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Old 03-01-2004, 01:33 PM   #1
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I noticed a computerized 6 channel radio in the latest MAAC mag. for $219.
Are they worth buying?
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I've been using a couple of the original Airtronics computer radios (the Infinity series) for over 10 years now. They are still working like a charm; all I've done is install new batteries every couple of years. Receivers are rock solid in either glow or electric powered machines.
I would imagine the newer radios would provide the same level of good service.
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I was a die hard Airtronics guy. I was one of the first guys to own the RD6000 Super at my field. I even bought an RD8000, which I did not like, needed more switches etc etc anyway, it was a real toss up when I wanted more. I had a heck of a time between the stylus and the Futaba 9C. Since my choice, I have seen first hand 4 bad Airtronics radios. All of which had to be sent back for broken wires, bad pot, silent buzzer and one that was never explained. Don't get me wrong here, Airtronics is a very good company with great service, I just think something has changed on the production lines. Just my 2 cents!
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I'm very happy with mine(RD6000). I did have to send it in to have the throttle pot fixed though. It actually ended up having to go back a couple of times. The last time I had to send it in, I called the service manager and explained why I was unhappy. He sent me a brand new radio(an RD6000 Super...complete with receiver, servos etc) and just asked that I send the TX back to them.

I really like the fact that I can "talk" to anybody's receiver on the same channel, the throttle cut and the countdown timer.

I'd have no qualms over buying another RD... I'm not sure which TX you're looking at though.

Edit: Forgot to mention... the RD line is quite easy to program..I downloaded the manual for the Hitec Eclipse 7... didn't seem to be anywhere near as easy to program...although part of that will be what you're used to I realize...
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I also have owned 8 or so (maybe more?) Airtronics radios including 4 or 5 Infinity systems (600 and 660 and 1000), and three or 4 vanguard systems, and one Quasar 6 channel.

I never had any issues other than a few bad servos out of many, many dozens, and one broken wire on a rudder pot in my Quasar.

I think they are as good as the rest in terms of reliability.
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Spend a little more money and get two more channels with the RD8000.

I own a Stylus and have had no problems. Switched from FUtaba in 1998 and never looked back. What Airtronics system are you looking at?
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I have an RD6000, It has been my main radio for two years and I love it.
Its easy to program an easy to use.
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they are a very good radio`but if you are new at this, see what the people are using at the field you will be flying
meaning that will an instructor be available to help you learn
do they have a buddy box for your radio
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Originally Posted by scaleguy
What Airtronics system are you looking at?
Good question. It is a new model called a VG6000. I looked it up at It seems to have a lot of capabilities. If i'm reading it right, all of that model come with a micro receiver.

I guess if it's new no one will be able to tell me much about it specifically but the price is sure tempting. A computerized radio with servos for $219!!!!
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