Which is a good receiver for the .40 to .60 size e-plane conversions??? - RC Groups
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Jul 28, 2001, 07:41 PM
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Which is a good receiver for the .40 to .60 size e-plane conversions???

I never had really shopped for a lite weight receiver and just thought i'd ask What's everybody is useing??.I have a fma tetra in my twin star.i also use a fma fortress for a test receiver but never have checked the weight.thanxs for your help.stefanP
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Jul 28, 2001, 07:56 PM
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It's probably difficult to find a better small receiver than the RCD/Hitec 555.
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Jul 28, 2001, 10:10 PM
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Nothing beats a JR. I am a glow heli pilot mainly and they are harder on RX's due to vibrationa nd etc. than anything out there. A JR is the creme of the crop. Futaba's are not as good and Hitec's are fine, but lack the refinement of a JR. JR does cost a bit more I admit, but as the old saying goes, the good things are cheap and the cheap things aren't good. I do hear great things about the Multiplex RX's though. Their PPD RX's that are half PPM(FM) and half PCM. You set your TX to transmit in PPM and the RX still has pre-set hold points like a PCM does.
Jul 28, 2001, 11:01 PM
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Agree with Topgun

I fly both Jr and Hitec. Favorite, due to years of reliable flight, is Hitec Supreme.
Great reliablility, 8 channels etc.

Price is right, excellent reliable erformance

Standard for Eflight seems to be the Hitec 555

Jul 29, 2001, 12:24 AM
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The answer to this question is directly tied to the brand transmitter that will be used with the receiver and the type of signal propagation used. You cannot use JR or Airtronics receivers with Hitec and Futaba because of the frequency shift-JR and Airtronics is positive-Hitec and Futaba is negative. There are also other factors to be considered.
Jul 29, 2001, 01:21 AM
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You should consider the FMA Extreme 5 receiver. It is one of the lowest cost dual conversion receivers on the market. It is definitely worth consideration.
Jul 29, 2001, 01:51 AM
Question: How many channels do you want (now); and how many might you want in the future?

I have a ton of Hitec 555's for 5 or less channels, and a Hitec Fortress for 8 channels. Bulletproof in my experience; readily available; relatively inexpensive.

Jul 29, 2001, 02:00 AM
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I'll agree: Hitec Surpreme or Super Slim (which is just a 7 channel repackaging of the 555 I'm told) or the 555 itself (for 5 or fewer channels). Note that these are available in both high or low shifts so can be gotten to work with whatever transmitter type you have.

I've also had decent luck with FMA receivers and have an Extreme 5 I need to try out.

Of course in a plane that size, the receiver that came with the transmitter should be just fine.... 3/4 of an ounce on a 40 to 60 size plane isn't going to be that big a deal. I fly planes that size with my full sized Airtronics Rxs.
Jul 29, 2001, 03:45 AM
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FMA has the only true dual conversion micro receiver on the market. this will be the next one i buy, as you never see them for sale used. i too fly JR, nothing but.
Jul 29, 2001, 04:38 AM
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On a big plane like that you can use anything you like. If you particularly want a small Rx I'll second the Hitec 555. Lovely piece of kit.

Jul 29, 2001, 05:26 PM
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You won't beat Futaba for dependability. I gave away a jr 7 channel because of reliability problems. The jr shift is different than Futaba by the way if you buy one it won't be compatible.
Hitec is ok for the price but not up on quality control issues. Their service is top notch though.
Multiplex seems to be leading edge but relatively new here. not widely distributed either.

For a 40 – 60 size plane E or other wise you shouldn’t need micro gear. I’d get a Futaba FM
Jul 30, 2001, 01:26 AM
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Gentalmen THANK-YOU for the replys! Rite now i fly only 4channel airplanes.i use a futaba skysport radio&a hitec focas 3.i do have a older futaba pcm radio but i use that for my giant scale planes.Have fun,stefanP