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03-11-2010 01:29 PM  8 years agoPost 1
Los_Hirobo

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I have been kicking the idea around of converting my radio to 2.4 using the spektrum system any thoughts or opinions from anyone who has done this?

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03-11-2010 01:43 PM  8 years agoPost 2
z11355

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I'm going to try it using the Spektrum conversion. currently, the module and a receiver (AR7000) retail as a set for about $100 so you're getting the module for free.

So, basically, it's a freebie. If you dont like it, it cost you nothing and you can sell the AR7000's or just get a DX7 or whatever transmitter.

it should be here in the next few days.

Other choice is the Futaba TM8 module for $170 (module only). So, right out of the box, a minimal system is almost 3x the Spektrum cost (module and 1 rx). the nice thing w/ the TM8 is that the antenna is integrated into the module whereas w/ the Spektrum, you have a short piece of coax to the antenna.

Right now, I'm having pangs of buyers remorse and perhaps I should have
done the 8FG w/ 2 rx 'deal' for about $450. At that price, it really doesn't make much sense to modify the 9Z w/ Futaba FASST unless you really have an attachment to the 9Z.

Oh, it *appears* as though you need to buy a phony antenna mast and a special 9Z adaptor for the Spektrum module which adds maybe $10-15 to the overall cost.

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03-11-2010 02:16 PM  8 years agoPost 3
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Let me know how it works out for you. I am kind of attached to the radio works fine for me. i cant see spending 300 buks and the futaba system for a few buks more you could buy a new radio. thats why i am leaning towards the spektrum system

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03-11-2010 02:22 PM  8 years agoPost 4
z11355

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agreed; you can probably still get a couple of hundred for a 9Z so moving to an 8FG may well be close to a wash.

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03-11-2010 02:49 PM  8 years agoPost 5
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If you get the 8FG now, you'll get an extra receiver R617FS for just $10. plus if you are a TH club member, then you get a $60.00 off coupon and free shipping.
http://towerhobbies.com/products/futaba/futk8000m.html

Doug.

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03-11-2010 03:54 PM  8 years agoPost 6
Los_Hirobo

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I know but im attached to my radio LOL if the spektrum conversion is not the way to go then i might have to bite the bullet and get another radio

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03-11-2010 10:43 PM  8 years agoPost 7
Coolrunnin

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The FASST conversion really does work well on the 9z. Converted mine about 6mths ago and certainly don't regret it. The 9z is still better made and more solid than most more modern radios I have tried (including the 14MZ). It even balances correctly on a neckstrap on 2.4 without any additional bracketry

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03-11-2010 10:49 PM  8 years agoPost 8
z11355

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did you end up requiring the fake antenna and the little 'cap' that Spektrum sells for the 9Z conversion?

They said (via phone) that the module box contained everything I needed but I saw it didn't include those two components.

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03-11-2010 11:29 PM  8 years agoPost 9
Los_Hirobo

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for the cost of a fasst system you could almost get a new radio

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03-12-2010 12:42 PM  8 years agoPost 10
Ken

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Converting 9Z WC2 to 2.4
Hi

I have both Futaba 2.4 TM8 module conversion, which I use for outside flying. And the Spektrum 2.4 conversion for indoor electric. both on the 9Z WC2.

Both work with no problems

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ken

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03-12-2010 12:47 PM  8 years agoPost 11
z11355

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Ken,

What was the reason you went w/ both systems?

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03-12-2010 12:52 PM  8 years agoPost 12
Los_Hirobo

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thats what i am wondering why both?

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03-12-2010 06:09 PM  8 years agoPost 13
Ken

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Converting 9Z WC2 to 2.4
Hi z11355

I fly all Futaba and have done so for years, I would not change my 9Z WC2 sets for all the world. I was delighted when Futaba brought out the TM8 2.4 module for the 9 series, and have used one for over a year now, with the 7 and 8 chan RX's in both heli's and plank's.

But I have started to fly indoor electric in the winter, which are mainly on the Spektrum 2.4 DSM2 system, so to save having another TX I purchased the Spektrum 2.4 module, so I can still use my 9Zap TX's.

I am very pleased with both systems, never had any problems.

regards
ken

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