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01-16-2006 02:46 AM  13 years ago
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fire929

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Good Heli radio for Newbie
Anyone Suggest good heli radio with enough features for advancement from entry level to extreme 3D.?????
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01-16-2006 04:31 AM  13 years ago
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That's a pretty open ended question and I'm sure you'll get a lot of different answers here. It depends on your budget. One item to take into consideration is what most people are using locally where you're flying. You don't want to have a radio that nobody in your area knows how to program (although, I doubt that would happen.)

Anyway, get the most you can afford. I started with a Futaba 7C. That lasted about two weeks. I bought a 9C Super. That lasted several months. Now I use a JR 10X. Well, sure sould have been cheaper to just start out with the 10X (which I really like). If you can swing a 9 channel, go for it. You'll be happier in the long run and you won't have extra radios laying around like me . Remember, the radio is the one item you can use on all your helis, I mean you don't really need three of them. Get one that feels good to you. If you are new to helis and are not profiecient at set up and programming, go talk to some local guys and be sure you can get some help...it'll make life sooooo much easier for you. Personally, if I had it to do all over again I would have bought the JR 9303 in the first place and I still be using it.
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01-16-2006 03:46 PM  13 years ago
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My 2 penneth....

If you are on a retstriced budget then IMO the best entry level radio is the JR2610. Granted it's only 6 channel and doesn't have an 2 idle-up settings but they are the only drawbacks I can see.

If you compare similar radios from Futaba or Sawana then they either cost more or have fewer features.

The best things about the JR2610 are as follows:

Fully graphic 5 point mixing curves.
Digital trims
20 model memories

Just my opinion.......
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01-16-2006 04:11 PM  13 years ago
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fire929, Buy the most radio that you can afford. If you don't, when you are ready to step up you will end up with a paperweight. You can find tha Futaba 9chf super fm for around $450.00. And that's with 4 3151 servos. Bruckner hobbies in The Bronx, NY. Upgrade the servos when they die, or when you outgrow them. You will still have a great radio.


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01-17-2006 12:24 AM  13 years ago
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Thanx
Thanx a lot
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01-18-2006 08:57 PM  13 years ago
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you want a 5pt curve and Expo. these are a must, most radios with 7Ch or more will do this and the new JR line of 6ch will also, but if you are on a budget you can pick up a older radio with 7CH or more real cheap under $150 generally that will do all you need, just do not buy a 6channel radio you will definatly outgrow them, i still fly my old Jr x347 which is now 10 years old but it does everything I will ever need although one or 2 more free mixes would be nice but since I have switched from Gas to electrics that is not needed anymore. I fyou have the cash go for new, but I am one who will not hesitate to recomend for a beginner to get used radio (but it must be a 7ch or more with 5pt curves and expo!!!!
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01-18-2006 09:20 PM  13 years ago
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Get a 7channel minimum. While the JR 6 channels have the 5pt curve, when you start getting more advanced you'll probably want a governor in addition to your gyro, and having that 7th channel to use with the governor greatly enhances it's worth. And the difference between a 7CHP and 2610 is not that much.

7CHP, 9CHP, Eclipse, 9X, all of them are great. Just buy the best one you can afford. I have the Eclipse and it does everything I need it to, but every once in a while I look at those 9CHP and 9X's with a greenish hue.
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01-19-2006 12:22 AM  13 years ago
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JR 9303 W/DIGITAL SERVOS very user friendly and easy to program
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01-19-2006 12:25 AM  13 years ago
Yug

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I've been using the futaba 9C for ages and am still happy with it. It's never let me down, not too heavy, more than enough features, comfortable and good value for money. Only downside is the latency.
Can't comment on the JRs but there you go.
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01-19-2006 06:09 PM  13 years ago
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Guy

Did you take a look at JKos TX/RX eCCPM latency test results?

In one table he suggests a latency of 116mS and in another table a latency of 68.7 mS. For a JR9303 he has 47mS.

For those not sure mS is milli second. So 100 milli seconds is 1/10 of a second. Sorry not trying to teach the granny to suck eggs here.

Are you telling us or can any outrageous stick bangers tell us that they can really notice the difference between 47 mS before the helicopter responds and 68.7mS?
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01-19-2006 07:30 PM  13 years ago
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Hiya, yeap I saw those results. I think it was JKos that put me onto them because I was trying to figure out why my swash was(is) not moving uniformly. It also means that if you're pumping, then you have to do a bit of correction (as one servo will lead the others) which, would be improved if the latency was reduced. The 14MZ is magnitudes faster but unfortunately I don't have enough spare dosh for that.
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01-20-2006 01:16 AM  13 years ago
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I'm using a 9CHP as my primary radio. I also have a 7CH and an Airtronics (Sanwa) 6 channel. The only reason I use any radio other than the 9 is for some planes that I have equiped with receivers or crystals for the other radios.

As someone else mentioned, I would have been much better off getting the 9CHP at the start (or a 9WC2).

I've been thinking of upgradeing but not sure to what. The 14MZ is just too much money. I'm also concerned about whether 2.4GHz and Spread Spectrum will take over. But in the meantime the 9CHP is great.
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