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Old Apr 29, 2002, 09:53 AM
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Hitec feather reciver

I have build my self a Terminator HLG and I need a new reciver to put in it. I have been in contact with my local hobby store and they did NOT recomend me to use the Hitec feather reciver, since it's operating distance was only 100-200 meters. Is this correct? If it is correct, is it enough? Do you have any other recomendations for a reciver to put inside my HLG.

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Andre
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Old Apr 29, 2002, 11:51 AM
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I think Hitec rate it up to 500ft which is about what you say. However, these ratings are extremely conservative and you should easily get a lot more in a glider where there is no motor interference to contend with. For a hand launch glider I think you should be OK.
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Old Apr 29, 2002, 01:09 PM
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It sounds like you are 99% sure, but the last 1% what kind of receiver would you go for then. Just so I have an option.

Thanks again
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Old Apr 29, 2002, 01:13 PM
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Use a Hitec 555, remove the case and shrinkwrap some battery pack wrap around it. It fits great, weighs next nothing and there won't be a range problem. We had a guy in the club try one out for a while... he sent it back... not enough range.

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Old Apr 29, 2002, 01:52 PM
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I wouldn't recommend the Feather in a glider. I use the feather in my park flyers which are flown well within the 600ft range. But for my gliders, I'd go with the 555 since quite often they will reach 1000 ft ranges and more if chasing thermals. I wouldn't want to chance it with a glider - kinda hard to bring them back when you're out of range.

I just picked up a Dymond Micro 4 channel which is almost the same size as the Feather but with a 1500 ft range. I haven't had a chance to try it out as yet but which will enventually go into a 1.5M HLG.
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Old Apr 29, 2002, 02:00 PM
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I would agree with the other comments. There are several small, (alomost) full range receivers out there. Have a look at the Multiplex Pico and the Ceto range.
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Old Apr 29, 2002, 05:42 PM
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My experience of the Feather indoors was bad - glitches at 60 ft range! I would go with some of the other options suggested.

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Old Apr 30, 2002, 02:17 AM
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thanks

Thank you guys for all the replys.

It sounds like I will go for a 555 and then shrink wrap it. In this case I also have the oppertunity to use it in another plane later.

(I will check out Multiplex Pico and the Ceto range)

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Old May 03, 2002, 11:04 PM
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GWS

Check out the GWS R-6N/H
I'm using them on my Elster 1.5 and FMA Razor.
I fly where there are microwave dish antennas (plus UHF com, cell and pager transmitters) so I use metal foil around the cover.
They work very well and don't cost a lot.
I've never had RFI from other RC pilots/Tx channels.
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Old May 05, 2002, 01:24 AM
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Take a look at the FMA Extreme 5 Sub Micro Receiver, great range and more compact than a 555

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Old May 05, 2002, 10:07 AM
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I like my Extreme 5 better than the 555. It does not move the servos around during loss-of-signal.
If you forget and turn off your transmitter 1st, the servos just sit there.
The 555 will start buzzing around (due to noise)..
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