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Old 03-28-2006, 06:29 AM   #1
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Default ko propo ex-10helios vs. futaba 3pk

got any comments between the 2? they retail almost the same price and i just want to know the pros and cons of each.
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Old 03-28-2006, 07:16 AM   #2
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both do about the same thing... Better off going to the hobby shop that has both and see how they feel in ya hand..... or go to the track and ask a driver to feel his (controller that is)
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I like the Helios because it feels a lot better in my hand. Plus, it looks cool as hell. They both have all the features you could ever want in a radio and both perform about the same. One advantage that the 3PK has is it's huge screen. But it's just so UGLY. Reminds me of a cop's radar gun...
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Yeah, I just got rid of my old M8 because it felt uncomfortable in my hand, and I switched to the JR-Z1 same as the Helios but synthesized. and I must say it feels soooooooo much better. I don't have to keep adjusting my grip, and during a race, that is a big distraction. My friend has the 3pk and it actually was heavier than my M8. so I can only imagine how it feels!

But I'd give a hands up to the Helios or the JR-z1
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Old 03-28-2006, 01:40 PM   #5
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Go with the KO you will like it!!!
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Old 03-28-2006, 01:45 PM   #6
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the only difference i know about the 2 is the futaba rx for the spektrum. they have a new one out for them where its faster then the orginal spektrum module and rx.

i have a helios and love it
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Old 03-28-2006, 04:57 PM   #7
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okay thanks to all who commented. il just check it in my LHS but it seems like ko is better hmmm
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Old 03-28-2006, 05:14 PM   #8
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Radios come down the personal preference. All the top end radios are excellent and will do anything you want them to. Go hold all three and pick which one is the most comfortable. Out of the M11, 3PK, and Helios I went with the Helios hands down. I love the drop down and angled out wheel. They are the only ones that offer that and it rocks!!!
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thanks. i will be checking on the m11 too.
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BTW, if you like the Helios/Z-1 go to Ko Propo's site and purchase one without the module for $179, then add the spektrum for $129. I just did this comming off a M11. Saved me a bunch of $$. So far the Helios has been a real winner in my book. Its not hard to program at all, feels great, and is light. But, dont take my word for it, feel one for yourself.
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i use helios.... i love it to the max... i was going to get a 3pk but heard from people that it's very heavy... and it does have that radar gun look... sux.. hehehehe
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Helios EX-10 is great if you are racing on-road electric. More functions than your microwave.

3PK is great if you are racing gas cars. Extra functions that come handy for gas cars.

So the 3PK would be a good choice if you plan to race both gas and electric.

(I have Helios)
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wait a few months and get Futaba's new 2.4ghz system:

I guess you guys haven't seen Futaba's 3PKS 2.4ghz system yet.. to be released in May. check out the reciever.. tiny and no antenna wires...




The 2.4 GHz module features a short aerial, and is installed in the recess in the transmitter in place of the conventional RF module.
The long telescopic aerial is no longer required to transmit the RF signal.
The Futaba SS system is significantly faster in its response time than existing systems, and offers no less than three times faster HRS FM modulation for fast digital servos, in spite of the 2.4 GHz SS system technology.
The RF module can be set to operate using standard FM modulation or the HRS FM modulation process.

Specification::
more Specification:
The PK-FSM 2.4 G RF module can be used in any of the following transmitters:
# Megatech T3PK
# Megatech T3PK(B)
# Megatech T3PKS(B)
# FF-3 (T3VC)
# FF-3 (T3VCS


he ultra-compact 2.4 GHz receiver does not feature an external flexible wire aerial. Instead it is fitted with a pair of special aerials inside the case, offset to each other by 90; these supersede the conventional aerial.
The new system offers two major advantages: on the one hand, the aerials, offset to each other by 90, are much less attitude-dependent than any conventional whip or flexible wire aerial. This diversity system also considerably reduces what are known as reception "dead points".
On the other hand the receiver is much easier to install and handle, and it is no longer possible to tread on the aerial accidentally and rip it out.
The receiver automatically detects the type of modulation in use, and can switch between standard FM and HRS-FM modulation.
One special feature offered by the R 603 FF receiver is its integral RS232 port.
This output is intended for use with a frequency scanner program, which can display the frequencies in use on the screen of a PC.
This interface can also be used to carry out detailed fail-safe settings.

Specification:
Channel spacing: 3.00 Weight: 14 g
Channel spacing: 1024 kHz Dimensions: 40x26x14 mm
Voltage: 4.8...6 Volts current: 80 mA
current: 80 mA
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Old 03-29-2006, 11:37 AM   #14
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I would call that receiver "ultra-compact".....
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Old 03-29-2006, 12:27 PM   #15
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One of the features I like on the 3pK is the ability to adjust the servo speed (Turn and Return)

Can you do this on the KO helios ?
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