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10-31-2017 09:11 PM  12 months agoPost 1
taterm6

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I've been out of flying for several years. When I left I was using a dx7 for my parkflyers and trex 450. I just like to fly. I dont do 3d etc.

Im in the market for a new radio. I did a search for DX6 vs DX8 online and search results all seem old 2014-2016. Is Spektrum old news? is there something im missing? I flew alot of eflite models and like the ease of bnf on some models.

I will be back flying planes, a heli and quads.

I just want to make sure im making the right choice and there isn't something new to the market that im not aware of.

Thanks.

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10-31-2017 09:29 PM  12 months agoPost 2
venture_flyer

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Fredericksburg VA

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Radios
I am getting back into the hobby as well. When I got out years ago I was die hard JR and I was shocked to come back in and see JR almost completely gone. Spektrum is still pretty huge in the industry with the DX8, DX9, and DX18 radios. I have since decided to move into Futaba for my next adventure. Happy flying!

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10-31-2017 09:31 PM  12 months agoPost 3
taterm6

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Fayetteville, GA

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Yes, I was in shock a little while ago when I saw most of the models ive used in the past are all discontinued. I have owned futaba in the past and have flown some bigger planes and a raptor 30 with.

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10-31-2017 10:16 PM  12 months agoPost 4
chopper37

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I’ve been using a dx9 past 3 yrs no issues

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11-01-2017 12:53 AM  12 months agoPost 5
EEngineer

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TX

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If you want the most advanced radio technology....

Futaba's FASST, JR's DMSS, or even VStabi's V Control....

Logo 600SXs, 800XX, TDR IIs

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11-01-2017 01:09 AM  12 months agoPost 6
KJH

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Interlochen, MI

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FrSky's Taranis or Horus will do you well for helis, planes and quads. I'm liking my Taranis X9D and I fly all of the above with it.

-Kevin

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11-01-2017 06:52 PM  12 months agoPost 7
taterm6

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Sent PM KJH... I was just looking at that one.

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11-01-2017 09:53 PM  12 months agoPost 8
Richardmid1

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Where's your old DX7? Nothing wrong with them, I still use one! They are a JR radio underneath.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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11-01-2017 10:53 PM  12 months agoPost 9
870heli

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Monson Ma. USA

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Absolutely the old DX-7s are still good radios. I had them and all the JR's before them. I now use DX-8's gen. one and gen. two.
Can't go wrong. Good luck.

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11-01-2017 11:10 PM  12 months agoPost 10
taterm6

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Fayetteville, GA

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Got rid of the old dx7 a few years ago. After much research and some debate I’ve decided (and ordered a DX9) I couldn’t pass up the deal I got on a new one ($350) it is the latest SPMR9910. I almost bought the Taranis before finding the deal on DX9. It should fit my needs well and the extra channels should come in handy with FPV as I ease into that.

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11-07-2017 03:20 PM  12 months agoPost 11
joeskeeter

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South Georgia

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I'm sort of getting back to helis. Just ordered the spindle for the Axe cp that my friend gave me, and now thinking about a radio for the sailplane I found in a dumpster. It has an AR600 DSMX 6 channel receiver. It's been awhile , and I don't have much to spend on a radio.
I did read up on some of the new stuff.
The Taranis looks awfully compelling.
Did have a Spektrum that I sold, I think it was a dx6, but not sure. I don't know which radio to get to run the DSMX.
There's a dx6i and dx6e, as far as Spektrum goes, and I think only the e will work with the ar600 dsmx. I'll be following this thread, looking forward to more info.

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11-07-2017 06:49 PM  12 months agoPost 12
ticedoff8

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Morgan Hill, CA. USA

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Receivers are cheap
For Spektrum, DSMX is newer than the old DSM2
Most of the older transmitters (Spektrum and JR) can be updated to use either DSM2 or DSMX

But, JR dropped DSM2 / DSMX protocols from their newer transmitters, so keep that in mind.

All the newer Spektrum transmitters will support both DSM2 & DSMX and the new DX7 (Gen2) and above will support bi-directional telemetry.
The telemetry is an unappreciated feature, but all my helis have it.

I think Spektrum is a best entry / reentry radio system there is for costs, feature and support.
But, none of them are inexpensive.

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11-08-2017 04:09 PM  12 months agoPost 13
joeskeeter

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South Georgia

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"But, none of them are inexpensive".

22k for this one ):

https://www.ebay.com/itm/FrSky-Tara...yQAAOSwtGlZMjkB

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face - Mike Tyson

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11-08-2017 04:19 PM  12 months agoPost 14
EEngineer

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TX

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Must be a typo....LMAO

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11-08-2017 04:22 PM  12 months agoPost 15
CostaRicaHeli

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Costa Rica, Central America

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Look into Jeti
If you're starting from scratch, take a look at Jeti. I changed from Futaba to Spektrum 2.5 years ago to the DX18G2. I had never heard of Jeti. I have been researching them lately, and if I knew then what I know now, I would have gone Jeti 100%. Now my cost is too big to switch again, so I haven't done it. Maybe in a couple of years. Look into it.

Franz

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11-09-2017 12:32 PM  12 months agoPost 16
joeskeeter

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South Georgia

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I've been reading up on the Taranis's. I don't have much programming skill, though. A bit more challenging to configure. The QX7 isn't priced bad and looks to have more channel capability than will ever be needed.

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face - Mike Tyson

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11-09-2017 01:02 PM  12 months agoPost 17
jester4

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Brampton, Ontario

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I just went through this. Haven't flown in 5 years and just got back into it. I have an original DX7.

I looked at upgrading the radio although it still works perfectly fine so I looked at DX8, DX9, DX18 which I am familiar with spectrum.

In the end I bought the new Horus X10. I'm glad I did. The X10 comes with FRos user interface, so it's very user friendly unlike the OPENTX which would be a challenge for the Taranis and QX7.

I like the receiver options with FRSKY and the telemetry is built into almost all their receivers.

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11-09-2017 01:23 PM  12 months agoPost 18
joeskeeter

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South Georgia

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The Horus does look nice. Not in my budget. I'm reading up on the opentx programming and some of the terminology is taking me some time to absorb. After all, if most of us didn't want the challenge of rc heli, we'd be flying drones.

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face - Mike Tyson

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11-09-2017 01:27 PM  12 months agoPost 19
KJH

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Interlochen, MI

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jester4,

Please keep us updated on your new Horus X10 using Frsky's OS. I've been looking at this one to possibly replace my Taranis X9D+. I'm using OpenTX with great success on FB and FBL models, as well as Spektrum BNF micros.

-Kevin

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11-09-2017 02:22 PM  12 months agoPost 20
joeskeeter

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South Georgia

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Isn't it your option to reload the software to OpenTX ,once your ready to start experimenting with it?

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face - Mike Tyson

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