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01-15-2010 12:16 AM  8 years agoPost 1
JetFire

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Seriously, without getting into brand wars... I'm torn between the new 9503 and the 8FG. I've been a Futaba user myself but I want the best bang for my buck and hopefully get into a radio that I don't have to upgrade again anytime soon in the near future. One of these radios will be my next big purchase whenever I can decide which one I'll benefit from the most and I'll need you're guys help based on your experiences. I currently just have my 90 so changing gear wont be an issue if I have too. My 7C has been loyal without any issues and anything 10 channel and above is just overkill for me regardless of brand so I've narrowed it down to these two because its also in my price range. In a nutshell, I want a radio that I'll be able to tell the difference performance wise. I'm not familiar with JR electronics so I'd like to hear from those who's owned both to shed some light.

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01-15-2010 12:23 AM  8 years agoPost 2
Damper

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Looked into the hitec aurora 9 or the airtronics 10 more bang for the same amount of money. Just a thought.

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01-15-2010 12:24 AM  8 years agoPost 3
Steff Giguere

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They are both new radio versions, therefore any one will last you a very long time. Both are also very capable radios, either will do the job very well. I too am a Futaba guy and find programming very easy, but lately I tried programming the 9303 and it too was very easy. If you 7C was 2.4 then stick with Futaba that way you will be able to use the RX you already own. If your 7C was 72mhz then either will be fine.

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01-15-2010 12:29 AM  8 years agoPost 4
rc.chris

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Go with the 9503! JR(Spektrum) has some many different receiver that you can use and they are alot cheaper also! There are also alot of BNF micros and minis that you can use with the JR. I was a strictly Futaba user until I got my 9303, after I used it I sold my 9C.

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01-15-2010 01:06 AM  8 years agoPost 5
Thomas L Erb

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I agree with all here that both are great radios but the 9503 has a lot less programing when it comes to eccpm helis. the swash mix is just unbelieveable. If you go to the Futaba fourm you will see many new post about the 8fg as its programing and speed.
Try this on for starters as well as much discussion in others without 8fg in the header ( simple search will reveal this) .
https://rc.runryder.com/t546561p1/
Futaba has many recivers that will fill any bill needed. the newest HS versions are outstanding in performance

https://rc.runryder.com/t552690p1/

as far as the swash mix here is the best explaination of how to use it I have seen so far thanks to Dr. Ben
https://rc.runryder.com/t563511p1/ ( is written for the 12fg but most will apply here)
Read this one on the JR thread

https://rc.runryder.com/t561642p1/.

I dont know what the resolution is on the 9503 is but the 8Fg is 2048 and another nice feature is the SD card interface for future updates from futaba.
Just take the time to really read thru the programing of both and you will see what you get for the money you spend.

lastly here is another "difference" you will "feel" in your wallet

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bi...?&I=LXXGG2&P=SM
http://www.horizonhobby.com/Product...?ProdID=JRP2930

$70.00 extra for less?
Again i am not bashing JR at all. They make a very nice radio but for me it comes down to programing

Tom

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01-15-2010 01:10 AM  8 years agoPost 6
hootowl

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I didn't go by channels. I went by user features and power. Ended up with the Futaba 12Z. Your radio is forever. Pay once. Get the best.

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01-15-2010 01:30 AM  8 years agoPost 7
Yug

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Programming is more then adequate in all these Txes nowdays. For me, what's important is the feel of the gimbals and the balance of the Tx.

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01-15-2010 01:41 AM  8 years agoPost 8
JetFire

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Not to mention the SD card app and imediate program upgrades from Futaba with this option; but, vertually unlimited memory that can be move to you PC for update and program....Only seen in the 12 and 14 Z and the JR12X.
Quoted from 'Fran' on another thread. Now, I haven't owned a radio with an SD card before so I have no clue to the benefits aside from extended memory. The ability to update sounds good, but what does that really mean? I'm guessing the ability to fix any glitches and adding new features?
Your radio is forever. Pay once. Get the best.
Hootowl, I agree completely. Unfortunately, I don't have that kind of money but I am slowly getting there.

Thanx to those who replied.


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01-15-2010 02:20 AM  8 years agoPost 9
TheWoodCrafter

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Costa Mesa, Ca.

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I have been saving for a 10CG. I expect it will be the last radio I buy.

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

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01-15-2010 02:21 AM  8 years agoPost 10
hootowl

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Great choice

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01-15-2010 12:01 PM  8 years agoPost 11
Thomas L Erb

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'm guessing the ability to fix any glitches and adding new features?
exactly

without having to send it back to the factory
this radio also has nice quad bearing gimbals

Tom

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01-15-2010 01:21 PM  8 years agoPost 12
TRACERBOB

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I went with the 9503 to replace my old 72mHz 9303. Sure, the 12X and 14Z are great radios but I find their price rather prohibitive.

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01-15-2010 01:58 PM  8 years agoPost 13
kcordell

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Get the 8FG. You won't be disappointed.

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01-15-2010 02:24 PM  8 years agoPost 14
DustinB

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Houston, TX

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Never used an 8FG, but I just went from a 7C to a 10C. One hell of a leap forward in programming options. I got mine off ebay for $550.

This actually has the ability to see servo position so you know you're at half stick. Tons of other features that I haven't really dug into yet. I love the delay? option it has. This really helps with throttle hold on nitros after autoing. It will slow the throttle servo down by however much you set it when coming out of a condition, so you don't burn your clutch up.

There's really too much to keep up with. The 8FG is supposed to be a good radio though, I figured I would get a radio that I would never have to upgrade so I got the 10CHG. If you have any 72MHz receivers still you can get the 10CHP model, which is module based to you can use 72MHz or 2.4. Check out the finless bob videos, he did a video set on the 10C.

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01-20-2010 07:08 PM  8 years agoPost 15
chopper_crazy

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I love my X9303 radio so my vote goes to the 9503

It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!

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02-03-2010 01:18 AM  8 years agoPost 16
distefs

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Mount Sinai, NY - USA

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I just ordered the 8fgh myself, but only after long and exhausting evalution of the A9, 8fgh and 9503. I was extremely close to getting the A9 because of it's price and features, but it just ate at me that it was still 1024 resolution, only 2 three position switches and it does not balance well on a strap. I think that maye the A9 is great for planes, and ok for helis. The 9503 is not firmware upgradable by the user, does not have the swash-ring feature and does not balance well either. I'm not sure what the resolution or latency is. The 8fgh does all of these things and is lighter. The only thing I don't like about the 8fgh is it's looks- I'm sorry, but it looks like something my 6 yr old would use to play with his toys. Oh- and I also wish that Futaba's receivers were a little cheaper, so I guess that's two things I'm not crazy about. But when I throw it all on a scale, performance out-weighs appearance and neat features like touch screen and telementry. You program you radio once, but it's performance is essential every time you fly.

This is my .02 and I know there are people who would not agree. I am not trying to offend or put any other radio down, I am just posting my own personal evalution (and findings). I think all three of these radios have strong (and weak) points and I just went with what matters to me most.

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02-03-2010 03:41 AM  8 years agoPost 17
jake26

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for the record the A9 is 2048 resolution
http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_8443151/tm.htm

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02-03-2010 03:44 AM  8 years agoPost 18
cdrking

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Great deal here

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02-03-2010 03:46 AM  8 years agoPost 19
basmntdweller

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Indianapolis IN

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I was a long time Futaba user but bought into the Spektrum/JR system only because Futaba was draggin it's heels releasing their 2.4 system. I am now flying a 9303, wishing for a 9503. I can't speak on the programming for the Futaba 8Channel you mention but I have to program a friends 12FG all the time. So far, the Futaba 9C was the easiest I have ever programmed. It was very intuitive and logical. The new 12FG is the hardest most confusing radio I have ever programmed! It has amazing capabilities but it can be maddening at times trying to get what I want done. My 9303 is somewhere in between the 9C and the 12FG as far as programming. Given a choice if price wasn't a factor, I'd go with JR/Spektrum for the sole feature of modelmatch. I haven't heard if Hitec or Airtronics has a similar feature or not.
They are all fantastic radios compared to just a few short years ago!

Matt


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02-03-2010 04:01 AM  8 years agoPost 20
distefs

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Mount Sinai, NY - USA

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for the record the A9 is 2048 resolution
http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_8443151/tm.htm
That's what they promised... and then delivered 1024. Check the date on that post and then look at the current specs. They're hard to find but I'm 99% sure that it's 1024. I'm guessing they did that because the radio supports both PCM and 2.4. Maybe if they had a dedicated 2.4 system it would be 2048, but I'm just guessing.

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