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OK, let's not get into the old Futaba Vs JR. If you like Futaba and want a 9C, here is my take.

First, how to get one. Sure, you can get one almost anywhere. But I don't need more standard servos, big reciever, etc. So I wanted TX only. There are several places, but Servo City (www.servocity.com) had the best price combined with a good reputation. TX and module, $289. BUT.......then I noticed that they had a customizeable package for a little more. And you can go in and change all the components to what you want.

Like I said, I didn't need standards anything, but I wanted some micro stuff for the foamie I'm doing. When all was done, I got a Electron 6 RX and xtal, 3 HS555's, plus a 4.8v NICAD and a switch, extension, etc that are just part of the package. All for $40 more that the TX alone. Hell of a deal if you ask me. Add in free shipping, and the fact that I ordered it Sun night and got it Wed morn, Servo city is tops in my book!!!

OK, fine. Now I've got it, what does it do. This is not tech stuff, nor is it complete, this is just what I've learned so far. I didn't find it "Easy" to start the programing without the manual, but once I read for a bit it got pretty clear. The main thing that my 6Ax didn't do was run 8 servos for this one big plane I have. But soon I learned that there was much more to the 9C than the # of channels. It also is PCM and FM both.

The case looks cool, but will show dirt and prints. It feels real good, as a matter of fact, it feels like all my other Futabas have. All the switches and dials are easy to get to, but some are not where I would use them while in the air. There are 8 switchs and 3 dials and 2 sliders. That's a lot! And they can do ANYTHING! You chose what is the DR switchs, what are for mixing, whatever, And you can combine them. All DR on one, no Prob!!! How about TRIPLE rates? Cool!!! The only bad part to that is that they are not labeled by name, but by letter. So you must remember or label them to know what they are. Throttle up and down, engine shutoff, etc are set up very easily. Even the "trainer" switch can be used for something else if you want. The 2 sliders are right at your fingertips, BEHIND the transmitter.

I really like that I don't have to "Store" anything manually. Whatever you do (trime, sub trim, etc) stays forever! Mixing is easy, the basics are all done for you, flaps, flaperons, ele to flap, etc. Plus you have 7 open mixes for whatever you might want (No, I haven't got a clue what for, but it's gonna be clear someday!) All the DR and Expo features are graphed as well, so you can see how much it will reall be. And DR and EXPO are set for each direction of travel, and for high, low, and triple separately.

Now that I know how, programing takes just a second or 2 to make an adjustment.

It has 3 timers. Again, don't know why yet. And the screen is big and very clear, and adjustable for the brightness of the day. There are 8 models built in and they all come with a campac to up that to 14. All models are labeled by name NOT NUMBER! COOL!!!!! I hated that number crap on the 6Xa.

Annother cool thing it does is give you a warning tone if the TX is turned on with any mixing switch turned on! That's cool too, you won't have the flaperons on and not know it. Audible warning for low bat as well.

OK, last thing. This radio allows all of the channels to be proportional. Channel 5 is NOT a dedicated gear switch, and on my Taco I have a 5CH rx and Channels 1 and 5 are the ailerons. cannels 7-9 can be whatever you want. But, 9 is only available if you use PCM mode. So for me, it's only a 8 Channel.

I'm actually happier with it now that I have it than I expected. I have found all kinds of cool stuff I didn't know about. I'm setting 2 and 3 expo settings per surface using the DR setup (But I'm keeping all the rates high) so I can decide what I really like. Today I flew my Sledge with all zero expo except the rudder was 15%. But if I got wild, I could have just flipped the switch and been at 35%. I really like it, and wish I had started with it!
 

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I'm ASSuming you are talking about the 9CAP ?
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DanHoH said:
I'm ASSuming you are talking about the 9CAP ?
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Well, the 9CAP and the 9CAF are the same. Just depends on what it comes with from the factory, PCM rx makes it a 9CAP, FM rx makes it a CAF. The Heli version has switches moved and throttle not rachetted, but otherwise same. Whether you order the CAP or the CAF, it will say CAP and will transmit PCM or FM (ppm).
 

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Great post. I have been using the 8UHFS but just bought Paul's 9C. I'm pretty excited to have a new radio. I need to get that ratchet off the throttle though.
 

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I like it more every day! Why don't you want the ratchet? I thought only heli pilots did that!

And where are all the reviews? ProBros may be brutaly honest, but they sure are SHY!!!!
 

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I fly a 8UHPS and I can't imagine ever having a ratchet on the throttle again! To me, the heli radios don't have it so you can get smoooooth input on hovering, a small throttle/collective input makes all the difference. Same on hovering a plane...I have never hovered on a radio with a ratchet, so I am biased...but I like the smooooooth input.
 

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I have an amazingly beat up 8UHFS. I'm missing 3 toggle switches. The metal is bubbling up. I was talking to Flyboone at work and he said that Hitec makes a piece you can put in a Futaba or Hitec that will make your throttle smooth. Pauly says he will have mine smoothed out before I get it so it will probably be perfect but it's nice to know Hitec makes a piece just for this. I just wish I could figure out how to make the sliders do something useful. Those things are cool.
 

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I just wish I could figure out how to make the sliders do something useful. Those things are cool.
Ya, same here. I really can't think of anything to use 'em for either. Great idea. putting them right at your finger tips. I gues if you used flap the "normal" way it would work. I have one plane that has 4 wing servos, and I'm thinking a slider might be a way to use a "variable" crow. And I thought about "Instant Elevator" switch. You just pull one down and viola, the plane does the perfect elevator, and you can vary it according to the wind. But these are ideas, I'll have to be a better pilot and programmer to make that work.

Later

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maverick said:
Footaba stinks get a JR

10X for me

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Thank you very much for the well thought out and mature input, and especially for the clear comprehension of the VERY FIRST LINE!!! :!:
 

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You'll get used to it, Gordo... :roll: or learn to ignore it... :?
Ya, I know. Just thought the ProBro board was different! :p
 

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Well I have Futaba's, so don't beat me up there......

But I think I just discovered a plot by Futaba. They want to influence us about Rule # 9. Don't believe me?? Lookit the number behind the transmitter !!!!

If you look at the transmitter long enough.......... a big ass NINE will come out and SHOUT at ya!

Its a plot, I tell ya !!!!!
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Yo,

Mune doesn't shout at me, but if you listen really close the start-up beep is now saying...
Do the #9 Mougly...do the #9.

Mougly
 

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Hey,the 9 is the best radio that I ever had. I cant even think of paying $1300 for a more powerful radio.

This Baby has everthing that I need, and the price was right.!!!

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:D :D I just got the 9cap today and haven't done much with except to name all my planes and helis AND smooth the thottle ratchet out. It's an easy fix. Just take the back off and take the screw out that holds the ratcheting mechanism on and flip it up side down. Smoooooth thottle!! And it at some time you want the ratchet back. flip it back. no harm no foul. I am so stoked about having this radio!! I am going to keep my old 8u for my son when he gets old enough to appreciate it more. But the dif between the 8u and the 9c is night and day.
 

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Hey,thanks for the info. I was wondering how to get rid of the ratcheting throttle. Just dont feel normal to me. I like it smooth.

I think that you will really like the easy programing features on this radio.

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No prob. I just am trying to get the permagrin off of my face so I can go down to my shop and play with my new toy. And to sweeten the pot I am probably only about 2 hrs from having my new SLedge finished up and ready to go. I am hoping that the weather holds out for the weekend. :D
 

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I got my 9cap at christmastime from servocity for around $260 tx/module only. they must have had a huge demand cause the price is back up to like 290 now.

anyhow, i LOVE it, and i've spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to do what i want it to do. here's a few random tips that i thought were brilliant when i first read about/invented them.

-Vr side sliders with ends as neutral positions:

If you assign, say, flaperons to one of the side sliders, you'll have both flaperons and spoileron (i.e. travel in both directions) on the slider, but this means you have to make sure you center the slider to zero the flaps. this can be a pain, as your only indication for it is a little beep from the radio.

Solution: assign flaperons to one side slider. use an open mix on the advanced page to mix the other side slider to negative flaperons.

Now the side sliders' inputs add such that when both sliders are in the same place, flaps are neutral. leave them in opposite positions and the flaps will be all the way in ONE direction. now if you leave both sliders all the way towards you, the flaps are neutral, and pushing one slider forward will give you flaperons, the other one will give you spoilerons.

-2: don't be afraid to change modes to get the mixes you want. have a 4-servo wing? use glider-2 flaps. get to know where futaba made shortcuts: acro mode means that preset flaps are locked onto the front 3-position switch. ignore idle-down and just put throttle cut on the trainer switch (unless of course it IS a trainer), etc.

-3: use the curve-adjust mixes to soften throttle around your hovering point.

-4: hey UPS just delivered my katana P arf!!! i am so done typing.

-barrett

probro eightthirteen
 
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