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04-24-2009 08:36 PM  9 years agoPost 1
777ER

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Hi,
I was out of R/C for a good few years due to starting a career...now that I have settled down and return to what I like doing.

I start exploring the R/C online shops and now I see a boom of electric kits, motors, batteries, the FASST stuff...etc

I have a Futaba 8UHP that I use on my X-Cell .60 Custom Graphite and while reading the Tower Hobbies master catalog, I was reading the benefits of the FASST system and I have to ask, is it worth it and does it really work that good?

Reason I ask is because they have the module/Rx kit for the 8UHP:
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bi...?&I=LXRTU7&P=ML

-Chris

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04-24-2009 10:06 PM  9 years agoPost 2
rapidity

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It's worth it just not having to worry about someone else turning on their radio on your 72 channel. I've been flying the fasst since it first came out, and haven't had any kind of problem yet.

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04-25-2009 01:20 PM  9 years agoPost 3
kcordell

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It will work perfect on that radio.

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04-26-2009 04:04 AM  9 years agoPost 4
erict

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piece of mind. i work weird shifts so when i get a chance to fly i want to do it. before i got faast i was on channel 20 and wouldnt you know it there was a guy at the field on channel 20 with the exact same work schedule as me... or so it seemed. best money i have spent in this hobby. do it and dont look back.

eric

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04-26-2009 04:18 AM  9 years agoPost 5
AltecLansing

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Once I got a fasst system, I sold my 72mhz stuff and haven't looked back. I like not having to worry about being shot down or shooting someone down by accident. If you have the money, you may wish to get a newer radio too. I have a 6ex and a 12fgh. I thought I was happy with the 6ex. When I got the 12fgh, it was like heaven.

Man, I miss the eighties.

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04-26-2009 05:53 PM  9 years agoPost 6
kcordell

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I do love the FASST system in my 14MZ, but I will admit, I kept two 5014 RX's and module on 50 mhz. Just seems like a waste of the license, plus can do two more models without having to buy anything.

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04-26-2009 08:35 PM  9 years agoPost 7
777ER

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Wow sounds like it's worth it.

I have a X-Cell .60 Graphite Custom #1004 that I use a Futaba 8UHP on it, has a CSM360 HH gyro, GV-1 govener, a generator and charging system onboard. S9202 on the aileron, elevator, collective. S9203 for the tail rotor...and S148BB(I think) on the throttle.

I hope it works well with that setup then I wouldn't need to reprogram all the settings!

My other radio is a Futaba 6XA for the Ultra sport 40 plane powered by a Super Tigre .61 engine

And a Futaba Skysport 4 ch for the Mig Fox bat combat plane.

I wish I knew of this earlier, I already have a R/C airliner about to start construction on, will be powered by two RX-20 glow ducted fan units, have nav lights, composite wing and fuse.

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04-26-2009 08:40 PM  9 years agoPost 8
kcordell

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You won't have to reprogram anything. Just make sure you check where you servo connections go, they're not numbered the same as on the 72 stuff, but your current program will be good to go.

Team Synergy/Rail, Team Scorpion, YS Engines, VelTye

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04-26-2009 08:49 PM  9 years agoPost 9
Four Stroker

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$300 for the module and one receiver. You could wait a while and get the new 10CGH and R6014HS for ~$600 street.

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04-26-2009 09:02 PM  9 years agoPost 10
777ER

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You won't have to reprogram anything. Just make sure you check where you servo connections go, they're not numbered the same as on the 72 stuff, but your current program will be good to go.
Just took a look at the pic of the FASST RX and I see what you're talking about.

What's the data port on it for?

So there will be 2 antennas coming out of it like the same length of a standard antenna?

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04-26-2009 11:43 PM  9 years agoPost 11
kcordell

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The data port is just there, doesn't do anything.
The two antennas are about 7 inches long. All you need to do is make sure for optimum reception that the unshielded ends (about 1.5 inches) are 90 degrees to each other. No need to mount this receiver in foam either.

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04-26-2009 11:52 PM  9 years agoPost 12
777ER

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The two antennas are about 7 inches long. All you need to do is make sure for optimum reception that the unshielded ends (about 1.5 inches) are 90 degrees to each other. No need to mount this receiver in foam either.
So it would look like opposite L's shape to each other?

How is it mounted or routed on a X-Cell?

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04-27-2009 01:30 AM  9 years agoPost 13
Four Stroker

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04-27-2009 04:53 AM  9 years agoPost 14
777ER

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Yikes...looks like it's gonna be a bit hard to set it up in the front of the X-Cell without the tips touching the canopy.

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04-27-2009 11:49 PM  9 years agoPost 15
kcordell

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Touching the canopy shouldn't be a problem. And the 90 degree rule is for OPTIMUM reception. Many have tried and used without issue running close to parallel. On my Fury Extreme I have one going rearward up against the rest of the electronics and the other one slightly down (about 70 degrees when compared) and not even close to the canopy.
On my Razor, both are mounted on the boom supports via a 1 inch piece of fuel tubing to space it from the supports. They are actually only about 45 degrees and I haven't had any issues. I know some of the testing was down with the antennas actually touching each other and twisted.

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04-28-2009 04:22 AM  9 years agoPost 16
777ER

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I think I can get the antennas in the 90* way without touching the canopy. Gonna make a plastic tray to position the antennas 90* and I have a ideal location to mount it in the X-Cell.

Also read this today:
http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/...article_id=1105

And this will be my next upgrade. Does anyone know if the price is gonna drop soon?

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04-29-2009 03:09 AM  9 years agoPost 17
777ER

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Just brought the FASST kit for the 8UHP for $275 shipped

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05-06-2009 03:21 AM  9 years agoPost 18
777ER

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Got the FASST system in 2 days ago.

I'm a bit suprised the Rx looked alot smaller than I thought it would be.

From reading the directions, it recommends to wrap the Rx in foam for vibration protection.

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05-06-2009 04:16 AM  9 years agoPost 19
AltecLansing

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I used velcro on mine and haven't experienced any problems so far.

Man, I miss the eighties.

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05-06-2009 10:19 PM  9 years agoPost 20
darkfa8

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the FASST receivers do not have to be wrapped up in foam. They give off some heat and shouldn't be totally insulated.

Most people adhere them to a flat surface with some velcro and then run a velcro strap around them, that's it. The new RX's don't require the same sort of insulation from vibration like the FM units do.

- Dan Goldstein
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