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Old 08-03-2004, 12:30 PM   #1
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I'm looking to buy a new radio soon. What radios have about 1000 feet of range? Mine is out of range in only a couple 100 feet, so I have to have someone grab my car after I do a speed run (it take about 400 to 500 feet to hit top speed, 70mph).

How is the futaba 3pdf? A few guys a my local track had 3 or 4 of those. The rest had JR's and m8 radios.
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Any radio with 1000 feet of range will mostly be aircraft radios. I believe, i.e. not sure, that it is against FCC regulation to use a aircraft radio for surface vehicles.
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Any with about 500 feet of range?
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The max I have seen is is 300+.........been around the hobby for a while and haddn't ran across one that has a 500ft range.

You didn't hear it from me, but I heard and seen a few guys who "tweaked" their radios to reach 400ft. I don't think you would want to do that..........
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Is that the m8 and 3pk and other high end ones?
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What do you want with 1000 feet of range? At that range it'd be hard to see anything smaller then an 1/5th scale car.
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I can see my car just fine at 500 feet. I guess I only need 500. Since my car would pass me half way during the run and go the other 500 feet. I have a 1000 foot area that I drive it, but my radio can't go 500 feet. My car takes 400 to 500 feet to get to 70mph, but I need more range to go faster. If I get more range, I'll get more cells on the battery pack.
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Maybe so, but every new radio system has a range somewhere between 300 to 350 ft. Anything further, your model may be out of sight.

What are you planning to do? There is a way you can increase your radio range: it is called a frequency booster. But like I said it is for aircraft applications only. The booster is for the r/c airplanes we shoot down during target practice and Bradley gunnery..........

been trying to get one of those things after they shoot them down......can't seem to find them though.
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So would a JR xr2 radio have about 300 feet of range?
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Are you sure its 1000' you run? I dont think Ive even seen 1/8th scale gas cars take that long to get to speed.

Ive never seen a problem with radio range, even the cheapie AM ones seem just fine at our track, which is pretty large as far as tracks go (1/8th scale race on it)
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It take me 400 to 500 feet to reach 70mph, which is out of my range, but I do it anyways, then crash. And I run on a very smooth street (which is about 1000 feet long, untill I can't see my car), untill the new drag strip and track opens at my lhs.

What about the range on a futaba 2pl?
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Every surface radio system will have at least a 300+ foot range. Anything after that it is either aircraft transmitters and recievers or a booster, with you'll need a FCC amature operator license.
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My radio only has about 150 feet of range. So would a new futaba 2pl or a JR xr2/xr3 radio have at least 300?
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Yeah, or you can buy new Nicad batteries and or crystals......that should bring you range back to 300 ft. If not then its buy buy buy!
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If I use alkaline batteries/regular AA, will my range go down. And with my radio, a futaba 2pc, I could get the range up to 300 feet?

What batteries should I get for it.
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