the thickest and least comfortable.

That's why it is good to have options....

Tom
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03-11-2016 01:52 AM  19 months agoPost 56
Noobyflyer

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^I'll be darned. I did not know that. Good to know. I've never given them a hard look because they appeared to be so flat in every advertisement and in need of a tray, suited for pinchers. Good to know.

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03-11-2016 06:47 AM  19 months agoPost 57
Heli_Splatter

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Trying Out Radios

I was wondering about that comment; "go to the LHS and try the radios out".
1.) I don't know how many LHS's have enough radios on hand or are willing to unbox them to let you try them. They pretty much sell what the local guys use. The LHS is geared toward the lower end of the guy entering the hobby.
2.) The local fields tend to mass around one or two brands. That makes it easier to get help from others. It also gets you into the "there is nothing better argument." There is a lot of brand loyalty and it costs a lot to switch brands.
3.) If you want something less common, you will probably have to order it on-line.
4.) You might do well to attend some fly-in events or hobby fairs to see what is available.
5.) You will have to see what is written about the radios on the internet and sift through a lot of chaff to find the grain of truth.

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03-11-2016 11:42 AM  19 months agoPost 58
Bouchah

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Go to some big events where there are vendors, hold as many different radio models as you can, this is the best way to decide for yourself. When the JR 11x radio came out I asked myself who would buy that crazy looking thing? Answer, Me, after holding nearly every radio available at the time. As said previously, you cant ask a forum which one feels better, its just not that simple.

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03-11-2016 11:53 AM  19 months agoPost 59
Noobyflyer

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I can and I did.

Thanks for all of the helpful comments in making my decision.

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