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Which Transmitter You Should Buy...

bracesport

Legendary member
#61
I have the non-hall early T16 - I really like OTX - I might get a FRsky X-lite at some stage - small and very cool!

EDIT: Jumper and Radiomaster are releasing small OTX Tx's, so I will probably go down that path.
 
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#62
I have an old Futaba 6 channel radio that I have not used in years.

I am going to get back into flying planes, helis, drones....

What would you recommend I buy right now? I'm pretty out of the loop. I read through this thread, but some of the info is a few years old, and things are changing so fast.
 

rockyboy

Skill Collector
Mentor
#63
If you are based in the US, just want to fly, and don't like learning from youtube and spending time tinkering with settings, I'd recommend something in the Spektrum family.

If you enjoy learning and tinkering with stuff just as much as flying, love flexibility and are just fine with researching questions online and learning from youtube, go for one of the radios that run OpenTX. These days I'd recommend either Jumper or Radiomaster.

I recommend staying away from FrSky now and won't buy anymore of their equipment myself (even though I own 4 of their older radios). With the new ACCESS encrypted communication protocol they are heading down the "you must buy receivers from us and nobody else because our encryption locks you in path" - sort of like the Keurig coffee maker that would only use their own coffee cups and no competitors or generics.
 
#64
If you are based in the US, just want to fly, and don't like learning from youtube and spending time tinkering with settings, I'd recommend something in the Spektrum family.

If you enjoy learning and tinkering with stuff just as much as flying, love flexibility and are just fine with researching questions online and learning from youtube, go for one of the radios that run OpenTX. These days I'd recommend either Jumper or Radiomaster.

I recommend staying away from FrSky now and won't buy anymore of their equipment myself (even though I own 4 of their older radios). With the new ACCESS encrypted communication protocol they are heading down the "you must buy receivers from us and nobody else because our encryption locks you in path" - sort of like the Keurig coffee maker that would only use their own coffee cups and no competitors or generics.

Thank you!

Looking at these now. The TX16s looks great.

Just to be clear, since it is opentx, I would be able to bind it to a plane with a dsm2 6 ch um as3x rx bl-ese receiver?

I received a plane and the recommended transmitter is dsm2/dsmx. Just want to know if I would be able to fly it with an opentx transmitter like tx16s.
 
#65
Thank you!

Looking at these now. The TX16s looks great.

Just to be clear, since it is opentx, I would be able to bind it to a plane with a dsm2 6 ch um as3x rx bl-ese receiver?

I received a plane and the recommended transmitter is dsm2/dsmx. Just want to know if I would be able to fly it with an opentx transmitter like tx16s.
Hi, the TX16s radiomaster is the best radio I have bought in a long time. it is capable of handling a lot of different protocols ... To answer your question clearly, watch the video below.
 
#67
No, it's not my video. Before buy this radio I seen a lot of video like that, to be sure I can use it with a lot of different receivers.
Now I can say that this radio, under OpenTX, with multiprotocal internal RF, is very powerfull! Also, his price is really sheep.
Another youbube video for you...
 
#68
No, it's not my video. Before buy this radio I seen a lot of video like that, to be sure I can use it with a lot of different receivers.
Now I can say that this radio, under OpenTX, with multiprotocal internal RF, is very powerfull! Also, his price is really sheep.
Another youbube video for you...
Price is.... steep? You wrote "sheep".
 
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Hoomi

Master member
#71
My first two planes were RTF's that came with Tactic radios. I've been using Tactics now for over 3 years, with my wife gifting me the TTX-660 Tx for Father's Day a couple of years ago. I've had no issues with the Tactics, and for a reasonably priced radio system (6 channel Rx is $25 -$30 USD), I've been pretty happy with them. Battery life on the TTX-660 is respectable, on 4 'AAA' batteries, and the display shows the current voltage level of the Tx batteries (it's nice to notice when it's getting towards the low side, and change them before it alerts of low voltage in the middle of a flight). The TTX-660 has multiple model memory, and one of the features is a programmable timer that can be tied to any one of the channel controls. I set the timer for a reasonable flight time, with enough "buffer" left on the flight battery for one or two go-arounds (or to linger a little if someone else is on the runway).

That said, looking at various vendor websites, it looks like Horizon is slowly phasing out the Tactic line. The assortment of both transmitters and receivers has shrunk, and it appears no RTF planes come equipped with Tactic radios any longer. I'm seriously considering picking up a Spektrum NX-8 a little later this year, to both open up my options on BNF planes, and against a possible complete discontinuation of the Tactic line.
 
#72
ok so i am looking at an opentx radio... (i don't mind programming)
the radio master tx18 and tx 16 look amazing...
which one would you suggest?
seems to me the main difference is the number of channels it can take
 

Bricks

Master member
#73
Not an answer to your question but I am a Spektrum guy and only considering going to Radiomaster is the bigger screen size as I have gotten older tough to read my DX9 screen. Next problem is finding one to purchase at least for me as I am looking at the Max version a little vanity going on as just a cooler looking transmitter.
 
#74
I’m looking at switching radios.. right now I have Futaba and their receivers are so expensive😶 What are the differences between the Radiomaster tx12 and tx16s other than having 4 less channels? 12 seems like all I’ll ever need. If I was to go with the t16s are the hall gimbals worth the extra $30?
 
#75
I’m looking at switching radios.. right now I have Futaba and their receivers are so expensive😶 What are the differences between the Radiomaster tx12 and tx16s other than having 4 less channels? 12 seems like all I’ll ever need. If I was to go with the t16s are the hall gimbals worth the extra $30?
The TX12 is much smaller and feels like a toy some people say. It's not color screen and doesn't support as many protocols as the 16. I don't think it has as many switches and I don't think it has voice alerts or haptics but I could be wrong.
 

Homey

Elite member
#76
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I’m looking at switching radios.. right now I have Futaba and their receivers are so expensive😶 What are the differences between the Radiomaster tx12 and tx16s other than having 4 less channels? 12 seems like all I’ll ever need. If I was to go with the t16s are the hall gimbals worth the extra $30?
I bought the TX16s two months ago. Love it. Mine came with Hall gimbals. Super smooth.
Fully customizable as well. I have my own intro flash screen with custom voice over. You can also charge your battery in the radio on the bottom C port. The top C port accesses the included micro SD where you keep all model shots, custom flash screens and custom audio. The storage foam case is great quality as well and has room for the strap and USB cables. Well. Worth. The. Money.

Peter
 

Homey

Elite member
#77
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I bought the TX16s two months ago. Love it. Mine came with Hall gimbals. Super smooth.
Fully customizable as well. I have my own intro flash screen with custom voice over. You can also charge your battery in the radio on the bottom C port. The top C port accesses the included micro SD where you keep all model shots, custom flash screens and custom audio. The storage foam case is great quality as well and has room for the strap and USB cables. Well. Worth. The. Money.

Peter
Should also add it is multi- protocol and that was the closer for me!
 
#79
hey guys has anyone had any experience with a Hitec Optic 6 sport?
I have no expierence with it, but I readed the specs, only 10 model memory, you have more than 10 models?
Also it uses a specific protocol, if you later want another brand transmitter, than you have to buy new receivers too.
I should go for a multiprotocol transmitter, they are also cheaper than this radio and they have more functions and channels.
 

sprzout

Knower of useless information
Mentor
#80
My first two planes were RTF's that came with Tactic radios. I've been using Tactics now for over 3 years, with my wife gifting me the TTX-660 Tx for Father's Day a couple of years ago. I've had no issues with the Tactics, and for a reasonably priced radio system (6 channel Rx is $25 -$30 USD), I've been pretty happy with them. Battery life on the TTX-660 is respectable, on 4 'AAA' batteries, and the display shows the current voltage level of the Tx batteries (it's nice to notice when it's getting towards the low side, and change them before it alerts of low voltage in the middle of a flight). The TTX-660 has multiple model memory, and one of the features is a programmable timer that can be tied to any one of the channel controls. I set the timer for a reasonable flight time, with enough "buffer" left on the flight battery for one or two go-arounds (or to linger a little if someone else is on the runway).

That said, looking at various vendor websites, it looks like Horizon is slowly phasing out the Tactic line. The assortment of both transmitters and receivers has shrunk, and it appears no RTF planes come equipped with Tactic radios any longer. I'm seriously considering picking up a Spektrum NX-8 a little later this year, to both open up my options on BNF planes, and against a possible complete discontinuation of the Tactic line.
That was my dad’s biggest issue with Tactic when he first started out - it looked like it was getting phased out. He couldn’t find receivers for it at the local hobby shops; they were all carrying FrSky or Spektrum receivers because that’s what most people here in the area were flying with. He made the decision to switch to Spektrum after finding that 1) nearly everyone at the field was flying with Spektrum and could help him if he needed assistance configuring his radio, and 2) he could get the Spektrum receivers when he walked in to the hobby shop without having to try a “special order” or hunting for them online and finding they were out of stock.

Tactic may not be a bad radio and may have good features, but if you can’t get receivers for it or BNFs to fly, its days are numbered in my book.