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11-24-2006 03:48 PM  11 years agoPost 21
rickc

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Creve Coeur IL. (Peoria Area)

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After having 2 10X's and then going with a 9ZWC2 I thought that was hard, but after getting use to the 9Z I would never go back to a JR, not bashing at all, I just prefer a Futaba these days. Then I bought a 12Z and sold my 9Z, I went through a headache for about a week. But now I really like the 12z best of all as far as programming. It just takes some learning as anything would, but once you catch on you realize how nice the features are and appreciate them.

Rick

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11-25-2006 02:04 AM  11 years agoPost 22
UH-60PILOT

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Seoul, South Korea

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I agree with rickc in so far as the useable features that actually do make it easier to use and/or set up once you know the menu. I'm just talking about the features that are not needed to be a good pilot. I guess what I'm saying is that guys really jump at these gee-whiz radios like they think it will improve their flying just because they have it and once they get it they are just frustrated. Yeah, anything new is going to take some time to learn and understand before you will get all of the benefits and that's understandable and to be expected. I'm not saying that these new radios are a gimmick. They do everything that they are advertised to do. All I'm saying is that a lot of people buy this stuff simply because they feel they have to keep up with the Joneses.

Kenny Thompson

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11-25-2006 02:45 AM  11 years agoPost 23
tchavei

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Portugal

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Ok

I'll be the first to admit it.

I sucked before I bought the 14Mz and I still suck after using it for about a year now.

Catch is, I suck because I don't risk enough (I get too attached to my birds, crash costs, crash down time, etc). I NEVER blamed the radio(s) or my machine(s) for that.

Its just me

Tony

PS - rather have a 2000$ radio in my hands than a 4000$ heli wreck down the field. At least I bring the Tx home all the time.

Tony


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"Perfection and patience usually walk side by side..."

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11-25-2006 04:09 AM  11 years agoPost 24
steed302

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Wahiawa, Hawaii, USA

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I would be the first to say that expensive equipment does not equal great flying skills. That being said I too have a 14mz and love it. I purchaced mine about a year ago as a replacement for my worn out 8uhp super. When shopping for a new radio I looked at the 9chps and the 9z, both of which are good radios. A radio is an investment that you must live with for a while so you should get one that you like. Granted, not everyone can pick one up and I was lucky to get one, but for those of you who do not OWN one please stop bashing it. It is a great radio, period. By the way it is sooo much easier to program than my 8uhps, manual or not.

Trex 450, Trex 600, Fury Extreme 91, Eco 8, Hawk Pro

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11-25-2006 05:49 AM  11 years agoPost 25
UH-60PILOT

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Seoul, South Korea

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I'm not bashing any radios and I think the 14MZ is awesome. I have the money to buy one but I am out of the 72Mhz business all together after going to 2.4Ghz. I am only flying micro helis now here in Korea where I am very leary of flying at the local fields where frequency control is not a priority. So I went to flying my Spektrumized 6102 and am happy with the simplicity and performance of this radio. When I leave Korea and go back to the states in about six months I'll be looking to get the best radio out there that is working on 2.4Ghz. I don't care what the processing rate is or if it will have a color display or MP3 player. All I want is the basic functions that are comensurate with today's programmable radios. If the 14MZ is Spektrumized by then I may very well get one but uninterupted radio connectivity is priority number one for me especially when I get back into the bigger birds. 2.4Ghz rules!

Kenny Thompson

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11-25-2006 03:23 PM  11 years agoPost 26
Flyon

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Auburn, California

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Every time I think I want a 12 or 14, I take that money and put in the helicopter account. Now I don't worry about fuel costs, crash costs or any upgrades I want to do. Not owning a 12 or 14, but wanting one, has made me a better pilot.

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11-25-2006 05:18 PM  11 years agoPost 27
JeremyZ

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Round Lake Beach, IL - USA

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Well, there have been some good points made, and some good discussion so far.

When I started out, I bought a humble Hitec Optic 6. (Am I the only one here who has a Hitec? Not that it would bother me.) It seems to have all the features necessary to fly a heli. I have my little fixed-pitch Honeybee on it now. When I ran out of model memories because I had more than 8 planes, I bought a Spektrum DX6. I'm going to fly my T-Rex with that one.

I'm with the guys who think not worrying about getting shot down is the single most important feature. A close second (for me, at least) is model memories. I want more than anything to just have one good radio. It doesn't need stuff for 4 servo wings, or to control 14 channels. It just needs to be glitch-free, and have the ability to fly everything I have.

I'm thinking of getting a DX7 as soon as I can and selling off all the 72 MHz equipment, but I think I might take too much of a loss. Plus, my old man has a Flash 5 and he's still on the trainer cord (will be for a while, I think...) so I don't want to leave him up the creek. I wonder if he might consider selling his 72 MHz and buying my DX6...

I can't imagine how I would feel if my $2000 radio and $3000 helicopter were shot down by some chump with his three channel radio and his $80 Aerobird Challenger a couple blocks away. All that money, and you STILL can't count on not being shot down? That's a bunch of hoo-hah.

"Well begun is half done." -Aristotle

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11-25-2006 09:17 PM  11 years agoPost 28
spruce

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toledo, oh

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All that money, and you STILL can't count on not being shot down? That's a bunch of hoo-hah.
you think the dx7 is bulletproof ?? lol. do a search Spectrum technology is not the end all be all, better ? yes. bulletproof? not even close.

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