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Old Dec 04, 2012, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Bob6831 View Post
Thanks for the info..... but I have made my move and bought a Super Cub from HobbyZone for $99.
Next question is........ what is the best low cost transmitter I should get that will work with all the airplanes I have.
And, what should be my next plane? T-28 ?
The Super Cub will serve you well. Now what Super Cub did you get? If it is the original RTF version it has a proprietary radio that is basically just a toy. Not that it isn't reliable but it has an easily breakable throttle slider for the left control stick.... It's no tragedy at all and the plane is perfectly flyable like that.

Now, if you are looking for a transmitter, keep in mind that the receivers for all your planes will have to compatible with the transmitter. Futaba receivers don't work with Spektrum transmitters, for instance. Everybody will scream at you how their radio manufacturer is best. The sad truth is that it's hard to buy a bad radio today, as long as you stick to established known manufacturers, and I include FRSky among them as only an example.

I have experience with Spektrum equipment and I like it. I'm sure I'd like Airtronics, JR, Futaba, fill in the blank. One nice thing about Spektrum is that you can buy OrangeRX receivers from Hobby King for about $5.00 that are wonderfully good. You could stick one of those in the Super Cub.

Then you have to think about transmitters. You can buy a Spektrum DX5e for about $50. Now they call this an analogue radio. It is not. It is just as digital as all their other radios with the advantage that the receiver binds to only that transmitter, which sends out authentication with every command. Even if you had another person turn on a transmitter which happened to pick the identical frequencies, your radio would listen only to your transmitter. This is true of all computer radios.

But what most people are talking about when they say "computer radio" is radios that have programmable functions: variable dual rate, customizable exponential rates, customizable throttle curves, custom mixes between different functions, model memory, so your radio remembers all your custom settings for each plane. The DX6i is the most cost effective way to get into a Spektrum computer radio. I am not sure of the best current price available.

If you're not in an extremely crowded area, you can save money by picking up a used DSM2 model that somebody thinks is now junk. It will serve you as well as the new radio unless you are flying in the immediate vicinity of 50 or more other fliers also using Spektrum equipment. Taking advantage of somebody else's insecurities is always a great way to save money.

I own a DSM2 DX5e and haven't had a glitch in three years. It's a wonderful thing. If money is a big problem, don't feel deprived to order a DX5e. You can buy the higher priced spread later and the DX5e makes a great buddy box radio.
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