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03-05-2016 10:08 AM  33 months agoPost 1
Noobyflyer

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What transmitter felt the best in your hands?

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03-05-2016 11:47 AM  33 months agoPost 2
Ronald Thomas

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For me it is VControl as it has weight, balances perfectly, and has the rubber grips on the side that make it anti-slip.

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03-05-2016 01:45 PM  33 months agoPost 3
Four Stroker

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This is entirely personal and depends on your hands, how you hold the transmitter, and your state of mind. Feel all of the transmitters you can before you buy. In my old age I like the XG14E EU tray radio. How you fly will evolve with age and experience.

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03-05-2016 03:35 PM  33 months agoPost 4
HeliDinoRC

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+1 Four Stroker!

I have smaller hands and my radios of choice are the VControl and Futaba T18SZ. Both fit my hands and I can easily move the sticks to their ends as well as reach all the switches without removing my hand from the sticks, which is important to me.

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03-05-2016 05:28 PM  33 months agoPost 5
Noobyflyer

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The Vcontrol is pretty nice although the radio looks like it's giving me the finger when viewed head on. Does it have Spektrum guts? Kind of pricey, but I guess you get what you pay for.?

Hard to compare radios as everything is on online and the LFS's generally don't carry much these days. I'll have to take your word for it.

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03-05-2016 05:52 PM  33 months agoPost 6
HeliDinoRC

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Nothing Spektrum about the VControl. The VControl is completely Mikado engineered with Mikado guts. It is an awesome radio if you fly VBar or NEO. I can stand on the flight line and make adjustments without having to have my phone or tablet connected through bluetooth or computer close by at the field. Just me and my radio all day long.

Setup is a breeze with this radio. Again, all setup and flight tuning is done with the radio. If you are seriously considering a high end radio and you fly VBAR or NEO then I would highly recommend the VControl. I was lucky enough to have the chance to hold one in my hands as a guy has one at my field. I did my research and after putting it in my hands I was sold.

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03-05-2016 06:24 PM  33 months agoPost 7
Steff Giguere

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Agreeing with VBar Control.

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03-05-2016 06:47 PM  33 months agoPost 8
RAK402

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JR 28X, followed by XG14.

The feel of the 28X is incredible (very solid), with the best sticks/gimbals I have ever felt.

The XG14 sticks are second only to those on the 28X.

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03-05-2016 06:50 PM  33 months agoPost 9
ICUR1-2

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Don't care what brand it is as long as the glove fits

gotta love those cheerleader type responses though

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03-05-2016 07:17 PM  33 months agoPost 10
Four Stroker

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Stick comments are accurate BUT not relevant to feel of holding the box.

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03-05-2016 08:25 PM  33 months agoPost 11
Eury

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All things considered, I liked the feel of the 8FG the best. Fairly small, very light, switches were all easy to reach and it was nice and light weight. The Jetis are also excellent in regards to feel and switch placement, although the weight knocks it down. Vcontrol was good, but nothing special in the feel department, although functionality is awesome.

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03-05-2016 09:04 PM  33 months agoPost 12
Noobyflyer

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Thanks for all of the responses. I appreciate it. I passed on the 8FG craze, but now am circling the wagons looking at the Futaba 14SG. Seems to look the part with more features. I'm a basic guy, not in to telemetry and I don't use Vbar....not that I won't, just comfortable with some of the other units.

Most important thing for me is reliability, how it feels, and a receiver that handles high voltage. Futaba FASST has NEVER let me down, but I always wondered why it took Futaba sooo long to allow for more than 6 Volts to be run through their rx's. I will not compromise price and jump to FHSS. I want the most out of my servos so I'm kinda forced to trade up. Tired of the plastic brick box feel...and had some bad experiences with Spektrum. Spektrum does have a great feel though. Guess I consider myself a Futaba guy. Latency doesn't really matter all that much as I see a lot of people will proclaim how fast their radio is.....then turn the expo up

Is the JR XG14 Spektrum stuff? It looks like a nice piece and priced right....

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03-05-2016 09:12 PM  33 months agoPost 13
Eury

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14SG feels great too. I few one for a few months when it first came out. Very similar to the 8FG, but a bit larger.

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03-05-2016 09:17 PM  33 months agoPost 14
Noobyflyer

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Ohhh! It's bigger than the 8FG? Didn't realize. I thought it had similar dimensions. I'd like smaller. Actually, the right size and ergonomics and I can ditch the neck strap. Maybe I'll just go ahead with an 8FG Super throw back. It will feel new to me I guess and will be all the radio I ever need.

The Futaba 18 MHZ and JR 28X are gorgeous, but if I bought either they'd have to keep me warm on the couch for a year cause she'd lose her sh@*.

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03-06-2016 03:05 AM  33 months agoPost 15
RAK402

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"Is the JR XG14 Spektrum stuff? It looks like a nice piece and priced right..."

No, it is JR's proprietary 2.4 modulation.

Very solid, quick, and ACCURATE!

Been flying i\DMSS for quite a while now-solid as a rock.

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03-06-2016 03:18 AM  33 months agoPost 16
LaDon

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14sg is a nice feeling radio no problems there. I am like RAK tho the 28x is by far the best for me. I myself prefer a heavier radio in my hands. I hate a light radio as then it feels cheap to me. Also Fourstroker the feel of the gimbals and where switches and the gimbals are placed and how they work has a lot to do with how a radio feels in the hands. If you have to hold it in a way that is awkward to reach anything then it alters the feel of the radio. Just my opinion but I think it has a lot to do with feel. Which that is all this is would be ppls opinion which is different from one to the other.

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03-06-2016 12:04 PM  33 months agoPost 17
Four Stroker

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Yes of course the sticks and switch quality are very important. But where they are in relation to each other is also very important. I loved my very heavy Futaba 9VHP. But in old age the weight hanging on my neck strap hurts. So I switched from a 12Z to the XG14E with a Jeti shoulder harness - the best by far. An EU tray radio was on my list anyway. Three old guys fly tray style with the Jeti harness at my field.

JR could have easily put screw holes in the sides of the 28X for the hand rests ! And holes in the back for the hangers. But they didn't damn do it.

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03-06-2016 01:43 PM  33 months agoPost 18
Noobyflyer

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^that's a shame, considering the cost of the 28X. To lose a potential customer because of the inability to mount it in a common way.....wow!

The XG14 does look great. How is the programming? Difficult to learn? Is it susceptible to brown outs due to static with a belted tail? I never trusted a Spektrum in these circumstances and it has never been a problem with FASST, grounded or not.

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03-06-2016 01:55 PM  33 months agoPost 19
LaDon

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But now you are getting off subject. He asked about how it felt in his hands. Not how it felt hanging from the neck or how it felt on a tray. That is a whole nother subject. Let's try and stay on the subject that he wanted to know. If we want to start complaining because radios don't have tray capabilities that should be another thread.

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03-06-2016 02:31 PM  33 months agoPost 20
Ace Dude

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What transmitter felt the best in your hands?
I really like my Futaba 18mz. On the 18mz they increased the spacing between the top two switches so you can fit your finger between them when holding the radio. This is the way I learned to hold the TX and feel most comfortable holding the radio.

I also learned to fly using a tray. I tried just the neck strap after using the tray for years and was never happy with it so I went back to using a tray. The Seacraft tray fits this radio perfectly and the over the shoulder harness works well.

  

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