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Old 08-22-2007, 09:44 PM   #1
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Anyone using this radio. A friend of mine has it and it feels real comfortable to me. Just wanted to get more info on it and see if anyones else is using one?
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Old 08-23-2007, 12:01 AM   #3
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I am using one. Very easy menu to navigate, HUGE screen, decent battery life, and my personal preference for comfort. I had an M11 for less than a month because of comfort. I just didn't like the feel of it. Great radio though. And I had a JR Z-1 for over a year that was great as well but the 3PKS is just that much more comfy and easier to use for me.
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Well I run an M8 and after a while it starts cramping the hand. I tryed my friends and the pain wasn't there. The M11 is a good radio to. But to many functions.
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Old 08-23-2007, 12:38 AM   #5
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The 3PK has just as many functions. It's just up to you to decide which ones to use.

Ultimatley it's up to you to figure out which radio feels the best in your hands.
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3pk is a bit more complicated than the other controllers. its also servo dependent, so you can only run digital servo with the specific receiver.
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Old 08-23-2007, 02:42 AM   #7
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You have to run digital servo's if you have the HRS (digital) receiver, but you can run analog or digital servo's with the non-HRS receiver and module, I do it all the time with my 3PK.
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Sorry if this is jacking the thread, but what is the difference between the 3pk and 3pks? I know it has some extra/special button for the screen but what else?
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FEATURES: Upgrades over the original 3PK include;

Expanded Driver Menu, with "New Driver" "Race-Ready" and "Expert" menus and a mid-level "Big" menu for drivers of 1/5 scale and larger vehicles

Redesigned Keypad, with jog button giving access to four different directions by moving button left, right, up or down and then pushing in

Vibrating Alert System, functions like a timer to let driver know when to bring a nitro car in for a pit stop or check battery life of electric model

Increased Model Memory, 20 models also compatible with CAMPac module adds another 10 models

Throttle Mode Select, choice of two servo neutral points 70/30 for nitro models and 50/50 model for electrics

Features unchanged from the original 3PK include;
APA (Advanced Positioning Adapter) for customizing balance and
wheel position
Large Backlit LCD Screen with adjustable contrast and 128 x 64
resolution
"Direct Select" single button access to 8 preassigned functions
Adjuster feature restores compromised settings to factory default
Assignable switch and dial functions
10 Digit Model and user naming: English or Japanese characters
PCM/PPM/HRS Selectable with 3-ch adjustable FailSafe for PCM/HRS
3 Function selection modes (New User, Race Ready Driver and Expert
provide 1/2/3 menus of features for just the right fit!)
PLUS the direct selection 2-key menu to up to 6 functions.
Steering Dual Rate and Dual Rate 2, both adjustable while driving
Servo display to show all 3 servo positions for easy setup/diagnostic
Anti-Skid Brake System (ABS) (Keeps tires from skidding, or
locking-up, even on gas cars) (with 5 adjustments)
Throttle Acceleration (decreases lag time before clutch or brakes
are engaged)
Steering and throttle exponential (3 forward expo types)
end point adjustments for all 3 channels (EPA/ATV)
Steering and Throttle servo speed limiters
Brake mixing for 1/5th scale cars with separate front and rear brakes
System adjustments for back lighting, pilot lamp color, home display
Servo Reversing
Idle-up for easy starts and engine cut for boat engine shut off
Start (Preset throttle start control. Limits throttle at the
beginning of a race to give smoother acceleration and less wheel
slip.) (similar to traction control on 3PJS)
Advanced timer w/100 lap recall & trigger activation
Trim/dial function selection (can assign different functions to the
different trim controls and dials)
Subtrim adjustments
Step trim adjustments (allows changing of trims in finer increments)
Programmable mixing
Tilt mixing for adjusting the trim tabs with the 3rd channel on boats
Third channel assignable to any dial/switch/trimmer/mix
MC-SETUP function for HRS receivers to properly setup ESCs
ADJUSTER function to manually calibrate trigger and wheel
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Had a 3pk for almost 4 years now. Just took out the Spektrum module and replaced with the Futaba Fasst 2.4 ghz. Was having glitching issues on a bigger track with the Spektrum that the Fasst cured.

Great radio!
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I run a 3pks and i love it. It was an easy transition from my JR XS3 radio. As for the digital servo issue, you dont have to run one as long as the radio is not set up in HRS mode. You can manually set that up.
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I have used the M8, M11 and Helios and this is by far my favorite radio ever!

Very comfortable and very easy to use, navigate and setup to your preferences as well.

Then add in Futaba's Fasst System and you have the ultimate radio.

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I also used the M11 and feels better then the M8. Don't if I can run gas with the M8. Thx guys for the info.
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How difficult are the setting to use on the radio.
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settings are very easy on the 's' as you have the four way to move around in menus..

with FAAST you can run analog or digital servo, you just have to switch the transmit mode to ppm from HRS


I have the much more lipo battery in mine and my radio is sooo light with great voltage and runtime
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