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Old 05-27-2008, 10:11 AM   #1
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I am new at the whole rc racing world. What would be the best for me to use to get started. And also what are good sites to go to get information. If anybody could help me it would be greatly appreciated. If anybody knows where I could go to get a list of racing tracks on the east coast it would be appreciated also.
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Hi, Welcome to RcTech!

The best thing for you to get started is to goto your track, introduce yourself, and see what people are running and using there.

You have arrived at the best site for information and help!

But I cannot help you with the tracks. Sorry, I guess I will help you by bumping this thread.
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I am new at the whole rc racing world. What would be the best for me to use to get started. And also what are good sites to go to get information. If anybody could help me it would be greatly appreciated. If anybody knows where I could go to get a list of racing tracks on the east coast it would be appreciated also.
There are a good bunch of guys that race a a couple tracks down your way. I've been to 2 of them, Mimi's in MD (www.rctrack.com) and there is a great hobby shop in glenn burnie MD (pm punkboy), there is also a track locator thread here on rctech (http://www.rctech.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=37 ) . I race at the mushroom bowl (http://www.themushroombowl.com ) and there is a really nice track in New Castle delaware at www.bluediamondpark.com oh and there is 301 raceway in MD too

As far as sites go this one is the only one i really use, they have just about everything here and the userbase is pretty active. You can find answers to questions you didn't even know you had.
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It is an abbreviation used in slang to refer to radio systems that operate at 2.4 GHz. All the major radio companies are coming out with radios that operate on those frequencies.

The advantage to these systems is not having to worry about crystals or frequency clips. The other advantage is that as everyone flocks to 2.4, there are fewer people on 27 and 75MHz. So, there are fewer frequency conflicts than ever.
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It is a radio system that operates on 2.4Ghz frequency. It operates above most other noise so it reduces glitches from any of your equipment or equipment near you. Generally speaking, it eliminates frequency conflicts. If you are new to the hobby (which you say you are) and have not bought a radio, a dsm system would be a good choice to go with. They can be purchased for about the same price as a decent fm system, but they are more expensive than am systems.

As to what car you should get, we really need more information. We need to know what type of car you plan on driving. Whether or not you want to race it at a track and a budget would be nice as well. As to information, well you are at the right place. There is a lot of info here at rctech. I would almost guarantee that anything you can think to ask can be found by using the search feature. However it is a slow process, you will have to do a lot of reading to answer your question, but more reading generally means more learning.
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Also, if you are new to the hobby, resist the urge to buy "the best" of everything, support a local club if they have a low budget class.

Too many newcomers are put off by the high cost of rc, you don't need to have a good time racing by spending loads of $ if you have the right attitude and outlook of racing
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I was thinking about getting an onroad car I live near Blue Diamond Park. They have an on and offroad course. I am not sure if I want to use nitro or electric which would you suggest I don't want to go over 2 or 3 hundred for everything if I can get good stuff cheaper then that would be nice. Thank you
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personally, I prefer sedan but off road is just as good for the right guy

Watch the cars in action and see what takes your heart, im rubbish with jumps but with practice I could get to like it no doubt

Electric are easier to look after and clean than nitro (purley imho), but again dont let that put you off it.
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I was thinking about getting an onroad car I live near Blue Diamond Park. They have an on and offroad course. I am not sure if I want to use nitro or electric which would you suggest I don't want to go over 2 or 3 hundred for everything if I can get good stuff cheaper then that would be nice. Thank you
$200-$300 isn't very much when it comes to getting into the hobby. You are either going to have to find some really good used deals, or buy an rtr (ready to run).

Electric vs Nitro. That is a long debate, but a couple of things to know from a newcomer standpoint. Going electric even with an rtr you will need batteries and a charger. Now, there are cheap batteries and chargers you can pick up that will suffice for a time. Nitro comes with the mess of oily fuel and tuning, which can be difficult for someone without any experience.

I will say this, and I don't mean to scare you but you should know it is going to happen. Whatever you get, if you enjoy it and decide to stay with the hobby, you will be soon replacing. I don't know what it is, but this hobby will drain your pocket book fast.
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I was going to try to get a rtr just for a month or so. I know that I am probably going to want to get better stuff this is just until I really get into it. But the park near me Is only dsm and I am having a hard time finding them anywhere. Do you have any advice
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I was going to try to get a rtr just for a month or so. I know that I am probably going to want to get better stuff this is just until I really get into it. But the park near me Is only dsm and I am having a hard time finding them anywhere. Do you have any advice
There are very few cars on the market that come with DSM. I think that Losi's right now are the only ones. This kind of limits you to used with the hopes of getting a good deal on decent used gear.... Good luck.
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I was going to try to get a rtr just for a month or so. I know that I am probably going to want to get better stuff this is just until I really get into it. But the park near me Is only dsm and I am having a hard time finding them anywhere. Do you have any advice
I would look for a used spektrum system either here or on one of those horrible auction sites. You can probably pick up a dx2 or dx3 with rx for $100 or less. Unfortunately you are tacking on to the price of an rtr right there, as said above there are not many rtr that come with a dsm system. I would also suggest getting a used tc3 or tc4 touring car. They can be found for pretty cheap. Also a brushed esc (electronic speed control) is pretty cheap now since most people are turning to brushless (I have a gtx for sale, pm me if interested). You will still need a motor and a servo. I suggest starting with stock motors or a checkpoint money 19t (for longevity, you can get a lot of runs before needed your comm turned). But ultimately in the long run, it is cheaper to go brushless.
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I am new at the whole rc racing world. What would be the best for me to use to get started. And also what are good sites to go to get information. If anybody could help me it would be greatly appreciated. If anybody knows where I could go to get a list of racing tracks on the east coast it would be appreciated also.
in my opinion, start it out with a team associated tc5, great car. i think in my opinion, go 17.5 brushless for stock class racing. get your information here at rctech, almost every question is answered here.
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