|08-16-2010, 07:44 AM||#11|
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Re: Futaba 10CHG opinions - any comments
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A friend of mine has an Airtronics SD10 and I have a chance to take a look at it the other day.
The features on the radio is excellent. 3-way switches all the way and programming is endless. It supports almost any wing type configurations. Bet you will never be able to use all the features on this radio.
The only drawbacks I found plus what my friend told me:
1) The screen is way too small. Scrolling through all the features on the tiny little screen is just a bit hard. Looking at the main screen, it already has a lot of information (3 timers and a whole bunch of icons). For a 10-channel radio, I think it deserves a bigger screen.
2) The shape of the radio. It just doesn't have that feel/shape that JR and Futaba give. You have to get your hand on one to feel it. It's just hard to describe.
3) With the 9-channel receiver which runs on FHSS-3, it supports digital servos only.
4) Their receivers and servos are just not very common in Canada. Getting them in the second hand market is almost impossible.
5) My friend said it consumes more battery power than his other radio though it already has a 1500mAh NiMh battery. Not sure how true is that!!
But overall it is a very nice radio with Japanese Sanwa technology. Dollarwise, it has the most features among all other radios. The instruction manual is 200 pages thick. That tells you how much features it has.
|08-16-2010, 11:40 AM||#12|
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Re: Futaba 10CHG opinions - any comments
1)Yes the screen is smaller but we usually only use the screen when programming or to do a monitor check on transmitter battery. Screen character size is just fine ; the larger the screen the more power it draws ( all radios) I don't have any issues with screen size at the moment.
2) Initially I had some thoughs of the radio shape but after using (flying) it ; I like it , no problems there .
3)Tried the FHSS 10 ch receiver ( sorry,not 9 channel as mentioned) with airtronics old standard 102Z servo and seems rock solid and servo responded faster to inputs , it seems . Could be my imagination as I do not have instruments to check for sure ; but no jitter on that analogue one but will try other Airtronics servos when time permits; rock solid. Tried HS-55 hitec and jitter galore . For those wanting to upgrade to this radio and not change current brand of servos; answer is to use their 6/7 or 8 channel FHSS-1 series of receivers and set transmitter to FHSS1 output , then all servo brands work rock solid.
4)Reason that you don't see many used Airtronics servos in the market is that most users don't want to part with them whether they are analogue or digital. Airtronics is just getting into full line of digital servos that pricing will blow your pants off compared to other brands. Check with Peter Hill ( advertiser with RC Canada in Ontario) . His pricing will blow your mind; and has been selling Aietronics for a long time.
5) yes , as your lower battery voltage the current consumption will go up. That is why they supply a 1500 mah battery 7.2v with the radio. Theoretical radio on-time would be about 1500mah/240 mah = 6.25 hours . Degrade that by 50% and you still get 3.125 hours ; still not too shaby. A great feature they also have, to reduce power consumption when changing or adjusting programing is you don't have to turn on the full transmitter but just the screen with programing function; saves unnessary power usage. They also suggest using 2S lipos for extra power although they do not supply as there is too wide a choice of manufactures out there and then another charger option would have to be supplied. Warrantee is in full force when using 2S lipos whereas most other manufacturers will void warrantee if lipos are used .
Tons of feature there alright but the more you use it the better it is. You will get all sorts of arguments pro and con but I feel there are a ton of pro's to and few ounces of con's with this radio. Also Airtronics has a 1-800 line and website forum for any programming questions that an owner may have. On the website forum ,I have read that user's have come up with programing questions and after playing arround with radio have come up with solutions that even the design engineers have not thought of. Now tell me that is not a versatile radio !!! The radio is as good as the 200 page manual and your imagination, pretty much .
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