R/C Tech Forums

Go Back   R/C Tech Forums > General Forums > Nitro On-Road

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-31-2002, 11:49 AM   #1
Tech Rookie
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 13
Default Radio recommendations. any suggestions

Thinking of getting a new radio and don't really know much about them. anybody got any suggestions and what benefit will i see over the standard am hitec radio i've already got.

I heard that the airtronics mx-3 is good but it has no abs

This wil be used on my rs4/3 type ss and savage.

Any suggestions
nigel1210 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2002, 12:14 PM   #2
Regional Moderator
 
Darkseid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: At my computer, duh...
Posts: 9,033
Trader Rating: 8 (100%+)
Default

I really don't think that you should let the lack of abs deter you from trying the MX-3. You can't beat that price for the features it has.

That radio or the JR Racing XR3i seem pretty good for gas racing applications.

You can check both of them out in the latest issue of RCCA.
__________________
TLR 22...Tamiya F104...
Darkseid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2002, 04:38 PM   #3
Tech Master
 
squizzytaylor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Toronto NSW Australia
Posts: 1,119
Default Re: Radio recommendations. any suggestions

Quote:
Originally posted by nigel1210
Thinking of getting a new radio and don't really know much about them. anybody got any suggestions and what benefit will i see over the standard am hitec radio i've already got.

I heard that the airtronics mx-3 is good but it has no abs

This wil be used on my rs4/3 type ss and savage.

Any suggestions
ABS is cool but over-rated go with a "quality" radio that feels right, nobody can decide what feels right except for you.

gt

squizzytaylor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2002, 05:00 PM   #4
Tech Master
 
theRED5's Avatar
R/C Tech Charter Subscriber
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: near Athens,GA
Posts: 1,022
Default

ABS is not legal for ROAR racing.
__________________
I [I]AM [/I]the Driver !

Murnan Modified Motors

Mugen MRx4

Rocket Science Fuels

Auto Racing, Mountain climbing, and Bull fighting are the only true sports, all the rest are just games.
theRED5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2002, 10:13 PM   #5
Tech Master
 
Motorman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,911
Trader Rating: 1 (100%+)
Default

functional abs is not. simulated by the radio is because it is really not abs. it is pulsed brakes with no automatic compensation.
__________________
Just here to give the world grief.
Motorman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2003, 06:40 PM   #6
Tech Fanatic
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Bowie Md.
Posts: 832
Default

abs is cool to have but not completely necessary with properly setup radio brakes wouldnt lock up unless you want them to its all about setting your endpoints correctly

that being said the mx3 is a steal at the price jr xr3 is ok but not really very different from mx3 but costs more i had xr3 when i first started and it served me well but i upgraded to m8 for exponential which new xr3 now has

if your looking to spend some more money m8 is a good radio for around 240

i have a ko propo mars r and i think it is the best radio ever it is small and light and not hard to use has tons of adjustments more than i can ever need and it feels faster than m8 cost me 240

i had m8 and upgraded to mars r because my m8 was old and the battery pack was giving me problems i could have just replaced it but decide to try something new

novak makes a module for m8 when used with novak synthesizer reciever no crystals are needed pretty cool

futaba has new 3pk is supposed to be the baddest radio ever and i have heard great things about their radios but i dont like how it looks and its kinda expensive

i had a jr r1 for a week and it was ok but i felt that it may get broken with the big screen on the front and it cost alot
jason102276 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2003, 08:50 PM   #7
Tech Master
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: TEXAS. USA
Posts: 1,219
Trader Rating: 2 (75%+)
Default

Quote:
futaba has new 3pk is supposed to be the baddest radio ever and i have heard great things about their radios but i dont like how it looks and its kinda expensive
I have the new 3PK and it is AWESOME!!!

Its not very expenive if you know where to look!
Under $300 for a PCM radio and also the baddest radio on the market!!
PUNISHER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2003, 10:49 PM   #8
Tech Regular
 
torchedlh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: sf, cali
Posts: 413
Send a message via AIM to torchedlh
Default

check out the buy/sell forums of RC tech and RCCA.. there are some really good deals. I just got a brand new Mars EX-1 for only 130!. anyway, i'd say go with a pdf.. the mx-3 is cheap, but it feels cheap. Xr3 has a nice feel to it, but it lacks an exponential feature that the pdf and mx-3 has (called ARC).

a new mx-3 is about $120.
a new xr3 is about $170.
a new 3pdf is about $180.

but again check the boards. there are a few new xr3's floating around that might go for ~$110.
and some used 3pdf's for ~$100.
torchedlh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2003, 11:00 PM   #9
Tech Elite
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Valencia, CA
Posts: 2,897
Send a message via Yahoo to TambokGT
Default Re: Radio recommendations. any suggestions

Quote:
Originally posted by nigel1210


I heard that the airtronics mx-3 is good but it has no abs

This wil be used on my rs4/3 type ss and savage.

Any suggestions
"ABS" sucks up all your battery juice......and it is just "brake" in pulse action....doesn't really work.
TambokGT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2003, 11:07 PM   #10
Tech Elite
 
popsracer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: "Hot, Sunny Southern California"
Posts: 3,120
Default 3PK and it is AWESOME!!!

PUNISHER;

Any complaints about your Futaba yet.

I got to hold one in my hands at the track a few weeks ago and I must say it feels even better an my 3PDF.

Thanks
popsracer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2003, 07:57 AM   #11
Tech Master
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: TEXAS. USA
Posts: 1,219
Trader Rating: 2 (75%+)
Cool

NONE REALLY......

PUNISHER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2003, 10:55 AM   #12
Tech Adept
 
kino2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 116
Default

I've been using KO radios for yrs, really like the feel of it.
kino2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2003, 08:28 PM   #13
Tech Initiate
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Thailand
Posts: 38
Default

I have tried many transmitters and servos over the years but the Futaba Magatech 3PJ I have been using the past year has been excellent. And the Futaba s9540 servos I use are very fast, stong and reliable. I bought this combination more than a year ago and have had NO problems. I drive my nitro car on our track 12 to 16 hours a week. I have bought cheap servos in the past but it just wasn't worth all the trouble. I actually will save money this year as I am sure I won't need to purchase another servo to replace a faulty cheap one.
speedoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2003, 02:28 AM   #14
Tech Elite
 
Boomer's Avatar
R/C Tech Charter Subscriber
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Southern Cal - Claremont
Posts: 3,346
Send a message via ICQ to Boomer Send a message via AIM to Boomer
Default

Whichever radio you pick up, touch it - feel it first! I almost bought a radio that my hand just wouldn't fit in well. Since you're gonna be holding it for some time. . .get one that also feels good (not discounting the nice features either. . .)
__________________
-
RC10L2.5W - RC12.4 - RCNTC3(bmi) - TC4 (modded) - B44.2 - plus rent-a-rides! :D
Boomer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2003, 07:54 PM   #15
Tech Adept
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 140
Default

Hi guys,

Which one is better, the Futaba 3PK or the proven Airtronics M8? I heard that many champions used the M8.

darthkir is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Radio - Suggestions? th3ha1og0d Radio and Electronics 6 05-01-2008 07:35 PM
radio suggestions SeattleRCer Electric Off-Road 10 01-26-2006 06:18 PM
Need A Good Radio 4 my TC3...suggestions? terryk2003 Electric On-Road 2 08-11-2005 06:45 PM
Radio suggestions, under $250... RCknight Electric On-Road 3 07-22-2005 10:49 AM
Radio recommendations..... DFroyd Electric Off-Road 42 11-18-2004 04:47 AM



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. It is currently 06:40 AM.


Powered By: vBulletin v3.9.2.1
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Advertise Content © 2001-2011 RCTech.net