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01-16-2010 09:58 PM  8 years agoPost 1
distefs

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Hi,

I am looking into buying a new TX since my 9C isn't going to cut it for eCCPM. I was considering the 12FGH until I came across the Aurora 9. It has been compared to the 10C and the 9303, but how does it rate against an upper end radio like the 12FGH? Does anyone think that this radio has what it takes to be used by the pros for 3D?

Also, I don't for sure but I don't think Hitec has produced hi-end radios before and I am concerned about how reliable the A9 will be.

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01-16-2010 10:21 PM  8 years agoPost 2
Don

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01-16-2010 10:45 PM  8 years agoPost 3
bigbadflyer

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I too had a 9C and was going to buy the Aurora 9.
I researched the hell out of it and all in all it looked like it was going to be a fantastic TX. I finally got tired of waiting for it to come out so went off and brought a 12FGH and to be honest I think it was all for the best. Dont get me wrong as I havent heard a bad thing about the A9 but the 12FG is a fantatic TX and worth every cent IMHO.
I dont regret it in any way.

My only deep deep down concern with the A9 was the heli programming.
Futaba and JR have this down packed and I decided that at least I knew it was going to work perfectly if I stuck with these two brands. Also the info and help that you can get with JR and Futaba products would be a lot easier than trying to track down people with the A9.
I think that is worth it on its own.

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01-16-2010 11:47 PM  8 years agoPost 4
face992

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hi, just ordered an aurora 9 too... i think that was the right decision, i would never buy the t12 instead. according to all accounts its chassis is produced at high quality standards, the touchscreen works well (especially programming should be easy) and the sticks appears to be damn well (even better than the ones on the new t8). and above all: it has telemetry, thats cool... with this you are the hero on your airfield. apart from this, the price is nice for what you get (t12 doesnt even have a backlight).

im very excited about the aurora, hope it'll work well. im 100% sure that you can fly the best 3d with it, should be no problem at all, also because the good sticks. alan szabo flys with the dx7, and i think the aurora is going to be much better.

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01-17-2010 12:21 AM  8 years agoPost 5
ncarbon

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Ordered as well.
I also have done a lot of research and reading through the web. I too chose the Aurora 9 and wait its arrival. My last radio was a JR 10x. Did everything I needed. But considering I am getting back into the hobby, price is very important to me. And Between my choices of JR9503 - Futaba 10C/FG8 and the Hitec Aurora 9, I decided for the Aurora. All the reviews and reports have been very favorable.

FWIW Ned

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01-17-2010 12:40 AM  8 years agoPost 6
distefs

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At this point, I am siding with the A9. I have heard nothing but positive reviews and the price is very attractive- but I wonder what makes the 12FGH so much more $$$ and how the A9 compares in features/quality/etc. I am not an all-out 3D pilot (not even close) but maybe someday. It upsets me that I just bought my 9C two years ago and now I realize that it has serious latency issues with eCCPM. I don't want to go through this again in the near future. That said, the 12FG is used and recommended by many to be more than I'll ever need. So, I am just wondering what will I miss out on if I went with the Aurora? So far, I don't think I'll be missing out on anything.

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01-17-2010 01:18 AM  8 years agoPost 7
bigbadflyer

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You cant compare a A9 to a 12FG as they are miles apart. Not even Hitec does that. You need to compare it to a 10C and if thats the case the A9 seems like a far better TX.

One thing I dont like about the A9 is the piece of wire going between the module and the antenna. Its a bad design and knowing how clumsy I am I'll rip it out within minutes.

12FG has quad bearing gimbals and until to feel that smoothness you cant go back

Please dont get me wrong, the A9 looks like to be a fantastic TX and I would not hesitate to own one.

Has there been any reviews with top heli pilots??? I'd be curious to hear what they have to say.

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01-17-2010 01:27 AM  8 years agoPost 8
Don

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12FG has quad bearing gimbals and until to feel that smoothness you cant go back
So does the A9.

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01-17-2010 01:28 AM  8 years agoPost 9
bigbadflyer

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well there you go then. Its just as good as the 12FG

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01-17-2010 01:31 AM  8 years agoPost 10
distefs

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BigBadFlyer- I'm not that adept in radios, and I feel that the A9 is better than the 10C, but what makes the 12fgh miles apart from the A9? I believe the A9 has quad bearings as well. Is it the programming? Is it the latency? Is it the resolution? I would like to get an understanding for what makes them so far apart.

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01-17-2010 04:49 AM  8 years agoPost 11
bigbadflyer

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Resolution of 2048 compared to 1024.
Hitec promised it was going to be 2048 but right at the last minute it changed. Yes you probably need to be super human to feel the difference but I cant see the point in going backwards in technology. Some servos are now coming out 4096 resolution so the you might as well grab the technology if you can.

Flight condition setting in the 12FG/12Z/14MZ are the best in the market. If you dont know what they are do a search here on RR or google it.

Support and help with programming, buddy boxing at the field, build quality etc etc.

The 10C is one of the quickest TXs on the market (quicker than the DX7se I read somewhere) so the if latency is your main goal look at one of those. The Aurora may be quicker but so far there are no tests on the net showing how quick it is.

Download the manual of the Aurora and download a manual of a 12FGH and have a read. Find somebody at the field that has one of each and put it in you hand. Then decide.

Everybody that picks up my 12FG at the and plays with it and all commemts are that it just feels superb.

Im not knocking the A9 at all and please dont think I am. As I said I was going to buy one but am now glad I brought my 12FG

C.

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01-17-2010 03:08 PM  8 years agoPost 12
distefs

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Thank you all for your help. As BigBadFlyer mentioned, I am going to check out what flight conditions are- BTW, I think the A9's latency is 14ms, 10C is 7ms, and the 7se is 11ms. Latency is an issue with me because my 9c is around 300ms (and servo speed limitions) and is the whole reason why i am looking for a new TX. I have to say though, I don't think 14ms is going to be an issue but it may haunt me- slong with (like BigBadFlyer mentioned) the resolution.

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01-17-2010 04:10 PM  8 years agoPost 13
TMoore

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Some servos are now coming out 4096 resolution so the you might as well grab the technology if you can.
Which servos are these?

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01-17-2010 04:38 PM  8 years agoPost 14
Don

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I just saw that Tower dropped the price of the A9 another $30 to $399.99. A-Main had this price too.

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01-17-2010 05:18 PM  8 years agoPost 15
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I am looking into buying a new TX since my 9C isn't going to cut it for eCCPM.
I don't know much about the Futaba TX's but is this really true? I find it hard to believe that the 9C doesn't support a 120 deg. swash

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01-17-2010 05:27 PM  8 years agoPost 16
inkspot1967

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the 9c does support 120 ccpm

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01-17-2010 05:35 PM  8 years agoPost 17
Dagigalo

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FYI I believe the JR 9303 has bean discontinued and replaiced with the JR X9503. Worth looking on to also.

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01-17-2010 05:36 PM  8 years agoPost 18
mdu6

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He is probably refering to how the 9C scores in the latency tests (last)

PCM in eCCPM Mode
Futaba 9C |R149DP |44 |110| 57 |123 | 83.5

PPM in eCCPM Mode
Futaba 9C |FM |50 | 55| 72.3| 82.3| 64.9

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01-17-2010 06:51 PM  8 years agoPost 19
Bundian

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Why don't you pop a TM-8 module on the 9C and get an HS receiver?
You have 2048 resolution for a lot less than buyin a new radio.
I'm using this setup on my 700 for 3D it is as god as it gets

Fly it like you stole it!!!

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01-17-2010 06:59 PM  8 years agoPost 20
distefs

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I don't know much about the Futaba TX's but is this really true? I find it hard to believe that the 9C doesn't support a 120 deg. swash
mdu6 is right, I was referring to the latency. The 9C supports 120 swash but it is slow.
Some servos are now coming out 4096 resolution so the you might as well grab the technology if you can.
I guess if it cutting edge that you want, you will never end up buying anything because as you wait for something to come out, someone else promises something better. There comes a point where you just have to pull the trigger and not look back.

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