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Graham Ashby  |  Feb 02, 2009  |  0 comments
The DSX-9's build quality isn't in doubt I guess you could say Im a bit of a JR man on the quiet, although it hasnt always been that way. Over the years Ive owned various makes of radio, my first serious bit of kit being Futabas Field Force 7 Super. Remember it? I paid £395 for mine when it first came out - a significant amount of money back in the late 80s and one of the main reasons I treated the transmitter like a treasured family heirloom. I operated the set for 10 or 15 years before it was stolen, and I still miss it.
David Ashby  |  Jan 19, 2009  |  0 comments
The new JR DSX-12 2. 4GHz Well, it's here at last, the second JR 2. 4GHz radio and by some way one of the most capable consumer radios that we've ever seen. It all comes at a price of course but let's look at the spec' first.
David Ashby  |  Jan 09, 2009  |  0 comments
Macgregor Industries have released a service advisory notice to all JR DSX-9 owners – “Late last year a potential issue was identified with the stick wiring of JR X9303 2. 4GHz transmitters. The X9303 is the American version of the DSX9. The MacGregor/JR DSX9 was modified to make it CE compliant.
David Ashby  |  Oct 07, 2008  |  0 comments
We've just received a press release from Multiplex. . . .
David Ashby  |  Jul 07, 2008  |  0 comments
This is the new PCM 12X from JR - it should be available later this year Macgregors have told us that while some units have started to appear in the USA, they would caution against anyone jumping the gun and 'grey importing' any PCM12Xs as (like the DSX-9)JR's U. S. specification DSM sets will not pass the required UK CE tests without a degree of internal modification and improved screening. Therefore U.
David Ashby  |  Jun 18, 2008  |  0 comments
We've received news of a product recall from Multiplex, the press release reads as follows - "The brand name MULTIPLEX for 50 years has stood for high quality, innovative radio-gear for model purposes. Quality, reliability and functionality were and still are MULTIPLEX standards. As a result of this philosophy and in conjunction with our quality control management, it has been found that several transmitters in the ROYALevo and COCKPIT SX series have suffered severe failures when being operated under unfavourable conditions, and these failures were caused by a few components being of unreliable quality. This could, in rare and extreme cases, result in a total functionality loss of the transmitter and therefore a loss of control of the model (aircraft).
Chris Broad  |  May 30, 2008  |  0 comments
JR DSX-12 2. 4GHz The very mention of computer radios is often enough to send the uninitiated running for the shadows. If, until now, you've shied away from these marvels of modern technology then settle into a comfy chair and I'll ease you through an introduction, explaining some of the intimidating features and, hopefully, simplifying the programming of your computer transmitter. A lot of people are initially put off by computer radios, but with so many examples available it's actually quite easy to find the right one to suit your needs, even if those needs arent anywhere near that of a competitor in the Tournament of Champions or the Jet World Masters.
Steve Dorling  |  Mar 12, 2008  |  0 comments
Plenty to choose from, but which is right for your model? Servos are probably the most complex and delicate components within an R/C system, engineering marvels that most of us take for granted. Both electronic and mechanical in operation, the servo provides fine control of the model's surfaces as dictated by the movement of the sticks and switches on your Tx (transmitter). So what makes this little box of tricks tick?LAID BAREEvery servo contains a small printed circuit board, upon which a few amplifier components are situated, and there are various other bits and bobs of 'electrickery' attached to that. A few wires connect this board to the servo drive motor and the feedback potentiometer situated immediately beneath the mechanical gearbox, and that's about it.
David Ashby  |  Mar 06, 2008  |  0 comments
Launched at Nuremburg last month and direct from Puffin Models, this new range of receivers has just been released by respected electric flight manufacturer Jeti. These are not the first receivers to come from the Czech firm but they offer a 'programmable' facility never before seen. There are three units in the range offering 4, 6 and 8 channels, all on 35MHz. They operate on an input voltage of between 3.
David Ashby  |  Feb 26, 2008  |  0 comments
Thanks go to forum user Timbo for spotting this story recently and passing on the news relating to the "QuickConnect” Voltage Recovery System for DSM2 AIR receivers. Performance modellers have known for some time that care must be taken to ensure adequate power supplies for their airborne system. It’s true for all radios systems, but it’s doubly important when using high performance servos, flying harder manouevers, and trying to save weight with inadequate batteries and/or regulators. Spektrum systems are designed with an operating threshold of 3.
David Ashby  |  Jan 21, 2008  |  0 comments
An announcement from Ripmax has just appeared on their website following problems that had started to be reported on our forum here and indeed across other R/C sites in relation to the Futaba 2. 4GHz FASST system. The announcement reads as follows - "This notification affects only owners of the Futaba TM-7 module and 6EX FASST systems. Each FASST transmitter contains a unique eight digit identification code, programmed at the factory to identify the respective transmitter and to allow a receiver to be paired only to that radio's signal.
David Ashby  |  Dec 10, 2007  |  0 comments
The PCM12X UK distributor MacGregor Industries have announced details of three new radio systems from JR that should appear over the coming months. First up is the new DSX9, the first genuine JR radio to be made available using 2. 4GHz technology. Based on JR's top selling PCM9XII, this new radio system retains all the programming features of its long established sibling but with the addition of spread spectrum processing.
David Ashby  |  Nov 22, 2007  |  0 comments
Small enough? Horizon Hobby UK are shortly to distribute two new Spektrum 2. 4gHz receivers that should be on UK shop shelves very soon - the AR6300 and its big brother the AR9100. Effectively a small circuit board with connectors attached and designed for slow flyers, the tiny 6-channel AR6300 weighs in at 2g and employs the DSM2 system. The JST connecters are compatible with Spektrum’s programmable DSP60J Digital Super Sub-Micro Servo.
David Ashby  |  Sep 11, 2007  |  0 comments
The new Futaba 2. 4GHz module and a receiver are now in the UK and should be with retailers by the time you read this. The new TM-7 module has been 'optimised for quick and easy installation, free from clumsy wires or cables' It fits the 7U, 8U, 9C and 9Z systems as well as the FC18 and FC28 sets. The retail price is £99.

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