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Old 08-10-2008, 09:10 PM   #1
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Futaba or JF 2.4???

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Hello all,

I am looking at purchasing a 2.4 system down the road and I thought I would ask the question of which one should I get? I currently have a Futaba 9CAP I know they have the Futaba 10C 2.4 or the JR 9303 2.4 The benefit of the module in the futaba is obvious I can remove it and fly my FM receiver planes. That aside though should one get a dedicated sytem and slowly replace the FM ones or go with the modulated one???

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Old 08-11-2008, 01:05 AM   #2
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Re: Futaba or JF 2.4???

I guess it comes down to a personal choice which for me was affordability.

At the time I purchased my new 2.4 system, a JR X9303, there was a lot of negative hype about the modular systems. I am NOT a techie so I didn't really understand half of what they were saying anyway. I wanted a newer more advanced radio system for flying scale aerobatic competition so I opted for the JR which for me was the more reasonably priced system.

If money is no object then by all means go for the top of the line Futaba FAAST system for roughly $2,500.00. But for a 1/4 of the price I got one terrific full featured JR radio that has all the features I will ever need and more!
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Old 08-11-2008, 07:27 AM   #3
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Re: Futaba or JF 2.4???

I agree, personal preferance really....but I had a 72mhz 9CAPS and switched to all JR 2.4, best purchase I've made in R/C!

1. JR has much easier programming and user interface

2. JR is compatible with Spektrum Rx, which are genereally cheaper and there is more variety of the small , lightweight Rxs for indoor/parkflyer stuff.
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:04 AM   #4
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Re: Futaba or JF 2.4???

I went with JR / Spektrum, I really like the data logger which allows you to see how the system is doing. Also the power safe recievers seem to be a great option for high power servos.

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Re: Futaba or JF 2.4???

Same thoughts here. I need to get "more" channels than my futaba 6ch can give me. I'm able to fly my gasser with the 6 but it requires "mods" (like a y reverser that I have for the dual elev servos as my current radio only allows for one elev servo).

After much research (and down to the "bite the bullet and buy it or live with what I have to do), I'd go with the x9303 over the 10c (one thing is the jr rx are cheaper in the long run--the jr tx is a bit more $ than the futaba). I still need to experience a jr in hand though (only ever used futaba and recently, a polk).

Although I still fly 72, I like the idea of a dedicated 2.4 (the x9303) vs the modular xp9303. The 72 modular is not a concern for me as I still have an fm tx.
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Re: Futaba or JF 2.4???

If you need a modular system to fly your old 72 stuff the 10c is probably the best bet. It is a little cheaper than the 9303 and is a little more feature rich than the JR. The menu and programing are very good also.
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Re: Futaba or JF 2.4???

Do what I have done. Get a 9C and an XPS 2.4 module and have an 8 channel 2.4 system and then get an XP9303 and an XPS module for it and have a 9 channel 2.4 system.

I don't have the "heat" problems of the FASST system, nor the reboot or wire chafing of the X9303 system but I have 2.4 and 46 model memory without buying any additional electronics for memory.

I did this and I know there are arguments against it but just stating what one can do for less than a Futaba or JR really high-end system.
And I can fly any of my Hitec, JR, Futaba 72Mhz receivers. (Oh wait, I sold them all because 2.4 is/was working so well!)
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