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Old Nov 08, 2005, 09:40 PM
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What is the best receiver money can buy?

I have a really expensive project coming up (flying a Nikon D70 is the cheap part!) and I was wondering what the best receiver money can buy is. I've always flown JR, but it might be time to branch out considering the new Berg "glich-free" receivers...

At minimum I need:
PCM
Dual Conversion
Minimum 6 channels
FM 72MHz
JR shift
As reliable RF as possible
As reliable electronics as possible

Surely someone can sell me two receivers :-)

Thanks for the input!
Dan
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Old Nov 08, 2005, 10:12 PM
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FMA-Direct's full rang Rx's. The M5 series, without doubt, my favorite micro Rx so far
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Old Nov 08, 2005, 10:16 PM
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Oh, I should clarify, no weight limit on the receiver.

...

Okay a 10 pound receiver is too heavy!



I'll check out the M5, thanks theKM.

Dan
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Old Nov 09, 2005, 11:22 AM
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I would go with the Electron 6.

http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXCXM9&P=ML


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Old Nov 09, 2005, 11:45 AM
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PCM is proprietary to each manufacturer. So if you have a JR transmitter, the only PCM which will work is from JR.
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Old Nov 09, 2005, 11:56 AM
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I second the Electron 6, if you're going with PPM, but I hear the FMA M5v2 is excellent, and JR has a new 6-channel single conversion ultra light receiver that's supposed to be great as well.

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Old Nov 09, 2005, 12:17 PM
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I have been very happy with my Berg RX's. Flown in enviroments that shot other's down. Did a test a month or so ago that was interesting. Another pilot showed up at the field with my frequency. He agreed to help ground test out the DSP feature of the Berg. I turned on my Xmtr then my receiver in the plane. He then turned on his Xmtr on the same frequency. Nothing happened. I still had full control and he had no control over my plane. I sold my other receivers and bought more Bergs.

By the way, Bergs are single conversion and I understand that JR's are to.

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Old Nov 09, 2005, 12:56 PM
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How about a Futaba PCM Receiver?

If a standard Futaba 7-channel Receiver works very well even on noisy environments, the PCM versions can do even bether.
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Old Nov 09, 2005, 02:39 PM
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How about a Futaba PCM Receiver?

If a standard Futaba 7-channel Receiver works very well even on noisy environments, the PCM versions can do even bether.
Not with a JR transmitter!

Even if using PPM, the shift would be wrong, and as thunder1 pointed out PCM only works with the same make Tx and Rx.

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Old Nov 09, 2005, 02:54 PM
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BERG!!! But then again they are not dual conversion...
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Old Nov 09, 2005, 03:12 PM
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Not with a JR transmitter!

Even if using PPM, the shift would be wrong, and as thunder1 pointed out PCM only works with the same make Tx and Rx.

-a.

If he wants PCM, he will need to buy a new transmitter anyway...

I am not telling Futaba is better then JR, but the Futaba PCM radios are excelent and they make PCM receivers for a long time, so it will be easier to buy additional PCM receivers if needed.

If weight is not a trouble, a standard dual conversion PCM receiver will weight about 2oz and have a range of 1 mile, enough for most aerial photographs (if he wants to put a Canon D60 to fly, probably is to take pictures, so 1 mile is enough).

If the goal is to take some really good aerial photos, I suggest to use a video link and an adittional transmitter, controled by a co-pilot (photographer). The second receiver can be linked to a tilt-span base and zoom, to allow aiming the camera and setting the zoom. I think it is better to the pilot to keep the airplane steady and the photograph to control the camera, telling to the pilot what he wants to do.
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Old Nov 09, 2005, 03:38 PM
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Dan has pretty much selected the Rx he wants in advance. If he's determined it must be PCM and dual conversion and work with a JR Tx and that price and weight don't matter there's no point choosing anything other than JR's top-end Rx the R945S or even the R2000S if you want a synthesised Rx.

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Old Nov 09, 2005, 03:45 PM
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Futaba would argue that it is this one...at $339
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXJKR2&P=ML
2048 bits of resolution and 14 channels.

Of course you will need the new TX to go with it...
Good think it's only 2.2 grand....

Mike
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Old Nov 09, 2005, 03:59 PM
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Forget the Futaba crap. JR's Dual convserion S-PCM 10 channel RX is th best money can buy. PCM is proprietary so you will have to buy a JR. I think they are the best any way. This thread can become a peeing contest very fast. Since you like JR, but the PCM 10 and you will love it. A hitec electron 6 is apiece of crap. I have had them in a T-Rex and it glitched like crazy at times. JR's PCM RX will range check father than any Futaba out there and Hitec as well with maybe the exception of the 14MZ and its special RX. Hitec's bigger Supreme 8 is a nice RX, but their smaller is not so good at filtering out interference.

Norman Ross Jr.
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Old Nov 09, 2005, 04:01 PM
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A hitec electron 6 is apiece of crap
Funny that is the most reliable PPM receiver I use.

Norman - How much time do you have with the 14mz? I sure liked the one I played with!

Mike
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