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Old 06-24-2005, 08:06 AM   #1
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I'm in the market for a new radio. I've used JR up to this point, but am thinking of a change. They are a lot pricier than others, Are they really that much better :
I have narrowed my choice to Futaba 9CAFS FM with Digital servos or Aitrronics RD8000. What are your opinions , thoughts :
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Old 06-25-2005, 11:00 PM   #2
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I can't really help you with your I only have an RD6000.... but, choosing an RD8000, which has the ability to transmit both "shifts" would let you use your existing JR equipment. One disadvantage to the RD8000 is that you don't have dual rates/expo on the rudder. I don't know if the Futaba does or not or whether this is important to you or not, but it's worth considering. Also the RD has only three characters for model naming, whereas the Futaba has more(I think?!?!)

I have heard/read someplace that if you select heli model type for your airplane on the RD series, you can get expo/dual rates for your rudder channel at the expense of losing the two independent aileron servos... but I don't know if that is true or not and haven't tried it.

One thing that may help you make a decision is download the pdf versions of the manuals for both radios and have a read through them. You may find one's programming logic (?)easier to understand.
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Old 06-25-2005, 11:16 PM   #3
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I have the 9CHP and I love it. I used the manual to program my first plane, now my manual collects dust!! The 9C is very easy to use. I have one gasser and a few glow aerobatic planes set up on mine with all the goodies (triple flight modes, spoilerons, dual elevator and ailerons on own channel, etc, etc) I have never ran into a program limitation or a problem programming. Go with the 9C I am sure you will enjoy it.
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Old 06-26-2005, 01:58 AM   #4
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Check out the JR 9303. Seems to have most, if not all, the same features as the 9CAP - plus you can stick with JR.
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Old 06-26-2005, 08:54 PM   #5
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Kevin - well, if it was me I would go with the 9CAP, but as you know I have one and think it is a great radio. Lets you program all the toggles almost anyway you want them. I would buy another in a flash, but as you also know I am a Futaba guy !!

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Old 06-26-2005, 09:11 PM   #6
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What radio to buy?

The Royal Evo seems to be gaining popularity.

It will run different receivers including JR.

You can get a frequency synthesizer and a scanning module if you want.

Fully programmable, 99 model memory, custom mixes, speed control on most functions, assignable servo outputs as well as all switches, buttons, sticks and sliders.

One thing it won't do is transmit in PCM mode.

The choices are many as far as radios go you are only limited by what you want to spend.
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