Go Back  R/C Tech Forums > General Forums > Radio and Electronics
choosing a radio.... >

choosing a radio....

Like Tree2Likes
  • 1 Post By FlatSix914
  • 1 Post By Billy Kelly

choosing a radio....

Old 11-14-2018, 08:59 AM
  #1  
Tech Adept
Thread Starter
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 170
Trader Rating: 4 (100%+)
Default choosing a radio....

So my son and I are gonna start racing. He's 15... i currently have a spektrum dx3r. We are going to need another radio so I'm trying to decide if I should give him the 3xdr and buy myself a dx5 pro, or sell the dx3r and get 2 of the futaba 4pls that are on sale. I do have a trx4 crawler, but the rest are short course truck, tamiya m05 &6, xray tc4, and xray xb2. So, 4 channels should be fine.
Thanks!
The_Flash12 likes this.
FlatSix914 is offline  
Old 11-14-2018, 09:08 AM
  #2  
Tech Lord
iTrader: (8)
 
Billy Kelly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Far south suburbs of Chicago area
Posts: 14,110
Trader Rating: 8 (100%+)
Default

I’m slowly moving some of my vehicles to Futaba. I’ve been mostly using Spektrum for years. And until recently it really didn’t matter much to me. Controller was comfortable to use, and seem to overall fine. Over the summer I started noticing some inconsistent behavior. Same car with different receivers would respond different. Then using a cheap controller to compare I noticed even more differences.

All the others a race with use Futaba, except one who prefers Sanawa
smirkracing likes this.
Billy Kelly is offline  
Old 11-15-2018, 07:18 AM
  #3  
Tech Champion
iTrader: (33)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Austin,TX
Posts: 5,265
Trader Rating: 33 (97%+)
Default

Can't go wrong with Futaba or Sanwa, those are by far the 2 most popular systems in my area. I currently run Graupner, but that system is not in the budget range unfortunately.

Whichever system you choose, I would highly recommend you select a system that offers "Servo Speed" adjustment. Many drivers tend to select a servo that is too fast for their skill level because they are told "get the fastest servo you can afford" but this is some of the worst advice you can get. While I agree that a fast servo is a good idea in general, there comes a point of diminishing return. Most pros in my area will recommend a servo in the .08 to .12 sec/60° range, every driver has a different preference, so instead of buying 10 different servos, it's a lot easier to simply reduce the servo speed through the radio.

I recently tried to help a driver at the club with a Spektrum radio and the servo speed adjustment on it was wonky, to the point where the feature was useless. I personally try to stay far away from Spektrum for many other reasons, but having the ability to tune servo speed is what I feel is the single most important setup adjustment above anything else. It's a fact that slower servos are less likely to strip gears too

If it were me, I'd limit the choices between the MT-S or the 4PLS, both of these systems offer servo speed adjustment for a low budget price.

billdelong is offline  
Old 11-15-2018, 01:37 PM
  #4  
Tech Adept
 
wothrottle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 197
Default

Originally Posted by billdelong View Post
Can't go wrong with Futaba or Sanwa, those are by far the 2 most popular systems in my area. I currently run Graupner, but that system is not in the budget range unfortunately.

Whichever system you choose, I would highly recommend you select a system that offers "Servo Speed" adjustment. Many drivers tend to select a servo that is too fast for their skill level because they are told "get the fastest servo you can afford" but this is some of the worst advice you can get. While I agree that a fast servo is a good idea in general, there comes a point of diminishing return. Most pros in my area will recommend a servo in the .08 to .12 sec/60° range, every driver has a different preference, so instead of buying 10 different servos, it's a lot easier to simply reduce the servo speed through the radio.

I recently tried to help a driver at the club with a Spektrum radio and the servo speed adjustment on it was wonky, to the point where the feature was useless. I personally try to stay far away from Spektrum for many other reasons, but having the ability to tune servo speed is what I feel is the single most important setup adjustment above anything else. It's a fact that slower servos are less likely to strip gears too

If it were me, I'd limit the choices between the MT-S or the 4PLS, both of these systems offer servo speed adjustment for a low budget price.

That´s it !
wothrottle is offline  
Old 11-15-2018, 07:17 PM
  #5  
R/C Tech Elite Member
iTrader: (7)
 
lowspark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 565
Trader Rating: 7 (100%+)
Default

Switched from a Spectrum DX3R to a DX5R a year ago and no issues and no problems. Wish I would of switched sooner.
The new DX5 Pro is a step up from the 5R as Spectrum listened to the users and made some nice improvements.
And no problems with making adjustments... like any radio you have to learn how to navigate the screens and understand what each option does...

DX5 Pro on my Christmas list....
lowspark is offline  
Old 11-15-2018, 07:58 PM
  #6  
Tech Elite
iTrader: (40)
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Santa Clarita, CA
Posts: 2,588
Trader Rating: 40 (100%+)
Default

Originally Posted by FlatSix914 View Post
So my son and I are gonna start racing. He's 15... i currently have a spektrum dx3r. We are going to need another radio so I'm trying to decide if I should give him the 3xdr and buy myself a dx5 pro, or sell the dx3r and get 2 of the futaba 4pls that are on sale. I do have a trx4 crawler, but the rest are short course truck, tamiya m05 &6, xray tc4, and xray xb2. So, 4 channels should be fine.
Thanks!
stay away from the 4PLS.. the antenna is so easy to break. you are better of getthing the 3PV

or you can always buy my 4PV ... It comes with a drop down attachment, 1 Life transmitter battery , 1 NiMH transmitter battery, oversized wheel, original steering wheel, manual, and box.
Phillip F is offline  
Old 11-16-2018, 02:01 AM
  #7  
Tech Champion
 
Roelof's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Holland
Posts: 9,529
Default

Originally Posted by Phillip F View Post
stay away from the 4PLS.. the antenna is so easy to break. you are better of getthing the 3PV
.
Agree but if you handle and store the transmitter with care nothing will go wrong with the antenna.
Roelof is offline  
Old 11-16-2018, 07:23 AM
  #8  
Tech Champion
iTrader: (33)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Austin,TX
Posts: 5,265
Trader Rating: 33 (97%+)
Default

Originally Posted by Phillip F View Post
stay away from the 4PLS.. the antenna is so easy to break. you are better of getthing the 3PV

or you can always buy my 4PV ... It comes with a drop down attachment, 1 Life transmitter battery , 1 NiMH transmitter battery, oversized wheel, original steering wheel, manual, and box.
I don't think the 3PV offers a "Servo Speed" adjustment, I would stay away from this system for any club racing. Servo speed adjustment trumps any other feature IMO.
billdelong is offline  

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


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.