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10-13-2012 08:35 PM  5 years agoPost 1
Ryeguy

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I plan on buying one or the other!
Any suggestions/pointers would be helpful!

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10-13-2012 08:38 PM  5 years agoPost 2
Dood

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The DX6 is a toy. Buy a real radio.

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10-13-2012 09:00 PM  5 years agoPost 3
doorman

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^^ What He Said^^^
Dood is right... the 6 works ok but you will outgrow it very quickly, and since it doesn't have all the features that you could really use for heli flying I would suggest the DX7s or the DX8...the general rule has always been try to get the best radio you can... there are so many units at or around the $300.00 range and they are well worth the pricing...
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10-13-2012 09:32 PM  5 years agoPost 4
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How about Futaba,what would you suggest there?

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10-13-2012 10:05 PM  5 years agoPost 5
Dood

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For Futaba?
The Futaba 8FG (what I use) is arguably the best selling radio on the market, and for good reason. Futaba radios are a little trickier to learn how to program for a beginner, but once past that, Futaba radios are capable of so much more, and offer a lot more flexibility for the user. (S.Bus is the bee's knees!)
The 8FG will cost you about $480 with 2 receivers.

The new Futaba 8J has many similar features as the 8FG, but costs much less and has the benefit of using inexpensive FHSS receivers which will save a fortune in the long run. It also supports S.Bus technology. (did I mention S.Bus is the bee's knees?)
The 8J will cost about $280 with one receiver.

The reason I fly Futaba is because I lost confidence in Spektrum's RF link. There have been far too many reports of crashed helicopters that can be blamed on Spektrum receivers. When I'm flying models that cost $2000 -$3000, I feel a lot more comfortable when I have Futaba equipment on board.

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10-13-2012 10:31 PM  5 years agoPost 6
Ryeguy

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Right on Dood...thats good info...thanks

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10-13-2012 10:44 PM  5 years agoPost 7
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+1 on the 8FG. awsome radio. i own one

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10-13-2012 11:24 PM  5 years agoPost 8
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I have a CopterX radio..clone of a DX6 which worked ok with my CopterX heli...clone of a TRex I have but not with the Phoenix sim I have...so think I am leaning towards the Futaba 8J

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10-14-2012 12:27 AM  5 years agoPost 9
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I gave my DX6 to my son-in-law, and even he doesn't fly it.

Gerry Cullan,
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10-14-2012 12:46 AM  5 years agoPost 10
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Not To Start a Ford Chevy...
This time I have to disagee with "Dood"...and we are allowed to do that... I also fly JR/Spectrum and if you look in my gallery you will get an idea of what I fly...some of those machines are valued at 5K and up from there...
I have used JR since I started in helis in 1990 because they were so much easier to program..
I switched from 72mhz as soon as Spectrum came out.. and the ONLY problem that I ever had with them was when I was first learning to use them and did not realize that a 4.8volt rx battery (the OLD Standard)cause"brown outs"... and I would be willing to bet that a LOT ofthose reported problems with Spectrum were caused the same way..
I can truthfully tell you that I have NOT has any failures after the one that I had that I caused...
Again I am not trying argue here... and the new 8FG is a very nice radio, but the only thing that I might like about it over the JR's would be the Sbuss.... But I also like the idea of JR/Spectrums model match.. I have seen too many guys not be on the proper model and the only found out after they smacked their heli!!! It will not happen with model match... also I like the idea of having so many rx's to choose from... from some of the smallest indoor and even full range...and then on the Spectrums you have telemetry available on the newer units...
I am not planning to switch anytime soon... but you should hear both sides of the info!!!
The radios today are simply amazing, and you really would not go wrong with either as a choice... I think that I would find out what the local club flies most of and then go with that so that it will be easier for you to get help with your set ups...
Good Luck and welcome to the addicton!!! Stan

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10-14-2012 11:01 PM  5 years agoPost 11
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Cough Cough I love my Hitec Aurora 9

Mabey one day i will actually land one of these things !!

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10-15-2012 01:21 AM  5 years agoPost 12
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DX8s should be less now that the DX16 is out...

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10-15-2012 02:22 AM  5 years agoPost 13
Gamb

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Don't get a DX6, unless you don't plan on moving up later. On the other hand, while it may be "toy like", it does do the job. I have one that came with my Blade 400, and it fits in the box, so I still use it for the Blade 400, and ONLY for that heli. It work okay, and that's about it.

I have an older Futaba 9C, which I have converted to Spectrum with their module http://www.spektrumrc.com/Products/...rodID=SPMMSFUT9
I needed a radio to be able to fly all the ParkZone, etc. type models which have an "all-in-one" unit, which is Spektrum. I use my Futaba 9C/Spektrum to fly my J3 Micro Cub, EFlite mcPx, and before that, used it for my Blade MSR, etc. The only reason I don't use it for my Blade 400 is it is a pain to set it up, and as I said, the DX6 works, and I don't want to spend the time.

I have a Futaba 8FG for my other heli's. Great radio, no question. As Dood said, it is harder to set up a Futaba, but I think the higher end radios of any brand are all comparable in regard to features, reliability, etc. JR / Spectrum are a bit easier to program. (I am firmly in the Futaba camp - for no other reason than it was the first radio brand I got!).

Get the best heli radio you can buy, so that it will grow with your interest. If you don't enjoy the hobby, you would get a better price when you sell a "good" radio, rather than a DX6.

PS: Anyone want to get into a "discussion" on Nikon vs. Canon??!

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10-15-2012 03:01 AM  5 years agoPost 14
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Nikon and Canon? That's my daughter and I. I like Canon and won't bend, she likes Nikon. She shoots portraits, I shoot landscapes.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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10-15-2012 10:46 AM  5 years agoPost 15
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Nikon vs. Canon? ... Lets not go there in this forum ...!

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10-15-2012 02:34 PM  5 years agoPost 16
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Thankyou all for your input! Again I am leaning towards the Spectrum DX7s,DX8 or Futaba 8J....trying to only spend in the $250 to $300 range!

Ryeguy

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10-15-2012 04:31 PM  5 years agoPost 17
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If you can slightly go over budget this might be more worth your while

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brand-New-F...=item416c88bcb6

8fg for $315 plus shipping

Mabey one day i will actually land one of these things !!

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10-16-2012 12:58 AM  5 years agoPost 18
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Ryan, you chose well. I look forward to helping to get you into the air, as well as get your sim working the way it should.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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10-16-2012 10:51 AM  5 years agoPost 19
Gamb

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I would also agree about trying to stretch your budget and try and get a better radio. The E-bay price for the Futaba radio looks very good (a little too good!) so make sure it is legitimate and is MODE 2, which is what we use here in the US.

The Futaba 8FG usually runs about $479.99 at most reputable dealers, such as Tower Hobbies, AMainHobbies, etc.

You may want to wait for some Black Friday sales, or wait till you get some "Christmas Present" money and add it all together to get the better radio.

It's getting colder anyway, and you may not do much flying till spring. You may want to wait ....?

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10-16-2012 01:57 PM  5 years agoPost 20
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I have a DX7S and last weekend I purchased the telemetry unit that works with the radio for $45. I love the radio and I can monitor my battery life in flight without having to worry about a timer etc... I probably should have gotten the DX8 but the 7 is more than enough and it feels great in my hands.

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