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Old 01-16-2006, 11:37 AM   #1
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Buying a 9 Channel Radio System

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Hi guys,
i'm new to the site and hobby.
I did do few searches looking for any information on transmitters and didn't find anything that helped.

I want to get involved with rc planes/helicopters and i want to buy a transmitter that could be used down the road for both planes and helicopters.

I guess my my question is whats a good System for around $600 - $800 CDN?
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Old 01-16-2006, 12:57 PM   #2
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Hi henesee

Welcome to the hobby and R/C canada.

Before you rush into buying a radio find the closest club to where you live.

You can get this info at the following link.

Click on clubs and select the area you are from.

It will help you to edit your RC Canada profile and add the town/city and province you live in.

Just click on PROFILE in the yellow banner at the top.



It is confidential but if you make major changes to your profile you will be locked out of RC Canada and the administrator will send you an e-mail to allow you to log back in to RC Canada.

You will get lots of help on this site.

Once you find your local club make sure you get in touch with them to see if they are accepting new members and students.

There are some clubs that do not accept student pilots.

Find out what radio most of them use and make sure that the radio you buy has a connector for a buddy box and is compatible with the instructors radio.

The guys in the club will help you with this.

Once you find out what radio they recommend then you can buy it on RCC or new from a hobby shop.

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Old 01-16-2006, 01:08 PM   #3
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All good info from Ken,


On the other hand, you just described JR's 9303.
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Old 01-16-2006, 01:15 PM   #4
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I agree with most of what Ken said except, I would not let the club I am joining govern what high end radio I am buying. His suggestion of getting a radio that the club can provide a buddy box for is reasonable if you are going to buy a low end radio. In my opinion if you are going to drop $800 bucks on a radio get the one you like most and worry about the buddy box thing later. Get what feels best in your hands.

Now I also have just described the JR 9303 heli version. I have one of these and I love it. It will fly helis and planes, is in the price range you quoted and you can pick up a used buddy box on here for about $50.00. This radio would likely last you the rest of your flying hobby. I can't say enough about it. Futaba is another radio manufacturer but from a dedicated JR guy, why would you look Just kidding you should check them out too.
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Old 01-16-2006, 04:46 PM   #5
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As has been said in several threads, asking radio preference is like asking preference of Coke or Pepsi.

Of course one other advantage of checking with the local club is getting help with programming your radio and hearing experiences. If the local club has experience with programming brand x, it will certainly be easier to get some help. That being said, I would best most clubs have a variety of experience as well. Features like # models that can be stored, # mixes, is it a programmable channel etc etc are just a few.

Ask as many questions as you can to figure out what features you'll want and, as Ted said, find a radio that has these features and that you like. At the price range you are looking (upper mid range), the features you want will be in most of the radio brands. You gotta like what you buy though .

Just remember that everyone who gives you an opinion, will have their own personal preference. It's really up to you to make your own preference. Futaba, JR, Hitec, Airtronics, Multiplex are discussed (amongst other) here on RCC. Do some searches and you'll get some good starting info.

Most important? Have fun, it's a great hobby to enjoy

Bob (Futaba and Coke are my choices, I leave Pepsi to the JR guys )
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