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Old 05-14-2006, 07:58 PM   #1
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I'm a newb with a T hawk with the stock 27 mhz 3 channel radio.It seems to be a bit glitchy and I will be replacing it with something that will be useful to me down the road.At this point I don't see glow engines happening ever....Probably bigger electrics though,possibly dabble in AP later.Price is definitely an object
Was thinking along the lines of 6 channel computer radio...any suggestions?
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You cant go wrong with a JR 6102, and it can grow with you to nitro, electric, heli's, etc. I started with one and loved it. You cant beat JR quality in that price range IMO.

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If you are going to switch to 72 MHz then make sure there are no clubs within 5km of where you fly... you can kill someone... literally.
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The new Spektrum radio is good too. Don't have to worry about frequencies, receivers are about 20 or 30 dollars less, They are designed for small airplanes as well. A bit cheaper than the 6102, a few less features, but alot of them are still there.
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Old 05-15-2006, 04:35 AM   #5
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Closest club to me is approx 40 km as the crow flies ...I'll have a good look @ the spektrum is the range on those?
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Originally Posted by Heli3dflyr
You cant go wrong with a JR 6102
Second that, I've been flying mine for a couple years, reliable and great features.
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This radio “The Best Bang for The Buck” debate comes up every few months and the same scenario unfolds. Everyone argues for their personal choice some even relate horror stories of other brands. Why not give the newbie the best advice. Reality check if there was one brand that was better than any of the others why would anyone buy anything else. We have every brand in use at our field and every price range. They all operate as they were designed as long as proper care and usage as per manufacturer’s instructions are followed.

Most radio problems can be traced to pilot error. Poor maintenance of equipment and batteries, improper installation including servos to small to do the job and the worst is equipment that has been crashed transferred to another airplane without proper service. The list could go on forever.

Yes there are a few instances of radio equipment not working right straight out of the box but you get the same from a $30,000 plus vehicle as well.

Newbie’s picking a radio might want to check the local club to see what brand the majority of instructors are familiar with. Buying a radio this way will give you a better than average chance someone may already have a buddy cord and would be more than willing to teach you on a buddy box system.

All radio companies make entry level radios and at this level the investment is not that great. Most long time modelers have more than one radio so forget about buying that all in one, do everything radio right off the bat you will save yourself a bundle. Chances are your first few planes will not use much more than 5 channels at most.

Last of all and most important YOU are the one using this equipment so do your homework, read, ask questions not about which radio is best but features that you might want. Then buy the radio that suits your needs. If you can spend time at a hobby shop or club and hold a few radios to see which ones feel most comfortable for you.

Most newbie’s we run into are looking to buy an all inclusive package. Since we have buddy boxes for every brand at the club it matters not what they buy we will be able to accommodate them. It then becomes their personal choice as to the style and looks of the airplane involved. I do not remember any ever saying they were sorry they had purchased one of these packages and wish they had picked another. We even had one student crash his Nextar Deluxe and guess what the company followed up on their guarantee and replaced it free of charge supporting their claim to guarantee you will learn to fly without crashing with their product or they would replace or fix it free of charge.

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