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Old Oct 21, 2009, 10:23 AM
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Will tower offer EASY Pay for this hitech radio?
3-Pay is available on the 8FG from Tower Hobbies.
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Old Oct 21, 2009, 12:22 PM
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UPS says that my 8FGH should arrive tomorrow. Itís going to be a fun weekend playing with my new toy.



Battery Diode
On all my Futaba transmitters I have had to bypass the diode to charge and test the battery. Does anyone have information on the location of the diode on a 8FG?

I always wondered why they didnít just install a selectable jumper to make it easier for us that like to cycle and test the transmitter battery without removing it.



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Old Oct 21, 2009, 12:52 PM
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UPS says that my 8FGH should arrive tomorrow. Itís going to be a fun weekend playing with my new toy.



Battery Diode
On all my Futaba transmitters I have had to bypass the diode to charge and test the battery. Does anyone have information on the location of the diode on a 8FG?

I always wondered why they didnít just install a selectable jumper to make it easier for us that like to cycle and test the transmitter battery without removing it.



I hope you really enjoy the 8FG, it's really a nice transmitter, very easy to operate and I think it really has a nice feel to it.

Diode-wise, Futaba has not put them in transmitters since the 9Z, so you'll be able to cycle your batteries with no problem.

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Old Oct 21, 2009, 01:01 PM
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Diode-wise, Futaba has not put them in transmitters since the 9Z, so you'll be able to cycle your batteries with no problem.

Steve
Thatís strange since I have a 7C-2.4 and had to bypass the diode.

Thatís good to know that the 8FG does not have a diode. I always like to cycle the battery in a new transmitter and record the capacity for future reference. I log the battery capacity every few months and so far thatís kept me from ever having a transmitter battery failure.

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Old Oct 22, 2009, 03:50 AM
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My 12FG doesnt have a diode, the plug is a different size to every other Futaba TX because its only a 6 cell pack.
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Old Oct 22, 2009, 06:08 AM
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Wow fast shipping. I ordered Tuesday afternoon from Tower, and it's scheduled for delivery today

I will have to report back my thoughts on programming for DLG.

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Old Oct 22, 2009, 06:29 AM
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Wow, I was reading specs on that radio, it even has ball-bearing gimbals.
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Old Oct 22, 2009, 07:39 AM
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Wow fast shipping. I ordered Tuesday afternoon from Tower, and it's scheduled for delivery today

I will have to report back my thoughts on programming for DLG.

Brian P.
Tower Hobbies has always had excellent service.
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Old Oct 22, 2009, 09:39 AM
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The biggest difference between the 12 and 8FG seems to be the lack of "conditions" on the 8FG.
The comparison chart indicates no flight conditions. However, the manual claims there are 5 flight conditions. I'd tend to believe the manual, as it describes how to name them and assign them to switches
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Old Oct 22, 2009, 09:53 AM
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The comparison chart indicates no flight conditions. However, the manual claims there are 5 flight conditions. I'd tend to believe the manual, as it describes how to name them and assign them to switches
Not only that, but if you look at the Futaba description page I linked, the bottom most picture has the actuall display for glider use showing the flight conditions.

http://2.4gigahertz.com/systems/futk8000.html

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Old Oct 22, 2009, 10:57 AM
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the 8FG has conditions in glider and heli, but not in acro.
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Old Oct 22, 2009, 03:54 PM
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I just got my 8FGH and it sure is nice:
1. It balances better in your hand than my 7C-2.4.
2. Sticks are nice and smooth.
3. I sure like the display. It has a back light and zoom timer for eazy in-flight viewing.
4. It has much more helicopter capability than my 9C-72 or 7C-2.4.
5. That 8 channel receiver is sure a lot smaller and lighter than my old receiver. I am installing it in a helicopter that had a 9-channel PCM receiver. Electronic technology has sure come a long ways in the last few years.


Now for the things that could be better:
1. The manual is harder to use than my other Futaba manuals.
2. The charge plug is not standard and I will have to get a new charge harness for my peak charger. If you order this radio be sure and order the correct transmitter charger harness if you use a peak charger.


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Old Oct 22, 2009, 04:31 PM
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Just like the 12FG, you need this charge jack: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXSMF3&P=7

Or you can get one from Radio Shack

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Old Oct 22, 2009, 07:16 PM
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Got my 8FG too.

Out of the box I turned it on and we had power

Turned it off, took the screws out of the back to have a look inside. I fly DLG's and need the momentary switch on the left side like the 9c/10c. After 30 min of desoldering and soldering , I was able to switch switches F and H. I now have a left hand momentary switch and the radio will never know the difference. It just didnít feel right modifying a radio that only had 1 min of use on the global timer, but the result was fine.

Maneuvering through the menus was a little different than my 10c, but I picked up on it fast. For DLG use it is able to do all the settings that my 10c had. This is all the radio I need to compete and am considering selling my 10c.

Brian P.
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Old Oct 22, 2009, 08:03 PM
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Got my 8FG too.

Out of the box I turned it on and we had power

Turned it off, took the screws out of the back to have a look inside. I fly DLG's and need the momentary switch on the left side like the 9c/10c. After 30 min of desoldering and soldering , I was able to switch switches F and H. I now have a left hand momentary switch and the radio will never know the difference. It just didnít feel right modifying a radio that only had 1 min of use on the global timer, but the result was fine.

Maneuvering through the menus was a little different than my 10c, but I picked up on it fast. For DLG use it is able to do all the settings that my 10c had. This is all the radio I need to compete and am considering selling my 10c.

Brian P.

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