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05-22-2017 03:14 PM  4 months agoPost 1
Four Stroker

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There is a new apparently water proof drone transmitter with centering throttle stick approved on the FCC site. Water Proof ? Do drones fly in the rain ? Rubber boots on sticks and switches.

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05-25-2017 07:30 PM  4 months agoPost 2
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This is for the industrial radio control market; ex- UAV platforms and commercial or agricultural drone/multi-copter. This type TX is often used for surveying platforms (need to use in all weather conditions, specifically in emergency situations), used in conjuncture with a ground station for UAVs, or for general line of sight commercial filming (which may take place in the rain, on a boat, etc).

So naturally while for what us hobby pilots do, it would seem silly to introduce this to the hobby RC market. In turn it is geared towards that market and actually will not be available through the hobby RC distributors, strictly for industrial customers. None the less it is a neat product and hopefully we will be seeing things like this being used in everyday life soon, if not already in some areas of the world. In Japan, it is not a strange sight at all to see a Yamaha R-Max/Fazer (a big RC helicopter) flying around a field doing its daily job.

Nick

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05-25-2017 09:22 PM  4 months agoPost 3
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Commercial radios occasionally show up on the FCC site. For example, the FX20 is FCC approved. Not by Futaba USA but by some guy in Florida.

Hey Nick;

What is this innovative "Potiless-Technik" all about ?

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05-25-2017 10:03 PM  4 months agoPost 4
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The FX-20 is (was) actually a hobby radio, just only for the European market, so Futaba only got it CE certified. It is essentially a T8FG. The US Hobby distributor here in the US does not carry this TX so no reason to get it FCC certified from the Futaba side.

RipMax Germany's Potless (I think Potiless is German plural for all pots in the TX)option is actually done by the distributor over there, NOT by Futaba. A gentleman in RipMax Germany is a electrical engineer/independent designer and offers a potless (hall sensor) gimbals for their European TX through a company called "ACT". So far, Futaba has not adopted this. Futaba's 18MZ/SZ gimbals performance is so incredible that at this point there is no reason to change. I see that is advertised on the FX-36 which is a tray type TX of the 18SZ, and maybe his gimbals are being used in that TX, but don't quote me on that. I am honestly not 100% sure as I do not follow the European specific product much, so this is just a guess from knowing some of the products that Klaus offers.

Nick

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05-25-2017 10:29 PM  4 months agoPost 5
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I hate Hall Effect sensors and don't want Futaba to use them. Hall Effect sticks have to have a snap to center s/w to get around the hysteresis. But I don't want a color touch screen either.

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05-25-2017 10:34 PM  4 months agoPost 6
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NOUN das Poti | die Potis
SYNO Potentiometer | Potenziometer

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