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Dec 28, 2011, 11:06 PM
The Young Man
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Best 2.4 radio for the money?

Multiple model TX w/an RX to get started in a park flyer.

I want multi modle TX because I got my MCX2 and I want to put a park flyer on there and have room for some more park flyers in the future!

I am a Futaba fan for years but I have owned JR and Hitec with no problems!

so what do you all think?

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Dec 28, 2011, 11:30 PM
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Spektrum DX6i. 10 model memory and it will bind with your MCX2 along with many other Parkzone and E-Flite bind 'n fly models.

Dec 28, 2011, 11:45 PM
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Hitec A9, 30 model memory and a touch screen. I have been using it all year and it is the best radio I have ever owned.
Dec 29, 2011, 11:06 AM
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Agreed with Freddy. There are a lot of DX6i's at our field, including one I own. I only replaced it because I dropped it. (still works! It was a good excuse to get the DX7)

Because you want to bind your MCX2 that limits you to either JR or Spectrum. And for the money, Spectrum will do you fine.
Dec 29, 2011, 11:17 AM
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Dx6i - will also work with you MCX2, though no room for modules. Great TX though - have used one for the last 18 months without incident.
Dec 29, 2011, 12:22 PM
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Airtronics rds8000. 10 model memory. Had dx6i and found to many glitches and poor quality internal wiring. Not a problem with Airtronics.
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Dec 29, 2011, 12:31 PM
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Rob, think you mean the Airtronics RDS 8000, lol.

One of the good things about Spektrum gear is that you can use the Orange RXs for $10, buy a bag full and throw them in any foamy- i have used them for a few years now and have not had a failure yet (though obviously these are those who despise them and will say as soon as you get your plane airborne with and Orange RX it will immediately burst into flames )
Dec 29, 2011, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by 3Daddict
Hitec A9, 30 model memory and a touch screen. I have been using it all year and it is the best radio I have ever owned.
+1 I left spektrum for Hitec and do not regret it one bit. Hitec A9 will be my primary tx for a long time to come. From what I have seen, Spektrum lost a lot of customers because they neglected the needs of sailplanes.

The voltage telemetry alone has made my flying experience soooo much better.
Dec 29, 2011, 02:07 PM
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As soon as I outgrow my DX6i I might get an Aurora 9..looks like an awesome radio. I love my 6i for now though, does everything I want it to and the BnF micros are nice

I would say go for it, I got mine used on the classifieds here for $100 with an ar500 too
Dec 29, 2011, 02:25 PM
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I'm a bit curious. I "grew up" on Futaba & JR equipment in the late 80's early 90's. Currently I have a DX6i which I love. However, objectively looking at what's out there the Various flavors of X9 seem to clearly be not only the best "bang for the buck" but possibly the best bang period. While QC issues are arguably a real concern an actual comparison with Spektrum certainly favors the X9.

From my perspective an X9 running the FrSKY telemetry package with the aftermarket firmware might very well be the best 2.4 setup available at any price.
Dec 29, 2011, 02:25 PM
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Turnigy 9x is hands down the best 2.4ghz for the money. You can do easy DIY install of a back light too. And if you are up for it you can install the er9x firmware that is top notch. I bought mine with the er9x fw and back light installed from ebay for under $150. Check out the er9x thread here and you will see why the Turnigy 9 channel with the er9x fw is the best thing to come from China since Bruce Lee
Dec 29, 2011, 02:33 PM
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You should get the 8FG and get the Spektrum module for it.
Dec 29, 2011, 03:17 PM
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Lag_Janson's Avatar
I loved my old Futaba 72mhz radio. I like Futaba as a brand as well. Consider however what the OP has in mind for a use for the radio however, and it's hard to argue anything but Spectrum. An Eflite MCX2 helicopter and future park fliers in memory.

The 8FG with a Spectrum module would indeed do the job. (Heck - I wanted that but couldn't afford it!) Is it really the best for the buck though?
Dec 29, 2011, 03:25 PM
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I own a Dx6i. I have Airplanes and Heli's programmed on mine and I love it. I also love the fact that I can buy BNF products. Never had an issue.
Dec 29, 2011, 03:44 PM
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I think the key is to get one of the products that is serviced here in the U.S. Either Futaba or Spektrum will fill the bill. Don't worry about binding transmitters. I'm a Futaba user and have many Parkzone planes. My Futaba receivers fit in them just fine. Get what ever appeals to you.

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