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David Ashby  |  Oct 07, 2008  |  0 comments
We've just received a press release from Multiplex. . . .
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.
Kevin Morgan  |  Jun 12, 2013  |  0 comments
When I came into R/C aircraft, just like lots of others I joined a club, and was offered lots of good advice, but, due to lack of understanding I’ve made some costly 'newby' mistakes. "Get yourself a transmitter with a least six channels, this will see you through for years to come” was the advice. So off I went to the model shop coming out with a Hitec Aurora 9 after being impressed with all the bells and whistles. This was mistake number one.
Alex McMeekin  |  Nov 30, 2006  |  0 comments
Multiplex is a well-established manufacturer of proportional radio gear, and has traditionally been seen as a 'high end' brand. There's no doubting that they've always been at the forefront when new developments have arrived, for example end point adjustment, control input mixing, separate model memories and modular components. Plainly that has to be reflected in price, and the Multiplex R/C of yesteryear was always quite expensive. However, in the early '80s they began offering cut down versions of their radios at a more affordable price.
David Ashby  |  Feb 04, 2009  |  0 comments
Horizon Hobby UK are advising DX6i owners to check their transmitters as a number of poor stick potentiometers have been fitted to some sets. There's an easy process that owners can followwhich will highlight whether their set is affected and full details can be found at www. horizonhobby. co.
David Ashby  |  Mar 02, 2009  |  0 comments
Bob Sims has created some Excel spreadsheets to record the model set-ups for his Spectrum DX7 and DX6i transmitters. These allow one to keep a record of aeroplane (acro) or helicopter set-ups - very handy and many thanks Bob. Click on the links below to download each spreadsheet. You can email Bob with suggestions or queries - robert.
David Ashby  |  Nov 21, 2013  |  0 comments
Ian Jones reviewed Hitec's Eclipse 7 Pro radio in RCM&E's November issue and mentioned the lack of firmware updates available. Guess what? Yep, they're now available and Ian has produced a guide as to how users can go about upgrading their software. Amongst others, the upgrade provides improved latency and allows users to save model data to a PC and bring data from a PC too. Click here for Ian's guide (pdf) and click here for the upgrade software link.
Tom Bailey  |  Jan 25, 2007  |  0 comments
As the first full-range, ‘spread-spectrum’ 2. 4GHz radio system to hit the shelves, Horizon Hobby’s Spektrum DX7 is set to cause quite a stir. The 2. 4GHz frequency band allows the various components of the system to communicate in a way that has never been possible using standard 35MHz equipment, meaning that a new brand of radio gear is arriving to revolutionise the way we operate our aircraft.
Andy Green  |  Feb 06, 2014  |  0 comments
I think it’s fair to say that I’ve come quite late to 2. 4. There are several reasons for this, I’m not an early adopter, I like to see trends and wait for technology to settle down, I’m happy with 35mHz, but mostly it’s because JR didn’t have anything convincing. I did order a JR DSX12, but the supplier was out of stock, and in the interim there were rumours that the Spekrum way of doing 2.
David Ashby - moderator  |  Mar 10, 2009  |  0 comments
Hot on the heels of Bob Sims' Spektrum spreadsheets, Phil Winks has been busy and drawn up excel spreadsheets so that Futaba 6EX users can record their model settings. Click on the link below to download the spreadsheet. Futaba 6EX spreadsheet . .
David Ashby  |  Aug 15, 2007  |  0 comments
This article appeared in the June 2007 issue of RCM&E - updated commentary is at the end of the piece Spektrum have had some 6 months now in which to build a customer base, indeed reports indicate they’ve done well, the DX7 being hard to get hold of in a UK market where demand has outstripped supply. Of course, it was only a matter of time before one of the established R/C manufacturers joined the party, so let’s welcome the new Futaba 6EXP, a 2. 4GHz version of their recently upgraded 6-channel computer system. 2.
David Ashby  |  Feb 20, 2009  |  0 comments
It seems like only yesterday that Futaba unveiled a successor to the Field Force 8, yet seven years have passed since the FF9 quickly became something the enthusiastic club or competition flyer wouldnt be seen without. As mid-range radios go, the FF9 set benchmarks in quality and ease of use, this reflected in its longevity. Time moves on though, and the FF9s replacement enters a very different marketplace, one which is occupied by a new competitor and an operating frequency thats revolutionised the way we operate our models. Say hello, then, to the T10, 10C (as they call it in the U.
David Ashby  |  Feb 09, 2007  |  0 comments
Basics first: the FF7 is a 7-channel, PPM / PCM digital computer R/C system for aircraft or helicopters. It has a fixed frequency of 35MHz and doesn’t provide a Campac to add extra model memory capacity or allow frequency changes; so don’t take it with you when you fly outside the UK unless your destination is a 35MHz flying zone. The main features are:10 model memoryModel naming facility (6 characters)Programming dialDigital trimsDual rates / triple rates / exponentialSwitch assignability on channels five and sevenMultiple model timers Helicopter functions include:5-point throttle and pitch curves6 swashplate set-upsGyro programmingSwitch assignability Of course the FF7 provides all the usual features we’ve come to expect from any computer radio, including servo reversing and end point adjustment (to 140%), elevon mixing, v-tail mixing, flaperons, airbrake and so on. As a complete set the FF7 includes four standard S148 servos alongside an FP-R138DF 8-channel dual conversion receiver (Rx) and a 700mAh 4.
David Ashby  |  May 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Now available in the UK, Futaba's new T8J uses the S-FHSS operating system and joins the T6J launched last year. Similarly styled and once again employing a built-in aerial, the 8-channel radio uses a jog-dial for programming much like the popular 8FG. The spec list looks like this: 20 model memories Wireless transfer of model data to and from other 8J transmitters 10-character model and user naming Large (128 x 64 dot) backlit LCD display 8 channels (one variable knob, five 2-position switches, two 3-position switches, one momentary switch, two digital levers) Quick and easy programming using a jog dial and three buttons End point adjustment Dual rate/expo (any switch selectable) Servo reversing Sub trim on all 8 channels Digital Trims Trim step adjustability ATL (Automatic Travel Limit) Failsafe on all 8 channels Trainer mode Throttle cut Two count-up/count-down timers plus integrated timer Model timer Range check mode Servo monitor/test Auxiliary channel switch/level assignability It's suppled with a NiMH battery and charger in combo with an R2008SB 8-channel S-FHSS (or FHSS) receiver with an RRP of £279. 99 and you'll find more info and screen shots at the Futaba website.
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.

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