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Old 02-24-2008, 12:12 PM   #1
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Old 02-24-2008, 12:25 PM   #2
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I have a Spektrum DX7 for indoor and my IMAC rides and JR6102 for glow stuff (until I sell it all )
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Old 02-24-2008, 12:28 PM   #3
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which radio you use

Don't forget the qualifier - "and why?"

In the past, I used Orbit and CRC because that was what we had and at the time Kraft was prohibitively expensive.

Later on, I went to JR since my preference was single stick and everyone else was discontinuing those models.

At the same time, I acquired a Futaba 3 channel boat/car radio - since that was what was available in a high end radio that suited my needs and tastes.

Now I have a computer system and it's Futaba. I hate 2 stick radios and still prefer single stick. So I'm stuck there. However, the only reason that I did not want a JR was that they need a TX battery to maintain the memory (is this still the case?), eventhough I prefer the JR to Fuatba for several other reasons. I hate batteries even more than dual stick transmitters and other features. That's also why I use magneto instead of electronic ignition on gas engines. I hate batteries.

The back up battery issue was the overriding reason for me to choose Futaba over JR this time around.

There's always a reason for the decision. That's what's at the heart of it.
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Old 02-24-2008, 01:42 PM   #4
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I started with a used Airtronics Vanguard then bought a Air 6000 super so I could use my old receiver with it. Lots of good used Airtronics stuff around so now I have 6 flight packs and love my system. That being said no one else seems to fly it and new stuff is getting rare.

Thats my 2 cents. George
I keep having the same mechanical problem. I've got a loose nut on the transmitter!

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Old 02-24-2008, 02:13 PM   #5
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I started 2 years ago with an old Airtronics radio that came with a trainer I bought used. Then moved to a JR XF622 which was a gift. After acquiring a few planes, the 2-model memory wasn't enough, so I recently bought a used JR XP6102 to match my receivers, and so I could use the 622 for a buddy box if necessary. I didn't switch to 2.4 mostly because I figured used gear for 72MHz would get cheap & easy to find.
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Old 02-24-2008, 05:19 PM   #6
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My first system was a Kraft series 78 for which I think I paid in excess of $400 in about 1979. I had to put my R/C stuff away for several years and later sold everything to a friend for cheap. Got going again in 1992 with an Airtronics 4ch Vanguard which I still have and use for my spad combat planes, also have a 6ch Vanguard as a spare. My main equipment is Futaba - one FP-T7UAF and two FP-T7UAFS units with a mix of futaba and hitec acessories. Had a JR 622 for about a year in there somewhere - but prefer Futaba so off it went to someone who would appreciate it. Futaba 2.4 GHz is in the future as I am entering the larger gasser area.

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Old 02-24-2008, 06:41 PM   #7
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Bought my first RC Radio back in 1974. It was a 3 channel MRC with servos that weighed about a half pound each. Cost me a fortune at the time, about $250. I was paid $2.50 back then. I only flew for about one summer, by myself so I sold everything.

Came back in 1991 and bought an Ace MicroPro 7000, which had dual RF decks so I could switch between two channels, 16 and 28. Had other cool features like in flight trim, snap roll switch, rubber Ducky antenna, RS232 port to down load aircraft model memory and it had an updateable EEPROM chip to upgrade the software.... that was $400 at cost price.

From there an until just a month ago, I purchased a Hitec Eclipse 7 for $180 with Spectra. For the money it was/is an awsome little radio.

I've just moved over to the dark side and purchased a JR X9303 2.4 GHz which I haven't had the opportunity to use yet but am looking forward to it!

Hard to believe that technology has developed by leaps and bounds and so much cheeper now than just a few years ago!
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Old 02-24-2008, 08:02 PM   #8
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Picked up my first RC aircraft and radio as a package. A Logictrol c/w shorting plug, a QwikFli lll with an Enya 61 that had gulped about 50 gals of fuel. Learning to fly with that combo was a bit of a stretch.
My next radio was Heathkit, because I couldn't afford a Kraft. I assembled 3 of them, and aquired 2 more. They were terrific radios in their day, and I never had a glitch or a failure that was not thumb induced.
Left the hobby for 12 years for the IPSC circuit. When I came back, of course, the gear was out of spec, and too costly to update, so donated it all to my old High School's robotics program. Now it's Futaba; 6DA (2) and 6EXA. Both have been excellent!
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Old 02-24-2008, 08:15 PM   #9
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My first radios were an aluminum cased Futaba/Udisco with five wire servos and a Sanwa four channel.

I've owned about twelve radios in the two decades since then and ended up with a Futaba 9ZAP WC2 (used gently) and a new 7CAP. (I still have a box filled with car radios somewhere, JR, Futaba and Hitec).

I went with Futaba because my buddy and his instructor had Futaba.

Things to note: the 9Z is difficult to learn to program (if you hadn't been programming PID controls and alarm systems before), and the 9Z synth module does not seem to work with any single conversion receivers (just got a new synth rx to try out).
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:08 AM   #10
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AIRTRONICS RD6000 - this is used for my heli's and planes.
and i have an old MRC - collecting dust
and some older AIRTRONICS - collecting dust
Sitting and trying to finish my lear while my leg heals!
Hirobo Sceadu 50 Evolution - converted to Electric.
Kavan Alouette 2 - collecting dust.
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