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Old 03-17-2004, 11:06 PM   #1
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Im wondering whats a good radio that is in the $0-$80 range
and the $80-120$
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Old 03-17-2004, 11:13 PM   #2
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You might be able to find a used M8, that is what I would do.
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Old 03-17-2004, 11:15 PM   #3
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Another good choice is the Airtronics MX3. Check it out here.
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...I=LXCHA8**&P=7
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Old 03-17-2004, 11:30 PM   #4
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the futaba 2PL is a good cheap radio, my brother just got one and he really likes it.
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Old 03-18-2004, 12:04 AM   #5
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Choose a brand: Futaba, Airtronics(Sanwa), JR or KO PRopo.

Go for a synthesized radio (no crystals). A new Futaba and a new Airtronics MX3S is on its way.

You'll fork out about $180 without the servos though. Make the investment now. Make sure that most of the trims, tuning can be done electronically (mechanical trims are out). Must have at least 10 model memory. If you're racing T-Max or Savage, make sure its at least a 3-channel radio. ABS works well for larger scales those with independent braking to all four wheels.

But, very importantly, choose a radio that feels comfortable in your hands.

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Synthesized is the way to go. No hasseling with crystals. I have the JR XS3 and am very happy with the performance/price.
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Synthesized is good, however a friend of mine had a synth radio with a frequency close to the one that my 27Mhz radio had and we had interference problem. I've also had this problem at the track with someone with a synth radio.

I've got a Futaba 2PL and am really happy with it, has all the features you really need (multiple models, end points, abs etc) without being really expensive...
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Old 03-18-2004, 02:28 AM   #8
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futaba 3pfd, tower hobbies sell it for about 120us, damm good radio.
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Go with the MX-3 . Has a good number of model memory, its FM, and can be used with the 3 channel monster truck easily. The screen also is VERY easily to read.

I used to have a JR XR3 radio and it was good, but the MX-3 really is in a class by itself. Personally, I wouldn't get the radio with any servos since you probably want to select better servos than the stock ones anyway.

Order from ultimatehobbies. They sell the MX-3 Radio with no servos for around $90 with free shipping right now. Only thing is if you don't call in you can select the frequency you want. But for the price, it was a great deal.
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how much is the xs3?
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so for the under 100$ range its the Futaba PL
around 120 its the MX3 or PDF and top end its the usuals
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would u guys recomend getting the 2PL or the MX3? cuz there is a large price gap between em- whats the advantage of the MX3
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The 2PL is AM and the MX3 is FM. For the price, the 2PL radio looks like a very good starter radio. As for the advantages of FM over AM for "R/C" use....there have been many a debate over that.

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I think you should invest in a 3 channel synthesized FM radio. The Hitec Agressor CRX is just such a radio that I happen to own. But you could easily go with the JR XS3 radio to get the same functions.

FM frequency has 29 bands to work with and if it's a synth radio, no worries about buying crystals. If you invest in Synth recievers you'll never buy a crystal and you'll be flexible in any situation regarding frequency.

I wouln't skimp on the radio end of the hobby. Get a radio that does everything and you'll be free to think about other important things like motors and batteries/fuel.

The Hitec CRX is good because it has a 20 model memory so you should never run out of setting space. But you should also consider what it feels like in your hand. You'll be holding it for relatively long periods of time and it shouldn't EVER be uncomfortable to hold your Transmitter.
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Old 03-19-2004, 04:30 AM   #15
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2PL or MX3? Well, hard choises !

I think the main difference s is 2 or 3 channels and AM versus FM.

FM for sure is more glicth free, but many people in our club do fine with AM.

The 3. channel of the MX3 can be important. If plan on getting an Savgae or something similar, you'll probably need that channel for shifting gears.

In the small issues department, check out the sizes of the RX's, if you like to get the smallest RX. The 2PL got ABS. That can be nice on slippery surfaces, or if you later on want to run a one-way. But personally, I dont brake at all. The MX3 got an expo feature, which allows you to customize the feel of steering and throttle. Personally, I find that quite important for the throttle, since it can give much better control. But again, these things are minor, compared to the choise of 3-channel and FM versus AM.

One final thought: Buy cheap, cry often. But buy expensive, and you only cry once.
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