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07-17-2002 06:29 AM  16 years agoPost 1
Mopzilla

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Today I saw a bunch of assorted switches that look EXACTLY like the short ones (~.45") on my futaba radio - and they cost just around 2-3 dollars... And futaba charges $5 for switches/replacement, when you still have to pay TX shipping for the repair?

I didn't realize that they were standardized - i thought futaba wanted to make special money off of these small switch repairs. Looks like all you gotta do is resolder the two ends. This also means that you can put any switch where you want it to be - i have a 6XHS, so i can't assign switch functions electronically.

Just in case you broke a switch and were preparing the check, remember this!

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07-17-2002 03:56 PM  16 years agoPost 2
RC-CAM

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Although there are a couple of exceptions, the switches used by Futaba (made by Jewel) are generally NOT standard pinouts. You will see what I mean when you buy a "standard" toggle switch and attempt to install it in a higher end Futaba Tx.

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07-18-2002 01:08 AM  16 years agoPost 3
Roamer

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Yeah, the Futaba "Jewel" switches arn't standard. They are the special "Lord, these really suck nad MAN are they expensive" variety. For the only about the second time, I decided to use the plastic radio box when I went to the field a few weeks ago. When I opened it up at the field, the trainer/throttle cut switch was broken. I should have just set it in the seat beside me like I always do... $10 to fix it at the local hobby shop (they installed it for free). I about choked when I saw the price on that switch! I have purchased a LOT of electronic bits and pieces over the years, and $10 for this tiny SPDT spring off switch is just rediculous. Oh well. At least my radio is fully functional again!

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07-18-2002 01:38 PM  16 years agoPost 4
AMCross

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Please remember, gentlemen, that volume makes all the difference in pricing. Whereas your average switch you can buy in circuit city is made by the millions, these switches are purchased by the hundreds...

You can replace your radio switches yourself on your non-warranty radio if you choose to do so, and can purchase the switches through any hobby shop for approximately $5/switch.

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07-18-2002 07:47 PM  16 years agoPost 5
brc007

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I think that is the point. Futaba has chosen to use proprietary (non standard) pin spacing on their switches. They could have used an "average switch" with standard pin spacing which "is made by the millions" If they had used standard pin spacing we the consumer could use any switches we wanted (with standard pin spacing) i.e. higher quality and/or different sizes/shapes.

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07-18-2002 07:50 PM  16 years agoPost 6
AMCross

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I understand completely Brian. Sorry, that piece of things is outside my realms.

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07-18-2002 10:06 PM  16 years agoPost 7
jetranger

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switch
If you go to an electronics store you can get c&s switch fits alot of tx not cheap but you get what you pay for

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07-19-2002 02:33 AM  16 years agoPost 8
Roamer

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And I wouldn't even mind them using propritary switches IF they used GOOD switches! A switch that brakes with the radio in the case... Sigh. I was really supprises just how small the shaft was on the switch down inside. It was tiny.

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07-19-2002 02:52 AM  16 years agoPost 9
Safe_Cracker

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Hmmm, if it fits in the hole, use it...
If you know what you are doing it's nothing to wire any switch you choose as long as you choose correctly!A switch (toggle switch) performs a simple function, usually two or three functions (on/off, n/1/2, etc)and as long as you stick with the same size, functionality and voltage ratings you should not have any problems.I would suggest to purchase a quality switch for if your throttle hold kicked in unexpected it could be disasterous.If you can get it replaced for only $10 I would go that route.A quality switch will cost you a GOOD $5. and it's not worth the savings of $5. to attempt it!This is just my opinion and I will shut up now, LOL......

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07-19-2002 04:36 AM  16 years agoPost 10
Roamer

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The problem is that the switches are soldered into a small PC board, not wired directly to wires like you would think. So, you need the three leads to come out with the right kind of leads, the right spacing, etc for it to fit the PC board. You can't just buy an off the shelf switch that will fit the hole and solder it up.

Of course, the fact that I spent the $10 to replace the switch at the shop tells you that I wasn't willing to spend the time or money to find another switch that WOULD fit and just called it good. After a bit of cussing, that is.

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