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Sep 20, 2002, 06:32 PM
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getting a new radio... suggestions?


Im going to get a 4 or 5 channel radio, any suggestions on brands ?
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Sep 20, 2002, 07:38 PM
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I'm very happy with my 'Hitec Flash 5', so much so, I bought another one.
Sep 20, 2002, 07:42 PM
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I have a flash 5 and an eclipse w/spectra module. Spend the extra few bux and get the eclipse. Its all you'll ever need.

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Sep 20, 2002, 07:44 PM
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There are 2 very good lower priced radios, they are both HiTec.
Flash 5 This is a economy computer radio, with multiple plane memory. It's fairly easy to program. If your plans are to stay with park flyers, get a glider version, which comes with smaller servos.
It's a shame to have to buy the smaller servos and just set the full size servos aside in hope that you will need them "someday".
Lazer 4or6 A little less pricey, no computer, but does have mixer.
The 6 has dual rates, and a couple other features, plus a retract switch, and a proportional 6th channel knob.
Again, get the Glider version for smaller airborne components.

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Sep 20, 2002, 10:35 PM
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I'm a Hitec fan. I have three of their radios, about 12 of their receivers and 50 of their servos. Anytime I have ever had a problem of any kind they have
fixed it promptly and for free. I have 2 flash 5's which I highly recommend.
Sep 20, 2002, 10:59 PM
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Originally posted by Joel K. Scholz
I'm a Hitec fan. I have three of their radios, about 12 of their receivers and 50 of their servos. Anytime I have ever had a problem of any kind they have
fixed it promptly and for free. I have 2 flash 5's which I highly recommend.
I started in Februay and I've only have one radio and it is the Hitec Eclipse with Spectra module. I couldn't imagine not having a computer radio. I've used Hitec and FMA receivers with it. I've only used Hitec servos.

Kelvin
Sep 20, 2002, 11:06 PM
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Eclipse: best value for the buck.......
Sep 21, 2002, 07:25 AM
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Re: getting a new radio... suggestions?


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Im going to get a 4 or 5 channel radio, any suggestions on brands ?
What is your budget and what are you intending to use this for... what would be the most complex usage you would have for it?

dd.
Sep 21, 2002, 08:17 AM
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Multiplex all the way!

Get a Cockpit or if you got the money any TX from the Profi Line. I got a Profi MC 3010 myself and consider it to be the best thing Ive ever bought. Had a Flash 5 before this one.

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Sep 21, 2002, 08:39 AM
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Re: Re: getting a new radio... suggestions?


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What is your budget and what are you intending to use this for... what would be the most complex usage you would have for it?

dd.
good question - im looking to stay in the 100 - 150 range, and I intend on using them for parkflyers, but i never know if i may use a bigger model.
Sep 21, 2002, 10:00 AM
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Price


The systens that I reccommended do fit into your pricing.
Most LHS don't cary the versions that are available with smaller servos, so I suggest you try online, and compare prices. I think that Hobbylobby is offering to match and thensome any other price. I've seen/used Balsa products and HobbyHorse, and they offer good price and service.

john
Sep 21, 2002, 12:27 PM
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I would go with something like the Flash 5 for a first radio. I have the Eclipse with Spectra, which is a great radio, but can be a bit complex for a first radio. The other down-side of the Eclipse is it wants you to have your second aileron servo on channel 6 in ACRO mode (standard aircraft mode), so it is not conducive to 5 channel receivers with two-servo aileron setups. Maybe this is why Hitec has the new Electron 6 channel RX.

If you really get hooked on eflight (which I am) you may want to get another TX with more features. Having a back-up TX is a good idea, so the Flash 5 (or whichever mid/lower range TX) won't be a waste of money. I use my Focus III TX as a back-up for simple airplanes, but would rather have something with at least 4 channels so I could have a back-up for single-servo aileron planes.

See how simple the decision is!
Sep 22, 2002, 11:48 AM
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Been using the Flash5 for over a year and no problems,great intro radio.I have also out grown it


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