HobbyKing.com New Products Flash Sale
Reply
Thread Tools
Old Jul 05, 2007, 04:08 AM
Team30 Micro EDF
NitroCharged's Avatar
Adelaide, Australia
Joined Apr 2004
11,254 Posts
Cool
Spektrum AR6100 strip down

OK - I took the plunge and stripped everything not essential to keep the AR6100 still operating and got the weight down to a respectable 1.4 grams!

I replaced the bipole antenna setup with a single 30mm antenna as the board is setup to act as a ground plane anyway. I am lightening this for indoors use not outdoors but I will range check it outside to see exactly how far I can get after stripping it like this. It is easy to see how the AR6300 weighs 2 grams now.


NitroCharged is offline Find More Posts by NitroCharged
Reply With Quote
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Old Jul 05, 2007, 05:25 AM
Micro Jet Pilot
Chris T's Avatar
Joined Jul 2005
2,091 Posts
Nitro, you could even cut away part of the board, where the connectors were. If you are only using three channels, you only need five of the pin holes. How is the backside of the board? is there any circuitry?

Chris

P.S.: THat'S the 6100? I thought for a second it is the new 6300. Are they using the same board or might the 6300 end up even lighter?
Chris T is offline Find More Posts by Chris T
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 05, 2007, 09:37 AM
Team30 Micro EDF
NitroCharged's Avatar
Adelaide, Australia
Joined Apr 2004
11,254 Posts
Yes, the board end where the connectors are can be sliced off without a problem. It has double sided traces, but one side has just negative and the other a positive rail. There are 2 feed thru eyelets for the signals of ch4 and ch6. The signal cct traces are inboard and can be accessed no probs. It may bring the weight down to ~1g.

It's the 6100 alright

My guess is it's basically the same board, but the connector end has been redesigned for micro jst sockets.

Each AR6100 I have weighed has been the same weight of 3.83g - not 3.5g.
NitroCharged is offline Find More Posts by NitroCharged
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 05, 2007, 11:11 AM
Micro Jet Pilot
Chris T's Avatar
Joined Jul 2005
2,091 Posts
Yeah 1g! Now we only need a legal way of using a dx-7 in Germany

The 2.4GHz is supposed to be redistributed within the next two weeks here. All companies are going to ship again. It's a big secret what they did, but I am hoping they worked out a change in the regulations together. Why else would different companies ship simultaneously?

Chris
Chris T is offline Find More Posts by Chris T
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 05, 2007, 06:46 PM
Team30 Micro EDF
NitroCharged's Avatar
Adelaide, Australia
Joined Apr 2004
11,254 Posts
Sweet!

I hope it goes well in Germany as this seems a great rxer for our needs. A 6ch 2.4ghz Rx weighing 1.4g and less - and at such a good price compared to any of the Mhz rxer gear of a comparable spec - that doesn't glitch. Plus the use of a comp Tx with all the features like expo, dual rates etc etc. without having gadgets hanging off it.
NitroCharged is offline Find More Posts by NitroCharged
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 05, 2007, 06:58 PM
Stuck on a rock
epilot's Avatar
Germany, NDS, WOB
Joined Nov 2000
5,953 Posts
I was almost interested until I saw the retail price of the DX7 transmitter here in the UK. I wonder if they will come out with a budget TX later on?

Michael
epilot is offline Find More Posts by epilot
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 05, 2007, 07:39 PM
Team30 Micro EDF
NitroCharged's Avatar
Adelaide, Australia
Joined Apr 2004
11,254 Posts
Here they are 570AUD odd dollars complete and they don't sell seperately - I bought mine from the US for 269US which came with an AR6100 and txer. By the time both bits landed here it cost me 365AUD. 6100's cost 100AUD here. Perhaps sourcing O/S might be the solution Michael?
NitroCharged is offline Find More Posts by NitroCharged
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 05, 2007, 07:47 PM
Team30 Micro EDF
NitroCharged's Avatar
Adelaide, Australia
Joined Apr 2004
11,254 Posts
Don't foget the 2.4g Blade heli Txer will work with the 6100 and thats cheap as.
NitroCharged is offline Find More Posts by NitroCharged
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 05, 2007, 07:59 PM
Stuck on a rock
epilot's Avatar
Germany, NDS, WOB
Joined Nov 2000
5,953 Posts
Can you buy just the transmitter?
epilot is offline Find More Posts by epilot
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 05, 2007, 08:32 PM
Team30 Micro EDF
NitroCharged's Avatar
Adelaide, Australia
Joined Apr 2004
11,254 Posts
Sourcing the txer as we speak
NitroCharged is offline Find More Posts by NitroCharged
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 05, 2007, 08:53 PM
Team30 Micro EDF
NitroCharged's Avatar
Adelaide, Australia
Joined Apr 2004
11,254 Posts
OK - I stopped looking the moment I found an online store that sells just the transmitter so it may be cheaper elsewhere but this seems pretty cheap to me.

http://secure.hobbyzone.com/catalog/.../EFLH1055.html

The range won't be near as good but for indoors not a problem.....

I'll try and see what the reseller list price is for these from the local importer.
NitroCharged is offline Find More Posts by NitroCharged
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 06, 2007, 12:25 AM
1 paycheck away from homeless
ghostmechanic's Avatar
United States, KS
Joined Mar 2006
4,574 Posts
Do you guys not ever go to the FS forums? You are missing some great deals & new friends. Yes there is still a risk. But, you learn how to judge who to trust. Scammers don't last long on RCG. Here's a link to a FS thread asking the same question with links to get the DX7. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=708917
From what I understand, if you did get the whole set up, you can recoup some of the cost by reselling the servos or whatever you don't want. The servos & such seem to be very popular with other crowds. I know when I have seen this done, they don't seem to stay up for sale very long. Anyway, I hope that helps some.
ghostmechanic is offline Find More Posts by ghostmechanic
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 06, 2007, 02:30 PM
Build 2 Bounce!
Birmingham, UK
Joined Jul 2006
1,660 Posts
NitroCharged, i'm very impressed, it looks like micro rc is getting more affordable by the day

Epilot, I've just imported 2 DX7's (full systems minus servos and AR7000) and 8 AR6100's from www.thebarnfloor.com . Total cost 400 + 70 customs charges on delivery. They even sourced Mode1 tx's for me which were special order items. If you contact Chris (the owner) he'll probably give you a good price for a tx only.
firetrappe is offline Find More Posts by firetrappe
RCG Plus Member
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 07, 2007, 08:16 PM
Registered User
Bethpage Grumman, New York, United States
Joined Nov 2002
2,145 Posts
I picked up a DX-7 with the AR-6100 for $219.00 on Ebay, I also got two more 6100's for $47.00 each from the same guy.

Mike
mike glass is offline Find More Posts by mike glass
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 08, 2007, 01:00 PM
Registered User
Germany
Joined Jul 2006
371 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by NitroCharged
Don't foget the 2.4g Blade heli Txer will work with the 6100 and thats cheap as.
Would you think that the 2.4 Ghz Blade CX Tx can be mated with with the new Kyosho Cessner 210 m minimum Rx unit?

Thks and rgds
Jaguar 20040 is offline Find More Posts by Jaguar 20040
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Discussion Spektrum AR6100 Rx versus AR6000 CTB Electric Plane Talk 41 Mar 22, 2008 01:21 PM
Wanted Spektrum AR6100 RXs ShokWaveRider Aircraft - General - Radio Equipment (FS/W) 7 Feb 01, 2007 01:06 PM
Help! Problems with Spektrum AR6100, I think xorbe Electric Plane Talk 4 Jan 10, 2007 09:18 AM
Help! Spektrum AR6100 issue or noisy ESC? xorbe Radios 6 Jan 09, 2007 08:53 PM
Discussion Spektrum AR6100 justs arrived at LHS trw43 Radios 3 Dec 23, 2006 02:27 PM