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Old 11-14-2008, 10:55 PM   #1
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Best radio for heli requiring 5 channels

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I'm new to this site and hoping if someone could help me understand what i need to look for in a transmitter/receiver package.

I have a heli that requires at least 5 channels though I wouldn't mind have 6 or 7 for future add-ons.

I've looked at Futaba and Spektrum with 6 channels and 7 channels though I've also noticed mode 1,2,3,4 as well as programmable features.

Kits I think might be worth getting were the Futaba 6EX or 6EXHP or Spektrum DX7 but i'm sure there are other radios out there with more bells and whistles that I may just not need for my first heli.

Seeing as there's AM, FM w/PPM PCM and now with FASST technology in 2.4Ghz, what's the best way to go or what's the best bang for the buck? What do I gain over one and not the other.

I've read a whole lot of forums topics and i get mixed opinions. I thought I'd give this a shot and see what you guys have seen in your experiences with radios.

Thank you!

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Old 11-14-2008, 11:16 PM   #2
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Re: Best radio for heli requiring 5 channels

I'd say go with the newest technology which is the 2.4 ghz system, as far as brands go , find out what most of the guys you'll be flying with use and choose that ( wheather it be Futaba, JR,etc. ) that way they'll be able to help you with programming and setting up your heli, and radio. good luck. ken
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Ken nailed it, I would go with 2.4 and pick whatever everyone around you is flying. Having help with setup is key. Good Luck.
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Old 11-15-2008, 05:22 AM   #4
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in my opinion i would go with a jr 8103 H. even tho its 72 mhz , its a darn good tx. 3 different models can be flown on it, and on each of those models you have 10 model memory. you have Heli's, aircrafts and gliders. just my 2 cents. and i for one dont trust 2.4 mhz cause of everything that is on that frequency. but thats another discussion. to each their own however.
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Old 11-15-2008, 09:35 AM   #5
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Re: Best radio for heli requiring 5 channels

Hey there,

I thought I'd get in with my two cents.

"The best radio" definitely depends on your wants and needs. 2.4 GHz radios are still fairly new, so they will cost you more money and are harder to find used. However, they provide added protection against being "shot down" from interference on the same frequency.

72 MHz radios were the standard for many years, and lots of us have logged thousands of flights without having been shot down. With everyone switching over to 2.4 GHz, 72 MHz radios and receivers can be obtained second-hand for very reasonable prices.

I try to get the very most out of my modest hobby budget, so I use a 72 MHz radio. I use a JR 7202 synth, which has a 20-model memory (it scares me how 10 just isn't enough...), 7 channels, options for SPCM, ZPCM, or PPM, and cost me less than $100 used. Since it is synthesized, it can be used on any channel without switching crystals. I have a variety of receivers that I paid between $20-$50 for.

These options work well for me, and I've never had problems with glitching, shoot-downs, etc. If I had more money than I do, I might go for a 2.4 GHz system.

Starting off in this hobby is expensive. If you start with 72 MHz, you'll save a good bit of money. However, if you want to switch to 2.4 GHz at a later date, the cost will be high.

It is all a balancing act, and in the end it comes down to personal choice.

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Old 11-19-2008, 09:34 AM   #6
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Hey guys, its amazing how friendly and informative these forums can be. Its great to see others willing to give their experiences with this hobby. I kind of feel bad knowing I don't have too much to offer right now but eventually when i start building my own experience i can offer that back to the community!

Well as for the radio, I've chosen to go with the JR 8103 and the 649S rx. Hooked it up last night to the heli and looks great so far. So I have the pitch, throttle, gyro, and the rudder connected but then there's two servos left that i would assume have to do with the heli leaning left and right or advancing forward or reverse....what's that term called? Yaw? sorry if I seem like a newb...
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