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08-02-2011 06:33 AM  6 years agoPost 1
Nicros

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So beating this topic further to death- between the 8FG and X9503- Im leaning towards the X9503. Why? Only need one radio, I cant think of any advantage to having one for my BnF and a separate one for other stuff...

Price-wise it's kind of a wash. Swapping out my DSM2 stuff, getting a new tx for my BnF etc etc.

The one last point that I dont know about is the popularity of futaba here in socal (san diego). The 8FG is not sold anywhere here. So the LHS is not going to be able to help with the programming if needed (I only have a TRex 450, flash foamie and a BnF Vapor). Seeing the size of my fleet I doubt Ill need any help but still.

Should this be a concern? From what the LHS guys tell me when calling around is that futaba is more midwest and east coast. Is that true?

And should this be a factor in my decision? Super hard, Im suffering from paralysis from analysis. The two tx are both very nice in different ways...

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08-02-2011 06:59 AM  6 years agoPost 2
Dood

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From what the LHS guys tell me when calling around is that futaba is more midwest and east coast. Is that true?
I think thats crazy. It's probably about the same ratio of futaba & JR guys throughout the country.
I have seen some localized bias, though. For example -- one field might be 80% JR. A club 30 miles down the road might be 80% Futaba.
should this be a factor in my decision?
Some might argue that you should buy what other local guys use so they can help you with it, but I think that's crap.
I've been saying for years that if the local help was any good, they're competent enough to help you with ANY radio, whether that be Hitec, Airtronics, Futaba, JR, or whatever.

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08-02-2011 07:32 AM  6 years agoPost 3
Nicros

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Fair enough.

Can you think of any reason why having two TX (8FG and DX6i) would be an advantage?

Been reading around more and more and I have some concerns about the quality of the JR X9503. My DX7 certainly had some problems (including some plastic bits inside the battery housing that broke). I'm sure most people have no problem, but the forums seem to have quite a few people who have.

While I understand this has no real meaning it is something to consider.

and I'm thinking that the quality of the radio may be a deciding factor. Very difficult too, since I cannot actually hold the 8FG- at least I can pick up the X9503 locally.

Too bad the Dood is not in San Diego...

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08-02-2011 07:38 AM  6 years agoPost 4
Phaedrus

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20 years ago buying what the locals used was far more critical than it is now. Since this thing they call the Internets got invented help is just a few keystrokes away.

Sadly, all too often the LHS is trying to sell you what they stock, and that may not be the best metric to use when deciding on a radio. Think about what features you need most and what best fits your budget. And keep in mind that both Futaba and JR/Spektrum service are located a few miles apart in Champaign, IL. So 'local" service is not a factor

For me Futaba has the best solution. The 8FG is a 14 channel radio that costs less than $500 and provides a proven solid RF link using a single receiver. Pretty hard to beat in my book.

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08-02-2011 07:42 AM  6 years agoPost 5
Nicros

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You know, I just thought of a good reason to have 2 transmitters- did I mention that I have two small children (5 and 7)? Both of which are quite inquisitive.

The DX6i could be the sim/BnF tx, the 8FG can be daddy's toy...

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08-02-2011 07:52 AM  6 years agoPost 6
Dood

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You might not like the feel of the 8FG at first, but it will grow on you.
While I love my 8FG, I didn't always feel this way. Before the 8FG's were on sale to the public, Futaba had an 8FG demo unit on display at their tent at IRCHA. The moment I picked it up I hated it. It just felt like cheap, flimsy plastic to me.

I was a 9303 user at the time, so my hands were well accustomed to holding a very nice radio. Keep in mind though, that when I purchased my 9303 new it was about $200 more than what an 8FG goes for today.

The 8FG is not and has never been marketed towards the high-end radio market. Futaba developed the 14MZ, 12Z & 12FG to satisfy that market. The made the 8FG to fill a gap between their low-end radios like the 6EX and 7C and the 10C.
The 8FG was developed to be a MIDDLE OF THE ROAD radio to give users all the features of their high-end radios but without the $900+ price tag. The result is a very light weight, plastic radio with a matte black satin finish and a smallish LCD screen, but FULL of features that give the 14MZ a run for the money. All this with an affordable price tag.
And more features for the 8FG are on the way with future updates.

But for "feel" that matters, the sticks on the 8FG feel great.

Can I think of a good reason to have two radios? No, I really can't, since I can say with a straight face that the 8FG is the only radio I will ever need.
But do I miss the Spektrum BNF toys? Yes I do.
Fortunately, I can buy these for as low as $13 on eBay for those Spektrum BNF's

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08-02-2011 04:33 PM  6 years agoPost 7
RCHeliJim

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I went to a Futaba 8FG from my trusty 9303. While I miss a few things about the 9303, the 8FG is the best radio I have owned so far. It is amazing what it can do, how precise it is, etc. For the price, it is hard to beat.

With that said, when the mcpX came out - I knew I had to have one, so I picked up a used DX7 that now lives in a case with the mcpX, and is used for my sim radio as well.

Do I hate having two radios? A little bit, but that mcpx is such a fun little machine that it is well worth it to me.



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08-07-2011 01:54 PM  6 years agoPost 8
inkspot1967

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Also dont forget the 8fg is faster then the 9503 i believe the 8fg is 11ms and 9503 is 22ms

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08-07-2011 05:25 PM  6 years agoPost 9
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Caveats
I just switched back to Futaba after being one of the first in my area to go to 2.4. I have always liked Futaba. With that said I am on a BIG learning curve as I try to switch and get ready for IRCHA. Most is straight forward but the governor stuff seems tricky and of course, to the usual standard, the Futaba manual is so helpful!?!?!?! Now there are LOTS of reasons for it to be difficult or not but it will take time which at the moment is in short supply. So bottom line is the JR is easier to program and it seems that items, that are not brand specific, are much easier to set up on JR. IF I went 100% Futaba with flybarless and governors life would be real easy on the Futaba. Not going that way is proving to be challenging. Everything has been geared to Spectrum/JR for quite awhile now so as Futaba comes back into play there is some market change that will need to take place.

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08-07-2011 05:29 PM  6 years agoPost 10
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i just ordered a dx8 going from a 9303, but i still want a 8fg super so i can try the futaba 750 fbl unit.

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