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10-22-2009 09:33 PM  8 years agoPost 1
whattheheli

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I bought my DX7 about 2 years ago and loved it!! I thought to myself"why did I wait sooo long ? " And I still do love the signal quality. Hands down! No glitches, no freq pins. My problem is the kind of quality of there hardware. Meaning switches and such. It seems to me that Horizon hobby kinda cheaped out on the quality there. I have sent my tx back 1 time this year and may have to send it back again . I understand horizon has good CS but the thing is just becouse you have good CS dept does not mean I wanna have to use it 2 times a year. I am having issues with the hover pitch switch. That is 1 item i have never used on my transmitter and it is the 1 switch that goes out on my radio. Is it me or is spektrum a 2nd quality devision of JR. I have never heard of anyone having stupid issues like mine with JR. and they are the same company. Why not build all radios with the same quality standard. I am currently planning on getting a Spektrum Module for my 9CAP. The transmitter is built like a tank, and with the spektrum module. I will have the best of both worlds.

Does anyone feel my pain and frustration.

Trex500,T600N,DX7se

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10-22-2009 09:45 PM  8 years agoPost 2
KsSportflyer

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Man that sucks. I almost switched to futaba a while back because my dx6i was messing up. Instead I picked up a Dx7 and have not had any problems yet. Hope I dont.

Brandon

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10-22-2009 09:48 PM  8 years agoPost 3
Blade_Master1

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Is it me or is spektrum a 2nd quality devision of JR
I think Spektrum is a lower quality TX for sure just look at the servos they provide with the radio utterly useless for 50 size nitro's.
I also had to return mine I had some kind of memory failure.

If I could afford a JR TX I would have bought it instead
Futaba has better quality then Spektrum

doesn't matter much though because I won't be buying Spektrum in the future.
when my funds get better I will be switching over to Futaba even though I prefer spektrum system over futaba I would rather have Quality I can afford

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10-22-2009 09:48 PM  8 years agoPost 4
TankDirt

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spectrum DX-7 here for 2 years..heavy use..no problems..and mine was even bought used

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10-22-2009 09:51 PM  8 years agoPost 5
whattheheli

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Im praying for ya brother! lol

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10-22-2009 10:31 PM  8 years agoPost 6
fran

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I've flown both JR and Futaba and Spektrum for the past decades (except Spektrum ofcourse)
For the longest time (even when I flew for them) Futaba programing sucked and then came the 9C...I really think the Specktrum copied the 8103 JR programming (I know) and applied it to their DX 7. But I have to admit that the new C series from Futabe is spot-on. 10CHG and their newest the 8 FGH is the BEST bang for the buck and has the speed of the 12Z and 14Z High end radios....however, if you honestly use more than 8 channels (truthfully now), then you'll need to jump on the highends for sure.

The Spektrum DS821s are the same as the JR 821s and are a fair fifty size servo for over 85% of our heli population. Unless you can honestly tell the diff between 7ms and 14ms (frames of all TXs) transmission; the, you would not order the DX7 or 7CH anyway...you'd be flying a radio that can produce that frame rate..

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10-22-2009 10:35 PM  8 years agoPost 7
Dood

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just look at the servos they provide with the radio utterly useless for 50 size nitro's.
My x9303 came with the same DS821's, so it isn't just Spektrum that packages those servos with the transmitter

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10-22-2009 10:54 PM  8 years agoPost 8
krashtagain

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I think Spektrum is a lower quality TX for sure just look at the servos they provide with the radio utterly useless for 50 size nitro's.
New industry standard requiring radios to come with 50 size compatible servos ?

Don't fret over the DX7 They're are good radios . If the only issue is a couple radio repairs throughout your course in the hobby you'll be a lucky man .

If you're not living on the edge you're just taking up space !

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10-22-2009 11:29 PM  8 years agoPost 9
Blade_Master1

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New industry standard requiring radios to come with 50 size compatible servos ?
It is a Heli radio shouldn't you get decent servos for a heli ?
afterall I did pay extra for those servos
( I guess we don't deserve good servos)
My x9303 came with the same DS821's, so it isn't just Spektrum that packages those servos with the transmitter
that's a nice radio I am very suprised that JR would do that
especialy after all the bad publicity over these servos.

I am realy sorry to hear that JR is doing that I thought they wanted to keep their good name

1 more reason to drop Spektrum

It saddens me to see people getting taken advantage of by the companies in this hobby. most of the stuff is waaaaay overpriced
they see an addiction and take advantage of it

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10-22-2009 11:33 PM  8 years agoPost 10
whattheheli

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My thin is I that if I pay 300 for a transmitter. I shouldnt have a bunch of small problems. Maybe 1 or 2 is exceptable the entire time i own it. But I dont think anyone should have to send a transmitter in even once every a year. Just becouse I dont pay 1500 for a radio does not mean i should get crappy quality.

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10-22-2009 11:38 PM  8 years agoPost 11
krashtagain

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It is a Heli radio shouldn't you get decent servos for a heli ?
821's are wonderful for a 30 size . Maybe we should all email Spactrum and JR and demand 8717's with a DX& and up class radio , huh .

Yes I agree whattheheli but like every other product in the world a bad one sneaks through the crack from time to time . Call Horizon and tell them you are unhappy with the issues with the DX7 what would they consider doing to make it right .

If you're not living on the edge you're just taking up space !

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10-22-2009 11:46 PM  8 years agoPost 12
Blade_Master1

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821's are wonderful for a 30 size . Maybe we should all email Spactrum and JR and demand 8717's with a DX& and up class radio , huh .
sure sound like a good idea
they can make differant packages of TX,RX, servos of course you would have to pay more

I'm not saying I should get 8717's for the price of 20$ servos

I am saying is sell me a Radio with decent servos and if you can't supply decent servos for 20$ then supply the 40$ servo that won't crash my heli.

Futaba comes with decent servos

I have had my Spekrum TX for 2 years
I had to send the TX in for repairs
I also sent in 3 RX for repairs
Spektrum has failed a few times on me resulting in 2 crashes so far
from signal loss not brown outs
sometimes even today after the repairs the system doesn't always boot up properly the lights are on but no connection.
If I reboot this fixes it but sometimes I have to reboot twice

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10-22-2009 11:50 PM  8 years agoPost 13
bstock

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Being that the DX7 is probably to most popular radio out there... I would think quality control issues would sneak through once in awhile.

Having said that... a friend has had numerous problems with his DX7 also. He just changed up to a 9303 so he didn't have to buy new RXs.

I wish they would package them with more servos combinations... so we can intelligently choose what we want... and still get value in our TX purchase.

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10-23-2009 12:03 AM  8 years agoPost 14
whattheheli

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I would have to agree with about 90% of the replys to this thread. But I am still going to use the 9cap with a module. I may even go for the FASST module. eventualy I have Fasst in my HPI Baja. no issues. and its a solid conection every time. and I dont have a case for that radio so it get banged up allot and no issues at all !

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10-23-2009 12:22 AM  8 years agoPost 15
krashtagain

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I have 12 rtf helis,6 planks with spek in them , 3 yrs strong and not a single issue here . Sorry about your bad luck with spek wtheli good luck with your 9cap .

If you're not living on the edge you're just taking up space !

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10-23-2009 12:23 AM  8 years agoPost 16
DarkSide41

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I guess I'm lucky. I bought one of the 1st DX7 TX (without servos) as my 1st radio in early '07 and have had nothing but great performance. I've been running a lipo for about 6 months now with no issues and I use it for flying and sim. I like my DX7.

BTW, search Futaba problems and you'll come up with a heap of user complaints as well. It's the internet afterall and you'll find anyone who has ever had a problem with anything in just a couple clicks ...

" The biggest threat to our freedom is not from foreign terrorist , but domestic morons"

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10-23-2009 12:28 AM  8 years agoPost 17
Thomas L Erb

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whattheheli I have seen some post about interaction issues with the spektum module in a futaba radio. It seems to work fine for all applications execpt ccpm. you might want to check it out before you decide. Here is one http://www.runryder.com/t548030p1/

Tom

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10-23-2009 12:39 AM  8 years agoPost 18
Dilbeck

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Seems like some on here are complaining about paying $300 for a transmitter that they may or may not have to service 1-2 times a year. Wonder how many times it was dropped/spilled soda on/over charged/undercharged and the list goes on. You will pay upwards of $30/40.000 for a new car and not have 1 single problem in a year? How about a new laptop at $700.00 and try taking that out into the weather/grass/dust/dropping and the list goes on!! Are these transmitters that bad or are we just expecting way to much of them? Its starting to sound like my 19yr old boy, Whats for dinner, Can I get some gas money, What mow the yard? How much will you pay me!!!

Clint

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10-23-2009 12:45 AM  8 years agoPost 19
krashtagain

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Its starting to sound like my 19yr old boy, Whats for dinner, Can I get some gas money, What mow the yard? How much will you pay me!!!
The phrase of the day !!!

If you're not living on the edge you're just taking up space !

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10-23-2009 12:50 AM  8 years agoPost 20
Blade_Master1

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Seems like some on here are complaining about paying $300 for a transmitter that they may or may not have to service 1-2 times a year
if it only costed 300$ mine was closer 500$ here in Canada.
My radio is well taken of since it is the only 1 I have.
Just because something doesn't meet your criteria of expensive doesn't mean it should be acceptable to be expect defects'
OH I have a 2000 Ford ZX2 that I bought new that never saw the garage after it was bought. I do all the maintenance and still have it runs great looks good no rust. It only costed about 20,000$
I have seen way more expensive cars in the shop for warranty work

just because you have a budget doesn't mean you should have to settle for garbage.

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