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Old Mar 05, 2014, 12:46 AM
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buying a 2.4 for the first time......need advice

Hello, I want to purchase a new radio but I'm so confused and torn between prices and one radio doing this and the other this. Trying to keep my cost below $150.00. Also trying to find a radio that has affordable and compatible receivers. Finally my boy will try his hand at flying in the next year I would like a radio that I can connect a trainer cable to so I can train him. I have read alot of threads on here but they seem a little out dated, hoping to gain some insight on these new radio systems. Any advice will help. Thanks in advance.
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Old Mar 05, 2014, 05:36 AM
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Your best option if available to you would be to vist LHS (LocalHobbyShop) and see what they have to offer AND/OR vist local Flying Clubs or flying spot to speak to the local flyers. They along with LHS staff would be in a better position to provide you with help after you made you purchase if you should need some.

The best radio for you is one that fits right in you hands and you enjoy using. Nothing worst then having a radio you have a hard time navigating the menus and programming.

Tip: When buying a new radio it's NOT always about the channel count, it's mainly about the programming and what it has to offer you today and tomorrow. For most of us this hobby is very addictive and for some they quickly out grow their radios because they didn't buy the right one to start with.

If your price point was a little higher I would of recommended you have a look at this radio that will be coming out.
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Old Mar 05, 2014, 07:52 AM
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Don't forget that if you want to train your son you will need TWO radios of the same make. (It is possible to use different makes bu I am not going into that.)
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Old Mar 06, 2014, 07:16 AM
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I've been flying RC for 16yrs. I took a break for a couple of years & now find myself in a similar place as you.
I've flown 72mHz radios since I got my wings. When getting back to the flying field, I was amazed at the amount of radios that didn't have a 15' (exaggeration) antenna sticking out if it.
So, shopping I go.
I too found it overwhelming w/ the amount of numbers & letters attached to the names of radios.
I've spent a couple of months with my club buddies, looking at their radios and asking a ton of questions.
I've also spent every waking hour sifting through this site & it's endless pages of Tx & Rx talk.
It makes my brain hurt.

After many many hours though, I settled on a radio & will receive my Spektrum DX7s today.
Now the research has begun for receivers, batteries, & chargers to get the old airplanes flight worthy.

All this to say, hang in there. Your not alone.
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Old Apr 15, 2014, 03:59 PM
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Trying to make the same decision after having collected a bunch of Tx buying RTF units. Settled on the DX6i, not convinced that I should be having buyers remorse. Seems the other most popular camp are buying Devo Tx, lot of buzz lately about the Devo 10. Would have been a lot less expensive than the Spectrum Tx
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Old Apr 15, 2014, 04:20 PM
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After many many hours though, I settled on a radio & will receive my Spektrum DX7s today.
Now the research has begun for receivers, batteries, & chargers to get the old airplanes flight worthy.

All this to say, hang in there. Your not alone.
Do yourself a favor
if you elect to still use old batteries -- Stop-
the 2.4 systems are computers and will quit if voltages sag
Battery suppliers such as NO BS Batteries and Cheap Battery packs have lot of good info and batteries which should be be considered.
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Old Apr 16, 2014, 04:08 AM
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Depending on the vehicle you're flying/running.
If you're running a car, 3 CH is enough,
for a helicopter, maybe you need 6 CH,
For a multicopter, maybe you need 9CH or more channels.
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Old Apr 16, 2014, 05:44 AM
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Don't forget that if you want to train your son you will need TWO radios of the same make. (It is possible to use different makes bu I am not going into that.)
Doesn't have to be same make but there are compatibility issues. Do you have old equipment that can be used as a buddy box?
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