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Offline Norman1

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Radio purchse
« on: June 23, 2020, 03:25:51 PM »
Afternoon all

Looking at a couple of transmitters and would welcome comment - pros / cons

Multiplex sx 9 and sx 12 and the Spectrum dx8 and dx9

I am undecided on receiver choice as yet.

Iíve got unused standard futaba 148 and  3003 servos that I still want use  and 4 new Futaba enelope   receiver packs that Iíve just bought. Are the connectors compatible and whatís the story re analogue / digital servos.

Any guidance appreciated.


Offline IanF

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Re: Radio purchse
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2020, 03:57:05 PM »
Hi Norman

I donít know anyone in the club with a Multiplex
Radio, so if you went down that road you may find yourself on your own as to programming etc. Very good equipment but ....

If was to start again Iíd go for a DX8 gen 2,
The DX8e is dry battery so Iíd steer away from that.
Yes a DX9 has an extra channel ( I have one, but have never used more than seven), do you need 9
The majority of club members are using Spektrum , some on Futaba ( poor souls 😉)
and couple of other specialist heli radios that the name escapes me, a Fly Sky and a Tanares Horus . There may be one Hi etc too.Thatís about it

Your  Futaba servos and Eneloop receiver packs will work with Spektrum, you just need to file off the tabs on the plugs.
« Last Edit: June 23, 2020, 03:59:30 PM by IanF »

Offline Mike Deans

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Re: Radio purchse
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2020, 04:06:41 PM »
Hi Norman,
                  You will find quite a lot of people in the club using Spektrum transmitters dx8  and dx9 so there will be a pool of knowledge to draw upon in case of need. However unlike the old days of 35 MHz when you could use any manufacturer's ppm receiver with a any transmitter, these days it is almost certain you have to use the same manfacturer's tx/rx combination, I.e. Futaba tx with Futaba rc , Spektrum tx with Spektrum tx etc. Your Futaba servos will still work although you will have to remove the tab to get it to fit into the JR type socket used on the Spektrum rx. I take it you mean Eneloop batteries for your rx, again the only thing to watch out for is the tab, and I have used analogue and digital servos with no problems on my Spektrum set up. I do not know for certain but I am not aware of anyone using Multiplex equipment, perhaps the next time you are the field you can have a peak at some of the gear to finalise your choice.

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