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07-19-2002 04:23 AM  16 years agoPost 1
supafly

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Is this radio any good? is it advanced enough to get me through aerobatics or will it run me dry like my 6x

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07-19-2002 04:33 AM  16 years agoPost 2
Kurt64

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That is what I am using...it is a very good radio for the price. I am no expert 3D flier, but I do hover inverted, loops, rolls, stall turns, etc...no problem. I talked with a couple of JR, Bergren, and Xcell reps about the radio and they had nothing but good things to say about it other than it would be better if it had an 8th channel for turning the GV1 on and off.....I just use the throttle stick position to do that anyway. I am sure you wont be disappointed. JMO

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07-19-2002 05:47 AM  16 years agoPost 3
Sceadu1

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Hitec Eclipse 7
I agree with Kurt64 I don't think you could go wrong with this radio. I really like mine and its easy to program. Good luck with what ever radio you buy.

Jerry

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07-19-2002 07:14 AM  16 years agoPost 4
Greg McFadden

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Just be sure to test the high speed transition in the 3d curve when you are using all 5 points on throttle and pitch curves... mine screwed up the curve fitting and the pitch curve went nutz. Sent it back to hitec, they did something to it to make it work (I think) but be careful and if you think you see something strange and think you imagined it, you probably did NOT. Luckily didn't cost me a helicopter. Hitec said that they adjusted the gimbal.... funny thing about that... the throttle/pitch gimbal is attached to two different channels (throttle and pitch) but only one was malfunctioning (pitch). but to make it better I (stupidly) did not write down all of my settings (I had every memory location used) so I can not really test to see if they really fixed anything or just reset my radio... Honestly, it sounds like an obscure software glitch (I could cure the problem by inhibiting point 2 on the pitch curve) possibly related to all the other stuff I had programmed.... It was just enough to scare me into checking every time... as I slowly get my radio set back up.

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07-19-2002 07:57 AM  16 years agoPost 5
ncostes

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I got this radio because there were 2 other guys that would fly on my channel on saturdays at our field.

So I bought this radio w/the synthesized frequency Spectra module. They sell it as a TX + Spectra module + charger + tx battery deal for $229 or thereabouts. It does NOT come with RX batt - you must get that (but the charger will do TX and RX).

This is different from their "helicopter" package -that one has a fixed frequency module, so I didn't get that.

The synthesize TX module is WORTH IT!!! You can fly on any channel.

The Hitec RX crystals are cheap - $8 per.

I bought 2 rx ($60 per), 4 crystals, and 10 425BB ($13 per) servos to equip my 2 helis.

So far so good, channel conflicts are resolved with a screwdriver to the TX module and a xtal change in the rx.

Watch out for 2 things though...

If you get the package I got (tx + spectra only) it doesn't come with the heli ratchet. Call hitec and they'll send you one (it's just a little piece of metal). In the meantime DwayneT showed me how to just flip the ratche t over, and bend it a little to have it be smooth but with friction like it should be instead of racheted like for airplanes.

The other thing I had to do was tighten the springs a little - very easy, instructions tell you how, just open back and screw in 4 screws some.

If you don't need the synthesized module an RD6000 Super might be a better deal, I have one of those too, and even though the hitec is easy to program, the RD6000 Super was easier and more intuitive - I had that one programmed without reading the manual - the eclipse I had to read the manual.

Heliproz has the RD6000 Super with RX and 5 BB servos for $289. I'm getting ready to sell mine for $200 (same package as heliproz) - but someone is checking it out so it's not in the for sale forum yet

Just from a feel and ease of use, I personally prefer the RD6000 super - if only they had a synthesized TX module and the airtronics RX crystals were $8 instead of $18

The flight mode and idle up switches on the RD6000 are much easier to reach, and I really don't like the hover throttle/pitch knobs on the eclipse I prefer the digital pushbuttons for those functions on the 6000 (but some people like the knobs).

Good luck!
Nick

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07-19-2002 10:15 AM  16 years agoPost 6
nexusnz

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I also have an Eclipse 7 and its been nothing but good, a few of my other heli guys cringe and say they don't really like Hitec but I think Hitec have hit the nail on the head with this radio.
I also had the same problem as archer183 and mine is currently away getting fixed.
But besides that its awesome and I would reccomend it to you.

Iain

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07-19-2002 12:44 PM  16 years agoPost 7
jbrundt

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I have one too. I retired my Futaba 9V. I debated getting the Eclipse and the 9C. I'm glad I went with the Eclipse. It's an exceptional bargain and has all the features you'll need to do basic stuff or all out 3D.

Get one.

You won't be sorry.

Jeff (whose not being paid to endorse Hitec)

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07-19-2002 04:18 PM  16 years agoPost 8
Greg McFadden

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I hate to say it but I am kind of glad to hear that someone else had that problem....

hey nexusnz when did you buy your Eclipse? I bought mine about a year ago when they first came out.

i didn't even know they had a heli-ratchet... cool

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07-19-2002 04:21 PM  16 years agoPost 9
Kurt64

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I bought mine at http://www.speedzoneraceway.com/store.asp
At the time, they had the best prices around. I am not sure how they compare now, but I am sure they are still low.

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07-19-2002 04:48 PM  16 years agoPost 10
pipercopter

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For ease in programming nothing beats the Futaba 9C. PPM version sells for slightly over 100 dollars more than the Eclipse. I had an Eclipse once but I did not like some of the Heli programming features. One feature that specially annoyed me was the lack of stick position on the display. When programming the pitch curves, I like to see where the stick is precisely when adjusting the 1/4, Mid, and 3/4 stick position. The futaba does not have the syn module. However it does have the capability to transmit on PCM (if you buy the FM version, the transmitter is PCM capable). The 9C is also set up for mixture control and speed governor (set up for the GV1). For the gyro, Futaba designed the gyro program to match their GY series gyros but also has the program for the standard piezo gyro. If you plan to use a trainer cord, the 9C can utilized any Futaba transmitter.

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07-20-2002 12:14 AM  16 years agoPost 11
nexusnz

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archer183
I bought mine in may 2001 when they first arrived here in NZ, I think for some of the first ones out this was a common problem? I have heard of other guys who have had this problem when they got theirs when it frist came out.
But I presume Hitec have found and fixed the problem by now?

Iain
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07-20-2002 02:00 AM  16 years agoPost 12
Greg McFadden

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I think so, that is the time I bought mine... they told me that they "adjusted the gimbal" now, I have looked in there and the left gimball (2 pots to adjust) goes to 3 servos... now if it was one of the pots that was off, it should have messed up both the throttle and pitch curves (it didn't , it only messed up pitch) so from my programming and engineering and modeling experience I would say that it is most likely a programming bug that probably was fixed in a later revision of the software. I liked their service other than this "adjusted pots BS" and now it seems to be working well.. .. but yeah, make sure to check the transmitters for this problem.

Usually their stuff is good but this scared me. oh, and btw, the only electronics that I own that are not hitec is one 401/9253 combo and 3 very old and not used JR standard servos. I have probably 20-50 422/425 servos, several 525's, a bunch of recievers, etc,. and they all work good. (I moved over in feb 2002, from being a long time planker (since 1992/1993) to helicopters)

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07-21-2002 03:45 AM  16 years agoPost 13
Vitya

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Why the heck would ANY transmitter have two pots for throttle and pitch. It is higly illogical. The radio is fully capable of transmitting two channels with only one pot for input. Is this a new breed of radios? I think you may have mistaken the extra pot for the rudder. Sounds very weird...

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07-21-2002 03:56 AM  16 years agoPost 14
Greg McFadden

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You misread my post.


there were two pots on the left gimbal (I left the next bit out) ONE RUDDER ONE THROTTLE and they said they adjusted the gimbal. if it were a gimball problem then both throttle and pitch (since they are electronically linked) should have been screwing up

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