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Old May 08, 2010, 02:00 AM
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Best Sailplane Radio

Dear Forum,
I am getting back in the hobby, and need to get up to speed on radios again. What is considered the preferred sailplane radio now? Ease of programmability, flexibility for all types of planes, price, and performance?
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Old May 08, 2010, 06:29 AM
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Everyone has their brand preference and most of the high end radios will do the job well.

My preference is the SD10-G

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Old May 08, 2010, 06:30 AM
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They all are the best!

Hello Mike
They all are the best! All brand have their supporters.
Most of the toprange radio from every manufacturer is good enough.
I prefer Multiplex Royal Pro with M-Link 2,4 GHz.

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Old May 08, 2010, 09:59 AM
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I own a 12x and like it a lot. More than enough functionality to do anything I want and JR's customer service is second to none!

The Airtronics SD10-G is getting very high marks on RCG and from two very experienced friends who have one. When I came back into soaring a little over a year ago, this radio was not available. Had it been I might be flying Airtronics not JR.

And do not forget about the JR 9503, another possibility.
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Old May 08, 2010, 10:24 AM
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What about the really cheap radios from Hobby King and Hobby Partz?

I got an $11.00 HobbyWing ESC from Hobby Partz that seems to do the job...what about their other electronics?
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Old May 08, 2010, 11:03 AM
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Try the Spektrum DX6i radio. It can hold ten planes/gliders/helicopters or whatever you want to fly. There pretty cheap for how good they are, you can find them new at the cheapest price of about $150.


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Old May 08, 2010, 11:58 AM
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I just picked up a Futaba 12 FG and so far like it a lot. Plus, I can use it on 72 mhz and 2.4. Remember if you buy used you can get a better radio for less. The 12 FG is about $1000. No way I would pay that. In fact mine looks like new, had a spare battery and I paid about half that.
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Old May 08, 2010, 12:53 PM
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The new JR11X has improved sailplane programming, might be something to consider. Not yet generally available, though.
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Old May 08, 2010, 01:00 PM
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In my humble opinion, it totally depends on what features you'd be looking for, I haven't had any of the newer radios, I use an old T9CAP from Futaba, not the easiest to program but it gets er done... There are some things to consider when you're picking your next radio besides the price, features such as EPA's, V-Tail Mixes, butterfly or Crow, Full span camber, Aileron diff, the list goes on... I would suggest perhaps checking to see what features you'd be flying on your ultimate sailplane and gear yourself to a radio that is the cheapest with all the features... don't skimp on the big names though, they have years of experience in this market and I wouldn't trust just any brand to keep my sailplanes flying... like Steve said, if you buy used, you could get a REALLY nice radio for cheap, I originally bought my T9CAP from ebay, came with a Spectra module (yah uh oh) for about 120$ used...
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Old May 08, 2010, 03:56 PM
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Airtronics SD-10G, Hitec Aurora 9, Futaba 8FG or 12FG.

'Nuff said...
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Old May 08, 2010, 04:11 PM
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"...just picked up a Futaba 12 FG..."
A really wonderful radio. Capable of so many things: just as one example, if you use aileron-rudder coupling but want it to turn off automatically when you touch the rudder stick, no problem. Back up your programs? Sure, right to the SD card in the radio, no computer needed. Eight flight modes, all functions assignable to any switch or lever, every switch has 3 positions, and so on and on. Sometimes Tower has coupons that bring the price down too.
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Old May 08, 2010, 09:30 PM
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I use the trusty Cockpit sx- a great 'sports' radio and simple to use. Fly my 3.65m Shadow etc., no worries, only thing missing is multi-point flap curve. A cheap 'sailplane' radio!
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Old May 09, 2010, 02:36 PM
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Old May 09, 2010, 02:45 PM
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Aurora 9. If you buy the spectra module for it, it will do 72 mhz, both positive and negative shift and also PCM with hitec PCM receivers. 2.4 GHZ is rock solid using hitec's frequency hopping. I flew my Tsunami F3J on it perfectly when my 9303 with a Ar7000 rx would not in it. It has telemetry...meaning the radio will tell you what your RX voltage is. That would have kept me from crashing my moldie two years ago. Say good bye to all those battery indicator led's! Plus, it has a bunch of flight modes and you can change what any channel controls and also what the input is for that control. Plus, the radio costs less than any other the others mentioned. And better yet, the sailplane receivers are cheaper than the other brands. I am setting up my 3.5m xplorer with a 9 channel receiver right now!
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Old May 09, 2010, 11:30 PM
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I do not know if he still does but Skip Miller had the SG on sale for around 349.00. A great price on a radio that will do everything you need. If you want to go the cheap route I would look for Stylus that people are getting rid of to get the SG. You can prob get one with mem card and glider card for under 175 or so.

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