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Old 09-09-2012, 09:25 AM   #1
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Hi folks,
Used to be an avid member about 4 years ago but had to give it up due to family obligations.
I'm back now and itching to get back in the air.Alot has changed since then!!
I'm looking to purchase new gear and a plane since I sold it all off.My question is this.
I see Alot of new radio systems out now featuring 2.4g.Are there any makes I should avoid?
For the time being I'm looking to keep from breaking the bank on a radio now and was looking at some of the cheaper systems like the skyfly?Should I avoid it or just get a higher end radio?
For the time being I only need a basic 6 ch.
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:43 PM   #2
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Hi Brian,

as far as transmitters go, the DX6i transmitter goes for about 170 (at my local hobby shot anyways) and has 6 channels, has an LCD screen on it, scaling on all controls ie. run everything at 70% max. from what I've read and been told, it will get you all the way to an advanced level of flight. i thought for $170 it was a pretty good deal, but i obviously don't know your budget range.

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Old 09-26-2012, 10:29 PM   #3
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Some of the better radios are JR, Spektrum, Futaba and Hitec. I use the Spektrum DX6I. Check the classifieds on this forum, and locally for a used radio. Spektrum and JR are compatible with the Orange RXs from HK.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:21 AM   #4
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I started with a Spektrum DX6i and upgraded to a DX8 (the latest DX7 model is good also).
Reason: Upgradable firmware through the internet and has an SD card. This give you the chance to keep in memory on the SD card or on your PC an infinite amount of models. For the DX6i the firmware is upgradable only if you ship the radio to Spektrum and it only holds 10 different models. So if you want to add an 11th one, you will need to delete one and enter the new one manually.
Also if you plan to fly a CP nitro helicopter that has a speed governor, you will need a minimum of 7 channels and the DX6i has only 6.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:12 PM   #5
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Started with a dx7 upgraded to a jr 9303. Now I'm a jr fan, I find it easier to program then spektrum and it doesn't feel or look as cheap as spektrum. I'm not saying spektrum is cheap their great reliable raidios. it just gives me that feel ever since I switched to jr
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:35 AM   #6
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I second the Dx6i as a good, beginner 2.4 radio.

Over the course of the last few years, I have bought about 6 of these now for my students and friends. Almost all were purchased used, many of them right here from RCC's buy and sell section. The best part is, a good used DX6i only costs about $100. The most I ever paid for one is $110.

The other reason the DX6i is a good radio is it works with the Bind-and-fly technologies that are being used in Parkzone aircraft.
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