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01-23-2012 02:51 PM  6 years agoPost 1
John Davis

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Help & advice. Have not flown RC helicopters for the past 6 or 8 years maybe longer. The old Futaba radio I have is a 9 CHP, 8 channel 72.Mhz system. Found out that I can upgrade to a new 2.4 Ghz plug in module and new R6008HS receiver for around $230. The big question, should I upgrade with the module & receiver or buy a new radio system? Keep in mind I do not plan on trying to win the world championship but I do want a fairly decent system. Also looking at purchasing a new gyro. maybe GY520 & BLS251. Any advice and help would be appreciated.

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01-23-2012 02:55 PM  6 years agoPost 2
wrongler

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I had a Futaba 9chp, Upgraded it to 2.4 MHZ for about $120 and it workded perfect, no problems at all, So its up to you which way you want to go. If you like the TX you have, use it!

Bill Whittaker

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01-23-2012 03:16 PM  6 years agoPost 3
John Davis

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I have never flown this particular radio & helicopter. It is all brand new equipment that has been setting. I got it from a guy that never finished putting it together. I have very little time or money into it. I also will have to purchase all new batteries. May have to replace servos also. Servos are the old Futaba S3001.

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01-23-2012 05:09 PM  6 years agoPost 4
Skaluf

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The 9C is an awesome system and will provide you with many years of trouble-free service with the FASST module installed in it.

The only downside to the 9C is that it is a fairly slow system in terms of latency. Latency is the amount of time from when you move the stick to when the servo starts actually moving. The 9C takes an average of about 80 milliseconds to do this.

If you've only flown the 9C you'll not notice anything. However the new systems like the 8FGS and the 10C (which programs just like your 9C). are MUCH faster (both under 20 milliseconds average). As a result you will feel more connected to the helicopter. I was actually shocked at the difference when I moved from my 9C to a 12FG (now a 14MZ). I was instantly more comfortable with the machine. Couple low latency with high speed servos and you'll be amazed at how your helicopter feels to you.

But, like I said, there is nothing wrong with your 9C either. It was/is simply an awesome radio.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. I'll do my best to answer them.

Steve

Steve Kaluf
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01-23-2012 06:02 PM  6 years agoPost 5
pphil611

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Keep the 9C and unless you want to put out some $$$ don't go to the 2.4 system untill you get flying good. I have two 9C's and one 8FG 2.4. The 9C is a very good radio and for only flying several planes and helis, is about as good as anything. You need to up-grade your servos though. Faster and stronger, either digital or good duel bearing analog is fine. The tail servo should be a fast one though. I wouldn't spend alot on a gyro either, if you can get an Inertia 860 for around $125 they work good and easy to set up. Flying helis is a deep pocket hobby especially if you go with the latest and greatest.

Spectra-G, MAH, CSM

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01-24-2012 12:09 PM  6 years agoPost 6
Thomas L Erb

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The 9c is a great radio and will serve you quite well. The main reason to look at the 8 fg for you would be if you are spending 230.00 already its not far from the cost of a full system . The programming in the 8 does far exceed the 9c as far as Ccpm mixing goes and in other area as well. It really depends on your real needs and your budget.either way you go you can't lose

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01-25-2012 10:18 PM  6 years agoPost 7
Wyorcflyer

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with 72mhz except convenience. If you are not flying with a bunch of other folks where frequency control is an issue / PITA then I would fly what you have the way it is. I don't believe the 9C will hold you back.

I would not upgrade the 9C to 2.4. If you decide you want to go to 2.4 I would get the 8fg. Just too many advantages to spend any significant dollars on salvaging the 9C.

Just my 2cents.

Jack

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01-26-2012 12:23 AM  6 years agoPost 8
John Davis

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I guess I failed to say that I did not get a receiver,gyro or rec battery with the helicopter and transmitter. The gentleman that had the heli and radio passed away and I purchased the unit from his wife who did not know what happened to these items. She said the items must have got missed placed or thrown away by accident because everything was there at one time. So I'm figuring around $500 for the module,receiver,gyro with one fast BB digital servo. Another $250 for replacing the four old S3001 servos with faster digital BB servos and a 2200 mah rec battery. $750 total and I'm almost ready to fly with exception of a starter, fuel, glow plugs & plug battery.

If I go the other way & purchase a new 8FGH Super for around $480, Gyro & fast digital BB servo $235, Four digital BB servos $200, Rec battery 2200 Mah $50, Total $965. For about $215 dollars more I can have the newer system. Just got to figure out what I want to do.

How does the newer 10CHG compare to the 8FGH Super?

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01-26-2012 12:29 AM  6 years agoPost 9
Dr.Ben

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Get the 8FG. It's really a 14 channel radio with updatable firmware, BB supported sticks, and more versatile software.

Ben Minor

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01-26-2012 12:59 AM  6 years agoPost 10
pphil611

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True an 8FG is nice, but the 9C is also nice. I can't imagine any use for 14 channels for a relatively old heli, or even a new one. The 8FG also has memory for I belive 20 models, the 9C only 8, but then again, if you only have several helis or planes it's a not an issue. Like I said earlier (latest and greatest). Im sure you will enjoy the heli though with either radio.

Spectra-G, MAH, CSM

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01-26-2012 01:02 AM  6 years agoPost 11
Wyorcflyer

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Plus with the 8fg you can save your model setting to the SD card and then to your computer for safekeeping.

Jack

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01-26-2012 01:23 AM  6 years agoPost 12
John Davis

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Skaluf,

The latency speed you talk about is important to me. I would think the latency time would be faster If I upgraded the 9CHP to the new tm8 module and the R6008HS fast receiver? True or not? I do not know much about electronics just a guess.

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01-26-2012 02:17 AM  6 years agoPost 13
helibrat

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+1
Plus with the 8fg you can save your model setting to the SD card and then to your computer for safekeeping.

Gerry

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