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Old Jan 08, 2009, 07:21 AM
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Beginner Radio Question

Hi, I am just starting out in RC. From what i understand the radio is the most expensive part of the kit. Apart from the well known brands(Hitec - Futuba) that are a tad too expensive for me at the moment there was another kit that I had my eyes on. I will most likely be picking up the Multiplex Easystar or the GWS Estarter. The Slow stick is also a possibility but am not very keen on it. I really dont have anyone to approach to learn to fly. Is the GWS DreamStarter II radio any good?


1. GWS 72 Mhz Transmitter Mode 2 : 1 no.
2. GWS 72 Mhz receiver : 1 no.
3. GWS TX and Rx crystals : 1 set.
4. GWS Naro Servos with servo horns : 2 nos
5. ESC GWS ICS 400 J with heat sink : 1 nos
6. GWS 7.2 v 600 mah nicad battery : 1 no.
7. GWS 9.6 V 550 mah transmitter battery : 1 no
8. Charger for Nimh and Nicd battery 230 V : 1 no
9. Instruction Manual for Transmitter pack : 1 no.
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Old Jan 08, 2009, 10:43 AM
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You didn't say how much the listed items would cost. You can get the EasyStar from Ehobbies for about $180.

Check it out.

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Old Jan 08, 2009, 10:56 AM
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Why don't you tell us how much you can afford to spend and with that I am sure we can come up with a list of transmitters for you.
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Old Jan 08, 2009, 11:18 AM
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There are all sorts of directions you could go...

While the GWS system you listed will work and could serve for quite a while:
(Dreamstarter is better than any radio I used the first 15 years I flew RC)

If you stick with the hobby you will almost certainly move to 2.4 ghz. So you may as well start there if you can afford to.

Parkzone's transmitter intended for the Vapor/mCX is a passable 4 ch DSM2 TX, and can bind with the JR/Spektrum 6 ch receivers. Its a bit higher starting cost, but it avoids starting out with a RX that you will most likely be replacing.

Its likely that the Vapor/mCX transmitter will show up used very cheap as people upgrade...

The general trend now is to recommend people start out wtih a DX6i or better transmitter if possible, when buying new equipment.
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Old Jan 08, 2009, 12:00 PM
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I've seen plenty of resonably priced DX6i's on Ebay (in the UK) but the real problem with 2.4Ghz is the RX is still quite expensive too. However it really does make sense to go directly to a 2.4ghz as it will help you save costs in the long run.
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