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05-18-2016 02:58 AM  19 months agoPost 1
skyboy672

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Thinking for getting back into the hobby..My first purchase is going to be a transmitter..JR is what is used to have..Any suggestions on a 9ch transmitter..And what's this telemetry I'm reading about?Answers would be helpful

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05-18-2016 07:29 AM  19 months agoPost 2
artimus

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Welocme back. What tx did u have , was it 2.4g or 72mhz? JR has changed their protcal to DMSS and is not compatible with DMS2 or DMSX. Telemetry is a two way signal that the aircraft send back to the tx or to a log and give you data on several things. Such as battery capacity motor rpm elevation, air speed gps data......all kind of things. So if your battery gets to a certain level an alarm can sound....

Fly Hard......Team Viagra

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05-18-2016 01:11 PM  19 months agoPost 3
skyboy672

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I used to use the jr 9303..Very easy to use..I called horizon yesterday asking them the same question and the told me to stay away from JR and go with Specktrum..Wonder why

Telemetry sounds cool..I was looking into the Futaba 18SZH.

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05-18-2016 02:02 PM  19 months agoPost 4
Doug

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I hate to recommend anything made in China but, the Taranis is awesome.

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05-18-2016 02:32 PM  19 months agoPost 5
KJH

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Another option

My nitro helis have been in storage for 10 years. I wanted to get them flight worthy, but trusty Futaba 9C started failing me, last year. The beeper for the timer was getting very faint. Ok, so it might be my ears that are failing me. That was my initial justification to get a new transmitter. Well, that and the 9C should really be put out to pasture. As I fly (crash?) helis (nitro, gas and electric), electric planes (micros up to 4S) and racing quadcopters, I wanted one transmitter to do it all. I found it with the FrSky Taranis X9D. Yes, there is a learning curve, for the uh, curves. Telemetry is cool. With a little configuration, I flick a switch and get the receiver pack voltage or signal strength or play "Highway to the Danger Zone" or Airwolf theme. Yes, other brands with do this, too. I've been slowly updating my models with FrSky receivers as I build confidence with the system. I'm impressed. The BNF micros use a Spektrum DSMX module based on this design:

http://johnprikkel.blogspot.com/2014/07/jr-dsmx.html

The bigger helis, planes and quads have FrSky receivers. The old helis (MA X-Cell and Bergen Intrepid) have FrSky receivers and there's one ready to be put in a Raptor 30v1.

-Kevin

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05-18-2016 02:32 PM  19 months agoPost 6
doorman

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Tx???

First, let me say, yes I am on Team JR...
That aside, I have flown JR since 1990..
When JR made the break with Spektrum I went ahead and began to switch over to the new DMSS protocol..(that took some time for 30+ models!!)
I would suggest the XG11or 14, or if you want the flagship check out the 28X,..
The programing on the 14 is about the same as your 9303... I cannot comment on the 28 though, since I have not owned one to work with...but it being named best product of the year might give you a hint as to it's capabilities!!
The new systems are amazing, and set up is very easy...with a "connection" to your aircraft like never before... and XBUS, really offers a whole new ballgame..,
Take a look at JRAmericas....
Not a sales pitch, just experience from usage!!!
Stan

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

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05-18-2016 02:33 PM  19 months agoPost 7
KJH

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What Doug said....

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05-18-2016 02:50 PM  19 months agoPost 8
skyboy672

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I don't care for Chinese either so I was looking into the JR xg11mv or the Futaba 18szh..I think going with a good transmitter is very important..
Does anyone know the ease of use on an 18szh?

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05-18-2016 02:56 PM  19 months agoPost 9
Steff Giguere

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You should at least have a look at the v-bar control radio.

Team Synergy, Rail blades, Team Scorpion, V-Team

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05-18-2016 03:13 PM  19 months agoPost 10
fastflyer20

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Jeti is coming on strong, 1/3 the price of JR and Futaba top of the line TX with more features, top quality and the most comprehensive telemetry.

For value, the Spektrum DX9 is at a good price point vs quality and features.

IMHO JR and Futaba are falling behind quickly.

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

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05-18-2016 03:19 PM  19 months agoPost 11
skyboy672

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Where are the spectrums manufactured anyone know?

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05-18-2016 03:27 PM  19 months agoPost 12
skyboy672

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One of reason I choose JR back in the day was their superb customer service..when I sent stuff in id have it back within a week as a matter of fact at one point they has fedex deliver my 10x to the field on fun fly day..Can't beat that

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05-18-2016 04:06 PM  19 months agoPost 13
KJH

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Spektrum manufactured in...

Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia and yes, China.

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05-19-2016 04:28 AM  19 months agoPost 14
artimus

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Any Spektrum made in China are knockoffs.....bad quality and reliability. Tiwain on the lable Real Spektrum .China on the lable is a knockoff clone. All kinds of info on it. Check the Spektrum web site for details.

Fly Hard......Team Viagra

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05-19-2016 02:47 PM  19 months agoPost 15
Heli_Splatter

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I am pretty much died in the wool SpeKtrum user. However if I had to start over, I think that I would give Futaba and JR a real hard look assuming money was not an issue.

True frequency hopping... I had two JR radios 9303 and 11x and loved them both. I have had 2-dx6i, Dx8, DX18 gen1, and DX18 gen2. I got the DX8 for telemetry... and have been using telemetry for quite some time now.

I can't say other than my own stupidity have I lost a model due to any of these radio's performance. I read and understand binding, setup and failsafe binding. Any radio can bite you if you do not understand how to set it up properly.

I am very interested in the xBus and sBus systems of the newer radios.

On the budget radio side; the radios coming out of China are very good for their price point. It is hard to believe how much radio you can buy for not so many greenbacks.

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05-19-2016 11:48 PM  19 months agoPost 16
Ghia

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My 9C and 8U TX still have life in them. Now that FBL controllers take all the mixing duties from the the TX, I see no reason to buy a new transmitter.

I send them to radio south for repairs, and I still use 72mhz modules for some things. New radio lock you into what ever modulation/Receivers Spektrum/Futaba/JR wants you have.

I don't trust spektrum in anything larger then a BNF micro/foamy. ALL my larger planes/helis/monster trucks etc use XPS modules for a rock solid link.

On another note who, do you think JR modeled their radio link off of when they finally left Spektrum and created their DMSS system? With some minor changes DMSS is built on XPS archeticture. So it too is a great radio link.

XPS only sells modules so if your looking for a complete radio system I'd buy JR DMSS for no worries or for more expense/also a solid link, shop Futaba FHSS and FAST systems.

I'm very happy with my current 9C/XPS 2.4g module right now and not tempted for a new radio till XPS offers their own complete radio. Their service is exceptional with free crash replacements on Rx if damaged.

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05-19-2016 11:58 PM  19 months agoPost 17
Ghia

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KJH

You have a Bergen G-10 framed XCell 30 in your gallery, I have the same also and plan to resurrect my old xcell 30s and nitro Bergen Intrepids eventually.

Very cool helis bro!

http://www.rchelispot.com/album_pic.php?pic_id=4159

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05-20-2016 12:57 AM  19 months agoPost 18
Steve Graham

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Hmmmm, Which TX should I buy?

Watch at YouTube

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05-20-2016 01:01 AM  19 months agoPost 19
Steve Graham

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For Value: FRSKY

For commonality: Spektrum

For utility: V Control

For pure sex appeal: Jeti

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05-20-2016 01:07 AM  19 months agoPost 20
KJH

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Ghia,
Nice to know there are others out there still breathing life into these old machines. Nice pic! My Bergen framed X-Cell 30 now has an OS .46 and a 28" tail boom to swing 600mm blades. It had been in storage for over 10 years, before I tore it all down and rebuilt it this winter. If you need 30 size tail booms and stock MA bent frames, let me know. Sorry skyboy672 for the diversion. Now, back to the discussion at hand...

-Kevin

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