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Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:19 am

When I got back in the hobby earlier this year, I picked up a used Futaba 10J to get me going. Didn't realize it was so limited in the types of receivers it would handle. Also, it's not nearly as versatile as my old Futaba 14SG that I regretably sold when I quit flying. So I'd like to get something else to replace it with. I loved the flexible programming in the 14SG, but it's not a cheap radio by any means, and I'm on a tight budget. I don't want to breat the bank, but don't want to cheap out, either.

Other than a Taranis, or a used 14SG, are there any other options I should consider? The Taranis is tempting and with the multi-protocol board would be the most versatile.
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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:30 am

spectrum is the only way to go. pick up a used DX9 and never look back.
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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:54 am

I just fly with a DX8, funny how some people invest $$$ in a top radio and they don't fly shit :roll:
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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:00 am

Taranis 7 s. S is a worthy upgrade

Then get a multimodule
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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:56 am

dhooks wrote:Taranis 7 s. S is a worthy upgrade

Then get a multimodule


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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:56 pm

Im really liking my graupner mz24 pro. color touchscreen easy programming, heck if I had a few more rx's Id see if you wanted your old 14SG back
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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:06 pm

I still use my 2007 Spektrum DX7 'merican version. It is illegal in Europe (which makes it awesome) due to too strong output signal (I guess you guys have the freedom to use some powerful field gear), and cheap Chinese orange receivers (WildFred said they were fine....so :wink: )

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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:31 pm

Spektrum DX9 is a fine radio that will do anything most anyone would ever need. Lots of Rx choices from power safe to elcheapo but seem to work fine.

I fly my lectric stuff on a DX9 and really like it.
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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:07 pm

Graupner all the way, just ordered the 32z this week before tariffs hit. I still own a Futaba 14z and a shit load of Fasst receivers if your on a SpreadRectum budget, whats it worth ?

The future of rc is smart receivers and telemetry, nobody's even close to what Graupner is putting out for the money.
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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:29 pm

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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:31 pm

I may be behind the times, but for profiles, I'm not sure how much usefulness I would get from a telemetry capable setup. Other than rx battery voltage, I really don't care. But I do like flexibility in programming like the Taranis and 14SG. Just makes setup a lot easier. Since I've never looked into Spektrum, I have no idea what they are like. I'm sure they're fine radios, just don't have any experience with them. And although Graupner would be great, they're out of my price range righr now.
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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:35 pm

So far I like my QX7. Programming is not that bad once you figure it out.
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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:39 pm

I normally run on a dx8. Have a gen1 and a gen2 version. They do everything I would ever ask for in the 3d realm. Thinking about getting the ix12 when my LHS does there big Christmas sale.
Also have a taranis x9d. Doesn't have the color screen but that's just something else to go wrong. Gonna use the taranis for my warturd and cj/bush planes so the flaps and retracts can be on the sliders. Bought it because I wanted to build a quadcopter but have since decided to stay away from that stuff for a while. I crash enough as it is and my soldering skills need alot of work.
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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:32 pm

If you miss your old 14SG get one used. They are selling for less than 1/2 price of new ($225-$275) and will handle anything Futaba makes as far as receivers. I still fly with my 14SG, but for quads and DLG I fly Tranus QX-7 with upgraded gimbals. It is hard to believe you can do so much with a $100 radio.
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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:37 pm

If your going to drop$40 to upgrade gimbals just buy the s model to start with.

I grabbed a barely used one for $120
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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:41 pm

capthis wrote:Spektrum DX9 is a fine radio that will do anything most anyone would ever need. Lots of Rx choices from power safe to elcheapo but seem to work fine.

I fly my lectric stuff on a DX9 and really like it until it browns out on my cub kadeton the first flight, even though wild fred flew it dozens of times on his turdigy with the frsky module and receiver with never an issue. but sprectum is better.
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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:49 pm

dhooks wrote:If your going to drop$40 to upgrade gimbals just buy the s model to start with.

I grabbed a barely used one for $120



I'm pretty sure CAF got his used with the upgraded gimbals for a good price as well.

I second what others are saying though with taranis. Great radio and lots of people here who can help you out if you need it. Just be sure to put OpenTX on it and I would be willing to share every program I have on mine.

Otherwise like CAF said you can find the futaba 14 pretty cheap used.
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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:42 pm

Whaaaaat? :shock: There are radio manufacturers out there, other than Futaba?

I've had a Futaba transmitter in my hands since I was about seven years old. I don't see a reason to change. 8) Well, except I plugged a Spectrum module into the back of it.
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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:45 pm

Add another vote for a Taranis. Mine is the X9D Plus with the M9 gimbal upgrade and OpenTx. This radio replaced a Futaba 12FG FASST about 3 years ago and I haven't regretted switching at all. A Spektrum "hack module" plugs into the Taranis to fly my DSM2 and DSMX stuff.

If you're starting out from scratch again, I'd go with the Taranis and the FrSky receivers, plus the spektrum hack module.

If you still have your futaba 2.4 receivers, I'd get a used 14SG. Both of these choices will end up around the same initial price, but additional new FrSky receivers will cost about 1/3 of new futaba receivers.
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Re: Thinking a bout a new radio

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:43 pm

I flew World since 69, then 20+ years ago I got Futaba. upgraded to a 2.4. A good friend works for Horizon, he was after me to try the spectrum. I got a nib DX7, I can program mix an copy like I new what i was doing its great!!!really like it.
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