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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.
David Ashby  |  Aug 20, 2007  |  0 comments
The latest Spektrum receiver is a six channel, ultra light, dual unit that offers all the features and specifications that are found on its bigger brothers the 7 and 9 channel receivers. The new AR6200 unit is a full range receiver that features the full DSM2 technology whilst still only weighing in at a mere 10g. With small physical dimensions, it should be easy to install in a model making it the ideal receiver for a vast range of both fixed wing and rotary aircraft where small size and light weight are an advantage. Sturdily constructed in a tough plastic case, this receiver is at home in the fun flyer or larger fuel and electric powered models, whilst it is still strong enough to withstand all the rough and tumble associated with 3D manouevers.
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  |  Jul 31, 2007  |  0 comments
When we look back on the year 2007 I think we'll use just a couple of numbers to sum up our flying memories. . . 2.
Tim Mackey  |  Jul 14, 2007  |  0 comments
An Orca 3s 11. 1v 2600mAh Transmitter Li-Po battery Using Li-Po's to power your receiver and transmitter? Why would you want to do this? Ok, let me start by looking at some advantages - Li-Po’s are always ready for use, they have hardly any self-discharge, unlike NiMH cells. They’re lighter than equivalent capacity NiMH cells (usually an advantage in aeromodelling). They wont drop voltage to the level that the airborne radio may stop working.
Simon Cocker  |  Feb 14, 2007  |  0 comments
The Evo 7 package includes a 7-channel 35MHz (FM / PPM 10kHz) Tx that’s equipped with a full complement of switches, sliders and two 3D digi-adjusters. A multi-function socket on the back provides the charge point, trainer, simulator and PC interface, and the unit is powered by a pre-installed 6-cell, 1500mAh, 7. 2V power pack. Also included is a 7-channel Micro-IPD Rx, together with a standard RF module.
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.
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.
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.


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