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Old Jul 31, 2011, 09:36 AM
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How "Safe" Is The Spektrum AR6115e 6-Channel DSMX?

I just obtained three of these from HH - I hardly ever fly farther than 500 feet away, so would it be accurate to say this receiver is "safe" and "reliable" for that range?

In case it's relevant, I'm using a DX7 with these receivers.

I plan on using the AR6115e's with heli's and airplanes, if they provide "reasonably safe" performance. Apparently, I cannot use satellites with these and that makes me wonder about their range and reliability performance.

Thanks & happy flyin'
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Old Jul 31, 2011, 10:48 AM
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You are probably going to get a bunch of people coming in and telling you that no Spektrum receiver is safe so be prepared for the haters to arrive.

That said, if it is as good as the older ar6100 then it should be good for 500 feet depending on the construction of the aircraft. It is specifically listed as a "Parkflyer" range of receiver which of course brings up the question of how big is a park? If the helis are bigger than 450 size, you should choose a full range receiver, I would also probably keep all the models a little closer in than 500 and slowly work my way out to hopefully find limits without crashes. Make certain to set throttle failsafe to idle or off just to make sure you don't have a runaway.

The biggest issue with this style of receiver is the possibility of having the signal blocked by a motor or battery, also carbon fiber construction would really be bad with this receiver so carbon fuse is not recommended.
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Old Jul 31, 2011, 11:57 AM
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Range was never the issue with the 6100 series stuff - - On my flat foam flyers -you can fly em till they are a speck in the sky- dun it meeeeeny times
having signal compromised at the model - is the real issue.
I am still of the opinionthat 99% of 2.4 problems are a result of application(misapplication of RX/ESC/BATT/ WIRING/ETC.- in otherwords, the nut holding the tx is the real issue.
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Old Jul 31, 2011, 12:42 PM
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They are a fantastic receiver. I have one in my old Slow Stick and I can take it up to the limits of vision safely. You do need to position it so the antennas will always have view of your transmitter. If you are using it in a large model, you may have issues with the battery and/or motor shadowing it. This is the case with all brands of 2.4g equipment. If you are flying a larger model, you would do well to use a receiver with antennas that you can position farther from one another, or one with multiple remotes.

For small 3D type flying (close in, constantly changing orientation) they are fine as well.

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Old Jul 31, 2011, 01:08 PM
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Even the little ar6300 with a full power transmitter should be better than 500 feet depending on the construction of the model.
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Old Jul 31, 2011, 02:11 PM
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I do 500ft range tests with my transmitter antenna all the way down with 72mhz.

On the subject of Spektrum, I've never had range problems with 6110 on a 450 helicopter, you would be pretty hard pressed even with carbon fiber chassis to get a signal lockout before you visually lose sight of the helicopter.
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Old Jul 31, 2011, 02:20 PM
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Wow, mega-thanks everyone!

I think I will be using the AR6210 6-Channel DSMX w/satellites in any heli that's c/f &/or larger than 450 size. For all the others, I will use the AR6115e's.

This gives me great confidence that I made a good choice, that 3 more receivers will come in handy and these will be reliable.

I realize there are "Spektrum haters" out there - probably the same could be true for any brand and thanks for pointing that out.

I have usually always been loyal to either Hitec or Futaba but when Horizon Hobby began selling the PNP airplanes and helis, I switched over and "tested" a DX7. So far, I have no regrets, especially when it's time to buy --real-- receivers.

I know some folks love them but unless I was flying an 8 ounce or lighter airplane in a very small area, nowhere near other humans or potential property damage, I would never use a $10 "clone" receiver from China. But, that's just me.
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I do 500ft range tests with my transmitter antenna all the way down with 72mhz.

On the subject of Spektrum, I've never had range problems with 6110 on a 450 helicopter, you would be pretty hard pressed even with carbon fiber chassis to get a signal lockout before you visually lose sight of the helicopter.
whuts a range check?
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Old Jul 31, 2011, 06:23 PM
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whuts a range check?
It's making sure there are no cartridges in the chamber and all magazines on the bench before putting up the targets . . . then looking around to make sure nobody's around . . . but I still don't see how this has any relevance to flying r/c aircraft.
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They are a fantastic receiver. I have one in my old Slow Stick and I can take it up to the limits of vision safely. You do need to position it so the antennas will always have view of your transmitter.

Andy
+1.
I've had 100% results with the AR6100 and AR6110 over several years and I presume the AR6115 will be at least as good. Expected range would be at least 500m (not feet) but it's probably good for 1km.
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Old Jul 31, 2011, 08:42 PM
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Great - thanks Daedalus66!
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It's making sure there are no cartridges in the chamber and all magazines on the bench before putting up the targets . . . then looking around to make sure nobody's around . . . but I still don't see how this has any relevance to flying r/c aircraft.
I guess that's why I get strange looks when I yell "ready on the left ? ready on the right?" before I lunch my model.
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a range check is when you walk away from your model with your transmitter until you loose radio contact. the distance can tell you if it is safe to fly
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Old May 07, 2013, 12:45 PM
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It was a joke. Two years ago.
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Old Jun 16, 2013, 05:49 PM
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How do you guys think this receiver would work in in a 55" EPO plane?
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