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Feb 03, 2013, 11:34 AM
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Current radio offerings


What are people using for aftermarket radios in tanks now?

I've decided to finally build up my PzKpfw III and I'm going to install an ElMod system, so likely I will need a new radio.

I have an Optic 6 Sport (72 Mhz) I use for RC Planes (that I don't get to fly anymore ) but I'm not sure about using it for the tanks, since it's technically only 5 controllable channels and 72 Mhz instead of 2.4 gig.

I was thinking of picking up a cheap radio like this: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXARNY&P=0

Since I'm not going to use it for planes I'm not overly concerned about the quality, and a $200 computer radio seems a bit overkill for this application.

Any thoughts?
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Feb 03, 2013, 12:24 PM
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Not really a radio expert, but I would go with this

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXXMV6&P=7

first before the "other" brand.


Also, a big FYI... 72Mhz is illegal for ground applications.




HTH












~ Jeff
Feb 03, 2013, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Panther F View Post
Not really a radio expert, but I would go with this

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXXMV6&P=7

first before the "other" brand.


Also, a big FYI... 72Mhz is illegal for ground applications.




HTH












~ Jeff
Thanks.

I wasn't sure about 72Mhz and ground applications.

Do you find 4 channels is enough for RC tanks?
Feb 03, 2013, 01:05 PM
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Yes, 4 channels are more than enough BUT, to make life simpler you may need to add fire buttons for the machine gun and the main gun instead of using the trim on the radio. Like I said, not a big radio expert so the 4 channel will work but more is always better... and more expensive as well.

Stay with a known brand. This is MY selection into 2.4GHz world.



HTH












~ Jeff
Feb 03, 2013, 01:39 PM
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+1 I'm with jeff
Feb 04, 2013, 07:11 AM
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Thanks for help guys
Feb 04, 2013, 01:15 PM
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Think ahead, you can never have enough channels.
Another radio getting high marks is the Turnigy 9 for a good low buck option.
Feb 04, 2013, 02:55 PM
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Glacier Girl is right, if you plan on expanding the tank with more options... then get one with more channels.

But realistically, 4 is enough. As long as you don't have deep pockets. I'm getting the radio I showed next month, then ALL of my tanks will have one radio. Maybe 2 just in case.

And when I do so I will have a few radios to sell.












~ Jeff
Feb 05, 2013, 07:18 AM
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Wow, those turnigy radios are pretty cheap. Might work just fine for tanks.. especially if I want one per tank. I was shuddering at the though of having a $150 radio for each one.
Feb 05, 2013, 07:31 AM
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Spectrum also makes a radio that tankers are using in 2.4GHz.

Just another thought.












~ Jeff
Feb 05, 2013, 08:00 AM
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The Spektrum DX4 or DX5 was another on the "possible" list.
Feb 05, 2013, 08:07 AM
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I believe the DX6 is the one everyone enjoys the best.












~ Jeff
Feb 20, 2013, 08:17 PM
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I switched from JR and Airtronics to the Hobbyking 4 and 6 ch for the smaller stuff and the new 9xr for the larger projects. Have had no problems whatsoever.
Feb 21, 2013, 01:50 PM
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Just finished up a 1/6th Stuart for a client, using the HK 9X. Piece of cake, once you figure out the programming of the tx. Had to dig through the internet to find a manual, as none comes with it. But nonetheless, it now controls the tracks, turret, gun elevation, lights, and gun firing. And still have two open channels for more goodies, like smoke and such.

Nice as it is, with software updates you can make the radio do even more. Not bad for a $60.00 tx, puts my DX6i to shame.
Feb 21, 2013, 01:51 PM
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I've gone with a 6 channel 2.4ghz system, converted from a futuba t6x fm rig. Works a charm and no signal clashes


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