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David Ashby  |  Dec 15, 2009  |  0 comments
Hitec’s keenly awaited 2. 4GHz debut has finally arrived with modules for the existing transmitters and this range topping, frequency hopping Aurora 9 which offers notable features including a 5. 1” back-lit touch screen for programming – the first consumer radio to do so. With 30 model memories, assignable switches, customisable programming menus, 3 model types, 9 assignable channels, 8 flight conditions, 9 wings types, 5 tail types and a whole host of mixes and menus, it’s going to give the competition something to think about – oh and it has a data telemetry facility too, the receiver sending real-time information that can be viewed onthe transmitter screen.
David Ashby  |  Jun 28, 2012  |  0 comments
If you're on the lookout for thin servos, perhaps for that pylon racer wing then you'll be pleased to know that Hitec’s new 20g HS7115TH dual bearing digital wing servo measures an incredible 8mm deep (26 x 8 x 38mm). Not bad eh? It operates within a voltage range of 6-7. 4v making it compatible when two-cell Lithium Rx batteries are connected too. Add some titanium gears and a torque rating of 3.
Peter Russell  |  Sep 12, 2011  |  0 comments
Republished here, in 1987 Peter Russell wrote a number of articles for RCM&Ecovering the history of radio control developments. There can be few who enjoy the present state of R/C, with radio gear that is sophisticated, reliable and cheap, easily built models with good performance, a large range of supporting fittings and gadgets, who have much idea of how this Utopian state of affairs came about. To cover the history of R/C fully would be far too long and tedious for an article such as this, for there were a number of periods when no apparent progress was being made. But an attempt to pick out the more interesting ‘high spots’ might reveal some ‘little-known-facts’ about our favourite hobby.
Peter Russell  |  Sep 14, 2011  |  0 comments
This MacGregor unit is a pulse proportional set which came to be known as Galloping Ghost - the rudder and elevator flapped! By the mid-1960s, reliable radio gear giving controls comparable to that of ‘full-size’ planes had arrived and was in general use. This was the period of enormous progress when within a few years the mythical ‘average modeller’ went from lumbering free-flight orientated designs, with a crash due to either pilot error or radio failure every few flights, to sleek fast types capable of the full range of aerobatic manoeuvres which were flown week-in-week-out with very few malfunctions. In these circumstances pilot skill also made rapid progress until the top men reached a standard little different to standards prevailing today. This refers to the then predominating aerobatic field, you understand.
David Ashby  |  Feb 24, 2009  |  0 comments
Well packaged and well made, the usual Jeti quality is here. Jeti, the respected Czech manufacturer has just joined the frequency revolution by launching a 2. 4GHz radio system called 'Duplex'. The companies existing range of receivers and ESCs are held in high regard by modellers, so this new modular R/C system has been eagerly awaited, not least because it offers a number of 'new generation' features not found on existing 2.
David Ashby  |  May 24, 2010  |  0 comments
The respected Jeti Duplex 2. 4GHz system is now available pre-fitted to the Graupner MX-12 and MX-16 transmitters. Duplex has, until now, only been supplied in the form of plug-in transmitter modules but that's set to change with the introduction of these new dedicated transmitters to which the Duplex system is pre-fitted. Jeti have taken the opportunity of re-designing the Jeti Box unit connectors for this exercise so, as you can see, the unit now plugs directly into a socket mounted at the top of the transmitter, the connector itself supporting the Jeti Box.
David Ashby  |  Jul 08, 2009  |  0 comments
Jeti Duplex radio system users will be pleased to learn that the first batch of MVario sensors has arrived in the UK. They're tiny too, so lack of space shouldn't be anissue when it comes to fitting in a model. The unit is designed to operate with Jeti's Duplex 2. 4GHz system and provides real-time data back to the Jeti Box screen- itself connected to the transmitter module.
David Ashby  |  Aug 10, 2010  |  0 comments
The 11X must be one of the most radically styled transmitters to have appeared. The folks at JR have broken the mould with their stunning new radio system. The sleek design is, to quote the press release, "heavily influenced by Japanese 'Gundam' model robots" and should be in the UK in the first quarter of 2010. The 11X Zero, to give it its full name, has 11 channels, 30 model memories and an SD card slot.
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  |  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  |  Aug 08, 2011  |  0 comments
Good news everyone, it looks like the XG7’s big brother is set to arrive in the UK sooner than expected, indeed, as this issue goes to press. The XG8, a Li-Fe battery powered, 8-channel radio has 30 model memories and an SD card slot for expanded storage and data sharing. It’ll use JR’s DMSS 2. 4GHz system that provides receiver battery voltage telemetry as standard and the ability to reflect real-time data from other add-on sensors too.
David Ashby  |  Feb 09, 2010  |  0 comments
Visual similarities with the DX6i are there although ergonomically theDX8T is much improved. Quality of the materials seemed very good. Just unveiled at the Nuremburg 2010 trade expo, Horizon Hobby had the long awaited higher end Spektrum radios in the forum of this, the new DX8T and the new DX10T. At the moment they're scheduled to arrive in the summer.
Frank Skilbeck  |  Oct 28, 2021  |  0 comments
Frank Skilbeck used Century UK's neat compact radio to test fly his Max-Thrust Riot

Microzone radios are distributed in the UK by Century UK and at present they offer the MC6A six channel and MC10 ten channel sets.

David Ashby  |  Feb 17, 2009  |  0 comments
Multiplex have been busy rolling out their first 2. 4GHz R/C system over the last few months soit's time to take a closer look. The company are keen to stress that this is a 2ndgeneration 2. 4GHz system that includes data telemetry (more on this in a moment).
David Ashby  |  Nov 03, 2009  |  0 comments
Long awaited, the new M-Link 2. 4GHz systems from Multiplex have just arrived in the UK. The mid-high end Royal Pro radios and modules arrived a few weeks ago and the upgraded 2. 4GHz Cockpit SX (pictured) has just joined them.

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