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07-30-2012 01:03 AM  8 years ago
BladeStrikes

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I had the older DX7 and really liked it but never had a brand new radio so bought one..Ended up getting the newer DX7S which is the exact same case as the DX8..The only thing I liked about it was the alarm/vibe ..Other than that,it didn't feel right and was way too big..Ended up selling it and bought a Futaba T8J,LOVE it ..
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07-30-2012 02:10 AM  8 years ago
aerocal

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I still have my original DX7.It was a good radio but it did have its limitations.I got a new DX and it was kind of strange feeling at first but in a good way for me.I got used to it and now when I pick up the original DX7 it feels like a toy.
The Futabas do feel a bit different again from my DXs.I guess I would be comfortable with them also.Good radios but I like mine.
Its a great time to be in the hobby.All the equipment is soooo much better than what we had a few years ago.

Oh and for the OT.I like my DX8.No problems.One of my gimbals got a bit twitchy after a year of use so I sent it in and they changed them out.
Not a big deal to me.We used to have to take them apart every year and clean the pots and lube the switches to keep it reliable.It wasnt a bad idea to have the RF section checked every year as well.

Now we want it cheap and we want it to last forever.
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07-31-2012 02:50 AM  8 years ago
mbarhsi

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If there is any "debacle", it is using DSM2 indoors....
What's wrong with DSM2 indoors? I fly plenty of micros on an old DX7 indoors with no problems.
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08-14-2012 10:35 PM  8 years ago
mbarhsi

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Heads up. Software update 2.05 was released yesterday. Tread cautiously...there's some serious problems with it changing model settings.
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08-14-2012 10:45 PM  8 years ago
pgoelz

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What's wrong with DSM2 indoors? I fly plenty of micros on an old DX7 indoors with no problems.
I certainly would not call it a "debacle". But after quite a few years of trouble free indoor flying on DSM2, I had some serious issues this past indoor season. One is potentially explainable by a tail belt static discharge, but the others were pure and simple holds in a foamie airplane that took WAY too long to recover from (like 5-8 seconds) and were NOT accompanied by a flashing LED, at between 30 and 50 feet from the transmitter. Granted, the receivers were AR6100s with non-current firmware, but.... they had been fine until this year. All issues vanished completely when I switched to DSMx.

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08-14-2012 10:50 PM  8 years ago
mbarhsi

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I noticed my 130 X (DSMX) responds a lot better after upgrading from my DX7. I had link/initialization issues that required the heli battery to be reconnected sometimes 5, 6+ times. It never ever linked up the first time. Now, it links up first time, every time with my DX8.
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08-15-2012 05:16 AM  8 years ago
jschenck

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I had a real, reproducible issue running DSM2 inside buildings with my DX8. At least 3 other local DX8 owners had same problems. All problems disappeared by switching to DSMX RX's indoors, once the DSMX software was released for our DX8's

documented here:

https://rc.runryder.com/t622811p1/
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12-03-2012 10:53 PM  8 years ago
mbarhsi

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We used to have to take them apart every year and clean the pots and lube the switches to keep it reliable.It wasnt a bad idea to have the RF section checked every year as well.
We did? I guess I never got the memo because I flew Futaba throughout the '80s, '90s and early 2000's and never once and to lube the pots or switches and have the RF deck/module checked to ensure reliable operation.

Been flying Spektrum for several years now since the 2.4Ghz craze hit and never had to do any of that, either.
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12-03-2012 11:29 PM  8 years ago
meowguy

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Well I was expecting to get a lot more response from DX8 owners, whether you love the radio or not.
Ok. I bought a DX8 a year ago and love it. Then I bought a second one. If you want weight in your hands, go on eBay and buy yourself a used PCM-10. If you want a good performing radio stay with the DX8. In my opinion you cannot do any better in terms of reliability and programming ease. It is the absolutely the best as far as I am concerned.
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12-03-2012 11:32 PM  8 years ago
mbarhsi

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If you want weight in your hands, go on eBay and buy yourself a used PCM-10.
Or a Futaba 9ZHP. God, what a brick...

I bought my DX8 in August. Absolutely zero problems over hundreds of flights with aircraft, both planks and helis, both large and small, other than a dead SD card which was replaced for $4 via Amazon. Great radio and I'm pretty picky about my stuff.
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12-04-2012 01:04 AM  8 years ago
Zaneman007

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Why does "everyone love" the DX7 but not the DX8?
The DX7 is a JR radio with JR programing(software).

The DX8 is a spectrum Radio with Spectrum programing(software).

Go figure
Old Guys Rule!
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12-04-2012 01:15 AM  8 years ago
mbarhsi

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And, unless one is found used, the DX7 is no longer an issue. It's been discontinued for a long, long time now.
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01-24-2013 02:07 AM  8 years ago
mbarhsi

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I bought the DX8 when it first came out because it had the features that I wanted so I moved up from my DX7. It did feel light and kind of cheap but I figured I'd get used to that. A few months later, about in the middle of flying season, they recall the thing. So for three weeks I'm without a radio. Standing on the sidelines at the field.
Should have kept that reliable DX7 as a backup/sim radio. That's what I did. Since everything is already programmed in it, flying one of my models with it is only a re-bind away.
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01-24-2013 07:57 PM  8 years ago
windshear

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Well I guess I maybe different from the norm. I have several Futaba's, Aurora 9, and a DX8. Got tired of changing modules hence the DX8.

The DX8 doesn't feel cheap to me. I like how easy it is to program and the telemetry. I don't like the high priced receivers. The switches are solid and the gimbals are fine. Over all I like it.

The Aurora 9 feels cheap to me. The switches are horrible. Otherwise it is a great radio.

It seems sometimes the Futaba is complicated just for the sake of being complicated. It has everything though except back light and telemetry hence the other radios. 14ch total.

All have worked flawlessly. Not even a single hit or hold.
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