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Old 01-17-2003, 11:47 PM   #11
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That's why I was leaning towards 631 good bang for the buck but nowhere near that large commitment.

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Old 01-18-2003, 01:21 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the responses so far! Your opinions are really helping my through the thought process.

I have priced out many Tx (with Rx/servos), and have found that the 4-ch non-computer start at about $200, and the 4-ch computer radios start at about $250. I think I would like at least a 5 channel, since I would like to get into ailerons and aerial pics before I have to pick a new Tx. For the extra $50 or so I think a computer Tx is in order, I understand I can use a computer Tx like a non-computer Tx, but certainly can't do it the other way round.

As for jumping straight to a high end system, I agree that I really don't have the knowledge I need to make an informed decision. That is something that personal experience will be essential for I think. I am also trying to keep the budget down, just in case I don't get hooked. If I spend $300 on a Tx now, and have to spend another $700 later on a better Tx for a hobby I really enjoy, I don't think I will be unhappy about the initial $300 (especially since I have useful Rx/servos, backup/2nd Tx). On the other hand if I spend $700 on a Tx now, and just can't get the hang of flying and throw the whole set into the closet (or sell at a loss), the extra $400 I spent on a Tx with features I never used will bother me.

My current prime contenders (<= $300 CDN):
JR XF421ex (no Rx/Servos) $190 (price, plan to get flight pack anyways)
JR XF421ex (6ch Rx + 2xS241) $250 (Nice parts for the extra $60)
Hitec Flash 5X (8ch Rx + 4xHS-422) $300 (Probably most comp functions)
JR XF631 (7ch Rx + 4xS537) $300 (6 channels)
(sorry Futaba/Airtronics/etc fans, no computer Tx in the price range, let me know if I missed one)

I think I will take a browse through the online user manuals and see if anything there leads me one way or the other. I also need to take the drive to the city and visit a shop or two to see some of Tx in person.

Any additional input is appreciated.

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Old 01-18-2003, 06:59 AM   #13
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I have had just about every make of radio on the market including Airtronics, Futaba, JR and Hitec. Now I fly Airtronics and Hitec exclusiveley.In my experiences Hitec has the best customer service that I have seen. (I have never had the necessity to use Airtronics service , but I hear it's excellent too)
I fly a GWS Slowstick along with many other electrics and it is a fantastic flyer! In fact all of the GWS stuff is great quality for the money! I have 4
of their Pico receivers, 4 speed controls, several of their servos, motors and haven't had any problems whatsoever!
If I was starting out with electrics , my choice for a radio would be the new Hitec "Neon" 3 channel(under $200.00 from Great Hobbies). It comes with a new Micro receiver, two Micro servos and is expandable two 4 channels.Perfect for your Slowstick.If you stay in the hobby (which I hope you will!) you will have more than one radio, it's usually cheaper to buy a complete radio than a flight pack that has parts that you don't need.(the GWS is an exception)
If you go for a computer radio, buy the GWS fight pack for your Slowstick.If you need advice on batteries, servos etc. for it , feel free to email me.
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Old 01-18-2003, 07:40 AM   #14
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Whatever you decide, stay away from Hitec FEATHER receiver.
GWS is even cheaper than feather and works bettter.
Also had problems with JR 610 receiver. Bought it when they just released them and returned it to Sunset RC, maybe if they have improved now, can't say about that.
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Old 01-18-2003, 12:53 PM   #15
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Whichever you decide, you will be great I'm sure.
Enjoy the hobby, the learning curve is just as much fun as teaching. Everything in between is just pure fun!!!
Best to you!
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Old 01-18-2003, 10:39 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by AJCoholic
I just sold three airtronics computer radios, for $200 to $250 (complete packages) in super shape, deals are out there just look.

How come you never let any of us at RC Canada in on these great deals?

Some of us out here DO like Airtronics!

Do you have any more deals like above? If so PM me the details I am dihard Airtronics fan.. JR are ok 2 but no F*tabas please!!

Oh by the way... looks like the new RD8000 is out and it's 8ch., 10 model memory with dual elevator setup!

Check it out at
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Old 01-19-2003, 10:34 AM   #17
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I had 4 transmitters I was selling (3 infinities and a quasar) and I ended up selling them all locally. Its easier that way - rest assured I would have listed them here otherwise!

I dont think I will be selling off anything else in the radio dept. now I have my 10 channel Airtronics Infintiy and the JR 10X - they will do the trick for all my fleet!


PS check out the radiant and 3 receivers in the for sale column, the radiant is a nice little rig.
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