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03-06-2016 03:18 PM  31 months agoPost 21
jackp332

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I was a Futaba guy until about 4 years ago when I bought my JR 9503 and fell in love with it. It feels great and well balanced, I can reach all the switches instinctively, and the menus are easy to understand.

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03-06-2016 06:16 PM  31 months agoPost 22
Four Stroker

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The title of the thread is "transmitter ergonomics".

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03-06-2016 06:25 PM  31 months agoPost 23
LaDon

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03-06-2016 07:17 PM  31 months agoPost 24
ICUR1-2

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I need a small radio or I'll have to use a tray, Which I am border line with the size of my current TX.

I don't like neck straps, I prefer to hold my TX in my hands. Help

going by size which brand has the smallest size with at least 7 channels ?

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03-06-2016 11:45 PM  31 months agoPost 25
getsuyoubi

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I'm confused. How would you use a tray radio without a neck strap???

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03-07-2016 12:22 AM  31 months agoPost 26
ICUR1-2

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shoulder straps or metal harness

Justin Chee used 1 with metal harness

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03-07-2016 07:33 AM  31 months agoPost 27
Heli_Splatter

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Funny how everyone is mentioning the high end models..

For the person new to the hobby, you need something inexpensive until you know what you want. How do you fly.. thumbs only or thumbs and index fingers. Can you reach the switches? How heavy is the transmitter. Are you going to use a neck strap or a tray?

You need to ask other RC fliers to hold their transmitter and feel the differences. You also need to know you are buying into a system that is expensive to change to another brand later. You will have many receivers to replace in addition to the transmitter.

I really think that if you are going to fly electric, you should be able to monitor battery voltage/ahrs used while flying. That means telemetry should exist for your system.

Don't poopoo the cheap Chinese choices...they have come a long way and give a lot of bang for your buck. Don't focus on the people promoting their choice as the only one.

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03-07-2016 11:29 AM  31 months agoPost 28
Ronald Thomas

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In my opinion stay away from a cheap radio. You don't have to buy a super high end one but a cheap radio, the most important part of your setup is the radio, will lead to more problems than not. There is a reason they are cheap, you get nothing for free.

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03-07-2016 12:24 PM  31 months agoPost 29
Eury

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For the most part I agree, however the Taranis has rewritten that argument. It has more capability than any other radio on the market (including the ones that cost thousands), and in terms of ergonomics is one of the best out there.

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03-07-2016 01:12 PM  31 months agoPost 30
LaDon

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I agree with Ron on this one. There are a lot of choices out there without going to the cheap complete Chinese system. Couple of reasons. If you watch the cheap non brand systems most. Not all but most have little to no support. You are on your own. Some not all have poor warrenty even tho yeah they are cheap and you can just go buy another and also generally no upgrades to improve the radio.

Two one day when they figure out there is more money in flashlights or something else poof they are gone. That's not for me

Eury is right tho the taranis does have a lot of bang for the buck and may be the one exception to the rule tho. Ergonomically wise tho that is subjective. I have held one and it is really no different there I didn't think or have anything special.

What cracks me up about all this is the guys out there that are like say me and my kid. We have 5 700 size helis. 1 880 size Heli. 1 500 and a couple 450s. Along with 2 35% planes and a few Byron planes. I have seen guys have that same type and amount of stuff and then go out with one of the cheapest radios you can get like the orange spektrum or some $60 turnigy radio and fly their $4000 plane and say I will never spend over $250 for a radio and then his plane pillows in and he can't figure out what happened. Those make me laugh. Just seen that happen last summer

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03-07-2016 01:31 PM  31 months agoPost 31
jackp332

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+1 on trying out or holding all you can before you buy if ergonomics is the top priority. Fwiw, I have medium- large size hands, use a TX strap, and the JR case just felt great in my hands when I borrowed a friends. Also, stick length and tension makes a drastic difference to the feel of any TX. Don't be afraid to adjust those to your liking to exactly 'fit' your radio to you.

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03-07-2016 03:06 PM  31 months agoPost 32
Heli_Splatter

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Ron,

A couple of months ago, I would have agreed with you... then I tried one of the "cheap" radios. I was rather impressed. I am not trying to promote it(it was mentioned), but cost is not always an indication of value.

If it works, and works well, then why shell out the huge money?

I use the name brand, I fly larger models and loosing a large model to a $50 radio is unthinkable... but maybe I have to adjust my thinking for small foamy planes.

I think that the ergonomics of the inexpensive radio was impressive. Again... it is all about personal feel and what you get used to. As you get further into the hobby, you can pretty much jump from one radio to the next without major problems.

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03-07-2016 06:18 PM  31 months agoPost 33
Ronald Thomas

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If you won't trust a cheap radio to the expensive stuff, then you should not trust it at all IMO. Besides, your more expensive radio will do all the functions needed for every model so why even have two transmitters? Two different switch assignments, two different menus to deal with, two different switch placements...etc.

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03-07-2016 06:59 PM  31 months agoPost 34
Eury

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Because when I go out and climb a sand dune on the beach to throw a glider, I'm not bringing an $800 radio to fly a $70 glider to possibly get dropped in the sand. Has nothing to do with reliability or functionality, and everything to do with replacement costs.

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03-07-2016 08:07 PM  31 months agoPost 35
chicagoslick

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I copied this from a post I made a few years back. It will for the most part still apply. Since posting this message a few years back I have owned an 8FG 2-Spektrum radios (DX6, DX6i), a Tactic radio and now own a Futaba 14SG (which will be for sale soon) and an 18SG... Best of luck...

"FYI...I went and put my hands on a few radios the other day and found some huge differences in feel and look.
The JR radios (?9303, 9505?)are heavy and are not balanced (bottom side heavy). Build and finish are excellent. The flap sliders are nicely positioned and work well. Gimbals feel good, but I would not consider great. I'm sure those can be adjusted, though. The 11X is huge. This radio feels like a heavy, oversized toy. While I am sure this is a great radio, I would not buy it. The ergonomics are terrible, too far to reach for switches and heavy, heavy, heavy.
The Hitec radios look to have a cheap build. The gimbals are terrible they probably can be adjusted, but bad right out of the box. The programming screen (Aurora 9) is huge and the weight and balance not good. They are similar in weight and balance to JR. Ergonomics are excellent. The radio had a great feel, very reminiscent of older Futaba.
The Futaba 8FG looks out of place next to all the other radios. It looks very simple and uncluttered. The feel and balance are excellent. Radio is very light and feels much smaller than it looks. The gimbals are excellent and set great right of the box. The flap sliders are nicely positioned, but are not as nice as the JR type.
I focused my efforts above on feel and look. I grabbed the Futaba radio first and did not spend much time with it originally, because I did not like the look of it. It is not flashy. I grabbed the JR radios next and spent alot of time playing, because these radios look flashy. The same can be said about the Hitec radios as they too look flashy. After spending time playing with those radios I grabbed the Futaba again and it was then that this radio shined. You notice immediately how light and balanced this radio is. It is obvious that ergonomics was a priority for Futaba. You also notice how nicely the switches are placed and there feel. The gimbals feel superior to those from JR and Hitec. This radio feels far superior to the JR and Hitec offerings.
The next step will be for me to see what features each radio has to offer. Unless I'm blown away by what JR and Hitec has to offer, I will be buying Futaba. Ergonomics and feel is number one for me when it comes to a radio."

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03-07-2016 08:22 PM  31 months agoPost 36
cudaboy_71

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I skimmed over the posts. So, pardon if I am repeating. But, I don't see hand size mentioned anywhere.

But, in my experience (Myself, people I've flown with, and a general observation I've made) People with larger hands prefer JR. People with smaller hands prefer Futaba. It has to do with gimbal spacing and switch distance.

I have larger hands. The JR (and VControl feels a lot like JR to me) has switch spacing that is just perfect for my natural reach. When I try to fly Futaba I feel like I'm holding my fingers unnaturally.

I'd never really made the connection until a few years back and someone said they preferred Futaba because of the way it felt. Then I looked at his hands and they were naturally resting on the gimbals and switches.

if it ain't broke, break it.

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03-07-2016 08:46 PM  31 months agoPost 37
LaDon

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That is exactly why these posts are really of no meaning. Everyone has different hand size, different tastes on weight and switch spacing. What works for one doesn't for the next. Just like Eury said about taking a glider to the beach. Well we all don't have beaches to fly off of. If I went to the lake near me I couldn't throw a glider high enough to fly for 15sec so that is not a priority for me but is for him. If you want answers on capabilities of a radio that is easily done. How they feel is totally preference and nothing else. Take me for instance I like a heavy radio. The guy above prefers a light one like the 8fg. I have my reason for not liking it and he has his for liking it. The next guy will be different from both of us.

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03-07-2016 10:00 PM  31 months agoPost 38
piranhafreak

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small hands here i guess size 9 gloves best radio ever for me was the aurora fits perfect mabey not the perfect radio but it is close but the glove fits perfect

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

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03-07-2016 10:09 PM  31 months agoPost 39
ICUR1-2

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so which one are the biggest and heaviest compared to the smaller and lighter.

I have a DX8 is the 8FG smaller ?

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03-07-2016 10:13 PM  31 months agoPost 40
piranhafreak

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if i remember correctly they are about the same size just shaped differently the 8fg isnt as thick as the dx8

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

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