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12-26-2014 04:41 PM  5 years ago
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adamrs80

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is the Hitec Eclipse 7 Pro a good radio?
My question is should I use this as a heli radio? I bought it because it seemed like a capable radio at a good price.

It's brand new, the airplane version but I have not ever used it. I have a Hirobo Shuttle Plus 2+ that I am going to set up. I could potentially use this Hitec radio on another heli in the future.

Few people seem to use this radio as far as I can tell. I just want to make sure there isn't something inherently wrong with this particular transmitter or the Hitec brand in general for Helis. Seems like everybody uses Futaba or Spektrum.
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12-26-2014 04:53 PM  5 years ago
Andy from Sandy

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As I don't follow the product line I cannot be sure how popular the radio is. If you got a good price on it that could be for a very simple reason that whomever sold has had enough of hanging on to it.

Hitec servos are very good. I have used Hitec receiver a long time ago here when we were only on 35Mhz and never had a problem.

As it is designed for helicopter use then why would you not use it having bought it? It will be reliable if built like their servos.

You will have to fully understand its workings so that if you need help setting up a model you will be able to get to any setting your helper wants.
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12-26-2014 05:03 PM  5 years ago
adamrs80

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I bought it new from Tower Hobbies for the reason that it cost less than the Futaba 7C, had a lot of features and offered telemetry where the Futaba 7C did not.

I saw a thread about people having trouble with the Hitec Aurora 9 and subsequently crashing. (I know, not the same transmitter)

I'm hopeful that I can use a Futaba GY401 and be able to adjust the gyro remotely with the Eclipse 7.
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12-26-2014 07:02 PM  5 years ago
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I'm not too familiar with that particular Hitec radio but I have seen someone flying an older Raptor 30 with a simple Hitec 6ch 72mhz system so I don't think you will have any issues. You might not have all the 'heli specific' knobs or functions there but it should fly your Hirobo just fine. If you got a good deal and are satisfied with your purchase just enjoy it. As for remotely controlling your gy401, you can adjust the gain via ch5 (usually gear) and using the EPA adjustment for that channel. Your main gyro lead will go into channel 6. The 7th channel will only be necessary if using a governor.
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12-26-2014 07:11 PM  5 years ago
jackp332

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I just looked up your Eclipse on Tower and read a little bit about it. It says it has specific programming for fixed wing, sailplane, and helicopter so you should be all set. Just spend some time reading through your owners manual to become familiar with it and get the most out of your new radio system.
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12-26-2014 09:41 PM  5 years ago
Santiago P

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Did you read what I wrote on your OTHER thread?

I setup several older Eclipse 7 (72mhz) for friends who flew helicopters. The basic menu works on any heli we tried.

I recently setup a dozen planks with an Aurora 9 uning the 6ch single boosted antenna RX. Knowing that a heli chassis can block signal to a RX, I said to heed from the single antenna RX and use the duals.
Having said that, we never had a problem with the planks.

So, I have not used a newer Eclipse 7, but have fiddle enough with Hitec gear to trust it more that other multi-satellite rx brands.

The main item for your setup is to ground your tail boom REGARDLESS of the radio you use as the belt may create enough static to make your RX jolt from time to time.

good luck

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12-26-2014 09:57 PM  5 years ago
adamrs80

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Thank you, I had not see your other post. I appreciate the technical advice. I'll definitely be using the radio I have.
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12-26-2014 11:02 PM  5 years ago
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A good radio that is under rated or used by heli pilots, many more airplane pilots use it
Your Hitec will serve you well. I have 2 Eclipse 7's with the 2.4ghz modules. Yours is the newer version. Hitec has always made good quality receivers and servos and the Eclipse is a nice TX.
On two occasions I sent a transmitter to Hitec to check over one of the transmitters and once to fix a switch I broke knocking the tx off my workbench. Hitec never charged me anything on both occasions. It will just be a mater of you learning the menus of the TX. They are very similar to Futaba.
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12-27-2014 05:37 PM  5 years ago
Santiago P

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I apologize for the mistake I posted above, the Shuttle has plastic frames and pulleys, that should isolate any belt static.

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