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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:43 PM
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Getting back into RC planes after 15 years

New here, love the look and feel of this forum and the fact that its on tapatalk. Anyway I stopped flying in the late 90s, still have all my RC stuff from back then and I want to get back into the hobby. I'm going to get new aircraft as I only have a trainer and Stik left and both are pretty shot. Engines and radios are good though, I've got:

-1 OS .40 2 stroke
-2 OS .46 2 strokes
-1 OS 1.20 Surpass 4 stroke
-2 Futaba 4 Channel Skysport FM radios
-1 Futaba 6 Channel FM radio
-All sorts of misc supplies/props/starter/fuel pump/lines/wheels etc...

I'm going to buy an Avistar II ARF since I already have all the other stuff and don't need a RTF, however I am wondering if I should just dump the FM radios and pick up a 2.4GHZ setup. I literally had no idea these even existed until I started looking into getting back into the hobby recently and it really is about time we didn't have to fight over signal tags or worry about some idiot turning on a transmitter with the same frequency. I've always been a fan of Futaba but do I really need a FAAST system or am I fine going with a Hitec Optic 6 with 2 receivers for $200 on Tower or do I just stick with the FMs I have? I'm going to need all new battery packs for the FMs which will cost probably at least $120 for all 3 radios so...

Also going to be going to a local club meeting tomorrow night and hopefully I'll be up and flying in a few weeks. I was a pretty good pilot back in the day so hopefully it comes back pretty fast. Definitely looking forward to looking around all over this forum, lots of great info and links to stuff that might be a little hard to find using Google.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 05:11 PM
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hey welcome back! I too have strayed from the path a few times!

theres nothing wrong with your FM, the 6 channel anyway! I still fly my ol futaba stuff! I also fly with FLYSKY from hobbypartz, I use both there 6 and 9 channel with great success.

one thing about the ol FM stuff is with everyone else, going 2.4. the frequencies tend to be open!

getting new batts is a must! and you should have no problem getting back on the sticks, just take it easy the first flight or so!
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 06:30 PM
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Yeah I am thinking that the old 72mhz frequencies will all be open. I have to see if that local club around here has outlawed them or not before I do make any final decision. Also how much batteries will cost etc... If I didn't already have the stuff no way in hell I would stay 72mhz. If my local club allows it I might just toss the 6 ch Futaba into the Avistar when I get it and then make that my backup plane later when I've got one 2.4ghz transmitter controlling a bunch of other receivers. One transmitter goes out and the fleet is grounded. That kind of sucks...
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 11:43 PM
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Hello and welcome back. I am interested in the -2 OS .46 2 strokes, & your misc supplies/props/starter/fuel pump/lines/wheels etc...
ESP if you have extra engine screws (OS especially).
Send a pic/stats and your prices.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 12:30 AM
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Well the nice thing about all the fancy new 2.4ghz is that all the frequency tags are always avalible. I see it as an advantage. If you have the money I would get the 2.4ghz, but it is definataly not needed. The reason I haven't switched yet is I am already setup for all my planes. If I were to buy a new radio, not a big deal, but to buy 6 new receivers at 50-60 bucks a pop, it adds up quick. My little old 72mhz works great for me. Welcome back, I hope you catch on again real quick. I bet you will, most guys that come back do.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 04:32 PM
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Hello and welcome back. I am interested in the -2 OS .46 2 strokes, & your misc supplies/props/starter/fuel pump/lines/wheels etc...
ESP if you have extra engine screws (OS especially).
Send a pic/stats and your prices.
Paypal ready!
Uh, this isn't the classifieds I was just listing what I still have in case someone came in and said "those are bad now because XYZ". I will not be selling anything because I have enough stuff to buy 3 aircraft and run them all without needing to buy anything else literally except new batteries for the radios.

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Well the nice thing about all the fancy new 2.4ghz is that all the frequency tags are always avalible. I see it as an advantage. If you have the money I would get the 2.4ghz, but it is definataly not needed. The reason I haven't switched yet is I am already setup for all my planes. If I were to buy a new radio, not a big deal, but to buy 6 new receivers at 50-60 bucks a pop, it adds up quick. My little old 72mhz works great for me. Welcome back, I hope you catch on again real quick. I bet you will, most guys that come back do.
Yeah I do have the money to get it... but just looking at all the stuff I found there is literally nothing wrong with any of my 72mhz stuff, the batteries are even holding charges over hours but I don't trust them being over 12 years old... This leads me to my other line of thinking though... New transmitter battery is $30 and new receiver battery is $20 plus whatever shipping is. To get all my radios up and running that is $150 which isn't much less than an Airtronics 8 channel setup or a Hitec 6 channel setup with 2 receivers. Yeah I still have to buy batteries for the receivers but you see where I am going with this obviously. Then again, I'll have 3 radio systems good to go for $150... They're all Futabas and I never once had an issue with interference or anything using them.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 07:37 PM
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Personally, don't sweat the batteries that are working. Cycle them a couple of times and if they work, they work. I had a radio sitting for over 10 years and the battery holds a great charge and works great (Futaba Conquest), and also just picked up another as a package that holds as good a charge as mine and has also not been used in quite some time. Receiver batteries hold a great charge too! The newer Skysport that came with the package was done!

Just my $.02
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 07:58 PM
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I agree with NEW. I would get new reciever batterys, but the TX battery, as long as it is holding a charge, will be fine.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 11:18 PM
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Well after cycling it a few times it isn't holding as great as I'd hoped. This is a Skysport 6A radio bought in 1995, the battery is pushing 20 years old so I ordered a new one. Ordered new RX /TX batteries, an Avistar Elite, new glow igniter, new 12v battery some other misc stuff...

Went to the meeting tonight at my local club and everyone was really friendly, they are not banning 72mhz anytime soon, the Vice President of the club says he still uses AM for a few old aircraft lol. I need a receiver battery for any new radio I get nowadays so that's a wash and $37 to get my old 6 channel that never gave me any issues back up and running... too hard to justify even spending $90 on a basic Hitec 5 channel. I'll get a nice 8 channel 2.4ghz for my first omg expensive big aircraft and then convert over everything else slowly.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 11:24 AM
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sounds like your on the right road Scotty!

you will be enjoying some quality airtime in no time!

thats pretty much how I did it, upgraded my old futaba stuff enough to get back in the air, then slowly start upgrading ta newer and "better" haha stuff, ok it's newer!

let us know how it goes!
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 08:45 PM
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sounds like your on the right road Scotty!

you will be enjoying some quality airtime in no time!

thats pretty much how I did it, upgraded my old futaba stuff enough to get back in the air, then slowly start upgrading ta newer and "better" haha stuff, ok it's newer!

let us know how it goes!
Yeah im trying. Have not even had my first flight back yet and im already having to stop myself buying what i always wanted as a teenager, a multi engine warbird. That ESM B-25 is looking VERY good to me right now but ill try to hold off until i get good at flying again.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:31 PM
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yes I have a student, that went and bought himself a corsiar, before he ever solo'd
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 12:06 PM
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I came back to RC after about 15 years also. I was surprised how quickly my thumbs came back to me for general flying around. I would have the occasional whoopsie with wrong aileron input on turn to final. It just took some concentration to take care of that problem. I restarted with a Hangar 9 Cap 232. Maybe not the best choice but it worked for me. I guess I did fly a club members low wing sportish kind of plane for about a half of tank of fuel first.

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Old Jan 25, 2013, 08:43 AM
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+1 so far... and there may still be hope for your 'old' 72Mhz Futaba system...
if it's modular, (has the tx crystal in a removable plug in module on the back of the tx)
you can get a 2.4 ghz module and move forward
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXBHZT&P=7
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 09:42 AM
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I am confused by those modules, can someone enlighten those of us who don't know much about radios?
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