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08-03-2007 02:30 AM  13 years ago
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Arcos

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Greetings
Hey everyone, I'm new to the rc heli community, just wanted to probe
minds of experienced flyers.

After perusing as many sites as i could I decided on a Raptor 30 as my first heli. I've ordered everything I need to build it from kit, including the bearing upgrade. I have not bought the electronics yet though. I'm leaning towards a JR product atm. What do you prefer?

I want something that I will be able to hook into my pc to use on the sim.

Thanks in advance for any responses.
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08-03-2007 02:47 AM  13 years ago
UCGC

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JR all the way . You're about to get a bunch of different answers. JR and Futaba are both great products...it's kind of a personal preference. If you have assistance available, see what they are using...it may be easier to get help that way.
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08-03-2007 01:16 PM  13 years ago
lrogers

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This is a "preference" thing. I prefer Futaba gear. I really like my 9CHP Super. What are the guys locally using? Having experienced help to show you how to set up/program your gear to make the most of it is a great help. All the majors make good equipment, but in my opinion, fall short with their manuals. Setting up a modern computer radio can be very intimidating if you never done it before.
I think if I were buying a new radio today, it would be one that used the 2.4 ghz technology. That seems to be the future of radio gear. I think JR has released thier 9 channel 2.4 unit and Futaba is due to release a 12 channel unit the end of this month (I think). That will be my next radio!
Larry Rogers - R/C Helicopter Pilot
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08-03-2007 01:39 PM  13 years ago
TRACERBOB

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I prefer the JR 9303. It's easy to program, has loads of features, a nice graphic interface, a 30 model memory and its now available in 2.4 ghz. Another plus is Ray Hostetler uses this radio plus a raptor in his first instructional dvd set. I learned quite a bit about theory and practice from this video and I would highly reccomend that you pick up the set.
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08-03-2007 03:04 PM  13 years ago
Arcos

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Thanks for the responses, I havent went out to the local fields (there are 2 of them localy that i've found so far) but plan on it this weekend, hopefully I can find someone to help guide me along. As friendly as everyone in this community seems, i'm sure it wont be a problem.

My kit just arrived in the mail, time to get started. Hopefully I wont have any extra parts left over when i'm done =/
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08-03-2007 08:16 PM  13 years ago
airboss

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get a 2.4 system!! dont buy anything else.Urukay HPS3 KSE 700 HPS3
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08-03-2007 11:10 PM  13 years ago
garaptor

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I fly JR and like it, the club pro is a Futaba rep and swears by them. I do know,get a pcm receiver instead of ppm. Ppm has given me a lot of glitches and interference. Also, visit Michael Prewitts site at http://www.raptortechnique.com/. Its a "must have" for building,set-up,electronics,etc. As far a radio that has computer compatibility, I dont know. I think most prefer a separate Sim system such as G3.
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