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Old Aug 09, 2012, 01:30 PM
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Hm, the wire services just reported one on a Starbuck's counter, right next to an Apple Iphone 5.
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Old Aug 09, 2012, 01:34 PM
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I am in the market for a new transmitter, any recommendations?
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Old Aug 09, 2012, 01:35 PM
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Well, if you are serious, I have 3: Hitec A 9, Spektrum DX 8 and Spektrum DX 18. I have the A 9 and DX 8 and love them!
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Old Aug 09, 2012, 07:52 PM
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Well, if you are serious, I have 3: Hitec A 9, Spektrum DX 8 and Spektrum DX 18. I have the A 9 and DX 8 and love them!
Jim,

These guys are getting delirious !!

Any chance you can give us ANY kind of an update on how things are progressing ??

Much appreciated.....
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Old Aug 09, 2012, 09:41 PM
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This thread is going on for three and a half months now and there is no progress we can see.

Yes and no. Ė Yes, I am serious that I need a new transmitter. No, I donít actually need recommendations, I know all the options available to me. I will NEVER buy Spektrum in any of its forms. The A9 looks like to be what I will buy if this XPS is not available soon and one cannot hold on forever. The Hitec receivers are not as expensive as Futaba, JR or others available and the people using them are all pleased with it. I will still lurk for a while and then must make a decision like many others who moved on in the meantime. It cannot continue like this.

I am sure that if they check on the list of 3000(?) they will find that most of them are not interested anymore.

Signing off.
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Old Aug 09, 2012, 09:57 PM
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A9 is a fine radio and I highly recommend it.I have a dx6i for planes i dont fear losing=smallies.
I do like my xps module in my A9 and the nanos are a hoot.The stuff you can do with the little xps programmer is neato too.. But nothing wrong with hitecs guidance either..
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Old Aug 09, 2012, 11:19 PM
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I am sure even if all 3000 of us drop off the "list", they will sell out very shortly anyway once the word gets out....

I will bet a working used Hitec Electron 6 receiver that they will be shipping before Christmas 2012...Any takers!

SpadCat

PS you just pay the shipping to anywhere continental USA.

PSS as long as this is legal and ok with Jim Drew otherwise, all bets are off
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 03:37 AM
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Well if we wait long enough, we won't need a tx at all. Just use the i-phone. Oh, wait - that's already here!

Seriously, how long before the clunky TX becomes a relic of the past. Not long I say. Touchscreen for the sticks with voice command for the switches. Zero learning curve for you Neanderthal goofballs who fly with thumbs. We'll still need RXs in current form though. Jim, pls focus on those - they're more useful.
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 10:03 AM
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Hello Jim......knock knock........are you in there......there's customers in the shop.
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 11:01 AM
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No progress to report on the transmitter. I will likely not report anything until it is finished and ready to ship. I will say that we are finally building home automation products using the DivBee module, so we will have an ample supply for the R/C side of our business.
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 11:31 AM
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Jim, do you need any beta testers? I would gladly pay for the beta hardware, sign an NDA, etc. I tested new hardware/software in the telecom business for years. I'd love to test something for pleasure, not work.

I'm sure you have plenty of people begging to test for you. I guess this is just wishing out loud.

Roger
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Old Aug 11, 2012, 05:29 AM
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Jim, do you need any beta testers? I would gladly pay for the beta hardware, sign an NDA, etc. I tested new hardware/software in the telecom business for years. I'd love to test something for pleasure, not work.

I'm sure you have plenty of people begging to test for you. I guess this is just wishing out loud.

Roger
Jim has stated in the past that he does not use beta testers. All testing is done "in house"....
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Old Aug 11, 2012, 12:22 PM
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Am I wrong or is the RC side of the business enjoying a slow lingering death right now?? Im beginnig to wonder why XPS is still on RCgroups at all at this point. Its becoming obvious us RC modelers were only a step stone into more lucrative markets for XPS.
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Old Aug 11, 2012, 12:36 PM
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You think XPS is the only company that is not strictly marketing to the RC Industry? Check out Futaba for one - I know they market radio control for cranes among other things. The RC industry is comparatively small compared to most.

Jim has never made any secret that he has outside buisness interests, We should be happy that he is an RCer as well and is trying to fill a niche in the market.
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Old Aug 11, 2012, 09:47 PM
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Jim, I have to say that I don't get this position of "no info until it's released" at this very late stage of the game. OK when it is early on and you have no idea what the timeline might be so any ETA would just be BS. Here, given product is 90% complete and you state you have FCC approval, I don't understand why you cannot at least provide a 90 day window...unless things are really not going well and there is no release date in sight (which I am beginning to suspect). Same and more so for the RX's - I really have to wonder what the 11th hour hold up really is. The refusal to communicate any sort of ETA at this point is a little wierd. It's not as if your customers will refuse to buy your product because you missed a dealine by 60 days or laud you for not telling us today that nothing is in fact forthcoming for another year. More concerning, you have no product to sell and many of your faithful customers, me included, are beginning to get concerned here. Please understand that your customers' perception of a refusal to provide information is that this is disrespectful and/or that we are being taken for granted. And nothing will lose a company customers faster than that.

I have bigger birds that need more channels and battery telemetry, so I cannot continue subsisting on nanos. I need a more comprehensive solution. Once I change over to another radio system, it ALL gets swapped out, so you lose me as a customer for good. I don't fly multiple radios. I did this with Hitec when I had radio problems. The whole kit & kaboodle got dumped except the radio, and only because you had a module for it. Hitec will never have me as a customer again. Next stop will be Futaba.

Finally, I understand that you have various business interests, but if you have chosen to be in one, you should be in all the way. Again, the impression given here is that this is a side hobby. That again does not play well with customers, and it will never work in an industry where you have a lot of competitors out there who are good at offering medium performance, but they sure do demonstrate product commitment. You will lose customers to these people unless the same can be demonstrated.

All given with respect, of course.-Marc
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