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#1 IRH Nov 13, 2011 08:01 AM

New Heli radio for around Air Force Base?
Info on which Heli radio to buy around Air Force Base that flys alot of UAV's? Don't need any problem with them or with me while doing my home aircraft setups. Would like make, model, # of channels, ect....THKS.......!:popcorn:

#2 Mikarro Nov 13, 2011 11:32 AM

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JR or Futaba... Hitec sucks for helis (high latency & low resolution) :popcorn:


#3 IRH Nov 13, 2011 11:40 AM

I'll checkout JR systems right now. So, what about transmitting next to a U.S. AFB and glitchs?? Thanks for quick reply..

#4 Rumbleweed Nov 13, 2011 08:24 PM


Originally Posted by IRH (Post 19863537)
I'll checkout JR systems right now. So, what about transmitting next to a U.S. AFB and glitchs?? Thanks for quick reply..

If you get a 2.4Ghz radio, you will be operating in the same portion of the spectrum as your wifi router so you will be fine unless your router has interferance

#5 chuck75 Nov 14, 2011 02:38 AM

A.F. Bases and Major Civil Airports
An AFB or a major civil airport can have a heck of a lot of active high power microwave transmitters. (Mainly Radar) Besides that, flipping certain toggle switches to "active" on tactical fighters and a few other military aircraft can be hazardous to proper operation of even military UAV's.

If that isn't enough, The military often does it's own frequency usage managment. They tend to follow the FCC and international agreements most of the time.

The highest power levels that I am aware of (on the ground, anway) actually came from Army AA systems that can be deployed to "help protect" airfields from attack. Lets say that you don't want to be anywhere in the open near the tracking antennas when the systems are active.

#6 IRH Nov 14, 2011 03:31 AM

Sweet! Thanks. I new with the UAV's over head I'd best be on top of it. Yes my router had had problems at first when it came out, but much better today. Info on the 2.4Ghz very helpful and great starting place. So, Heli radio, 8 channel or better, 2.4Ghz, JR or Futaba. I'll let you know the one once I get it ordered. Thks.... for your responses.... truly helpful.

#7 mouse Nov 14, 2011 04:59 AM

go old school 35hz, fly on a low band say 56 and you should be home free as you are then well away from the interfernce range. for heli go JR I can say this advice as i have flone of mod active airfleds for about 7 years the only interfernce i have experinced was 2.4gh and ch60 -ch80 on 35 but that we suspect was from a local club not sticking to tight frequincy control

#8 IRH Nov 14, 2011 06:02 PM

K, guys! need more info on this 35hz, low band 56??? idea, what a curveball. I wasn't ready for it. Was ready to go 2.4Ghz JR or Futaba......

#9 AndyKunz Nov 14, 2011 08:06 PM

When I worked on base, they had a strict NO RF TRANSMITTERS rule (posted right next to the notice about surrendering firearms at the gate). You might want to check with your base commander first. You would be much smarter to get away from the base 5+ miles so there are fewer issues to deal with regarding altitude and control.


#10 IRH Nov 15, 2011 07:31 AM

My home is 2 miles from USAFB, 10 miles from town and 20 miles from r/c strip.. Moving not an option. The R/C setup's will still be at home, then go to strip.. Also not trying to satisfy everyone that's impostible. Just trying to buy best radio to head off problems with the UAV's and USAF. I don't work for DOD anymore retired. Restarting an old Hobby with all kinds of time to relearn, flown in past. I don't need a mega radio.. but with that said I'd like to buy smart, rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it...

#11 AndyKunz Nov 15, 2011 07:55 AM

Sorry, I misunderstood.

There's nothing wrong with using a 2.4g radio then. If you're 2 miles from base, you're probably another mile or two from the runway. About the only thing I'd worry about is if you're under an approach or departure route in that case. Just my opinion.


#12 IRH Nov 15, 2011 10:06 AM

Not a problem, must have all the feedback I can get. Yes, touch and go's are the problem mostly right overhead and low. I've come to love it, but don't want glitch's for them or me. JR or Futaba Heli & planes, 2.4Ghz, # channels, mod1 or mod2?? be flying 500 size mostly. THKS...

#13 AndyKunz Nov 15, 2011 10:14 AM

The DX8 is a great heli radio. The latency is pretty close to the DX7SE, a heli-specific radio we sold until a few months ago. John Adams used one to place quite highly at the Nats this year in some big heli class (I forget which one, I think it was for .90 (700) size).

The DX8 is also a great airplane radio.

Mode 1 or 2 is up to you. Most heli pilots, even if they fly airplanes in Mode 1, still fly a heli in Mode 2. The US is very Mode 2 oriented, so getting a Mode 1 here is probably not your best choice if you are going to get help from anybody locally. You may find there's a club tied to the base - check the AMA website www.modelaircraft.org for clubs local to you. You may not need to travel 20 miles!

Whatever you do, hold the radio in your hands first. Buy what's popular at your club and/or hobby shop. They'll be your first line of help if you need it.


#14 IRH Nov 15, 2011 12:14 PM

K, best bang for bucks? DX8, X9503, 8fg super... Thanks guy up to me now.??

#15 DougV Nov 15, 2011 01:30 PM

Me Ill go for the 8FG/S, right now you can get it with an extra (free) receiver from Tower Hobbies http://towerhobbies.com/products/futaba/futk8010.html and you can also use a coupon for an extra $65.00 off.

My son flies the Futaba 12fg over at Eglin AFB no problems at all.

Best regards,

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