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Looking to pick up a Futaba 4PLS and see some come with the 'e' version of the R304SB receiver. I believe the 'e' version has an internal antenna. Curious if anybody had any thoughts on that (i.e. no wire). I have two 1/10 vehicles and an 1/8 scale buggy. Is the E version ok for 1/10? Maybe get the regular version for 1/8?
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Looking to pick up a Futaba 4PLS and see some come with the 'e' version of the R304SB receiver. I believe the 'e' version has an internal antenna. Curious if anybody had any thoughts on that (i.e. no wire). I have two 1/10 vehicles and an 1/8 scale buggy. Is the E version ok for 1/10? Maybe get the regular version for 1/8?
We use the E-version with built in antenna for all of Malin's electric vehicles (Xray XB2, XB4, XB8E, T4 and X12) and the normal version for the 1/8 nitro vehicles (XB8).

Works great

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Originally Posted by rcnewbie418 View Post
Looking to pick up a Futaba 4PLS and see some come with the 'e' version of the R304SB receiver. I believe the 'e' version has an internal antenna. Curious if anybody had any thoughts on that (i.e. no wire). I have two 1/10 vehicles and an 1/8 scale buggy. Is the E version ok for 1/10? Maybe get the regular version for 1/8?
Thats odd, I have the 4PLS also and I just looked in my radio box of my Losi SCTE. The RX I have is the R304SB. I picked up mine new last year.

http://www.futabarc.com/systems/futk...pls/index.html

According to Futaba's site, the 4PLS comes with the "non" 'E' RX.
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I run R614FFE almost exclusively on my 4PKS-R. Works great.
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AFAIK, the Japanese version comes with internal antenna receivers where as the locally distributed version, depending where you are from, comes antenna versions.

The internal antenna receivers are strictly for electric cars. They arent recommended for nitro applications or RC boat as there might be too much interference and range issue.

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Originally Posted by disaster999 View Post
AFAIK, the Japanese version comes with internal antenna receivers where as the locally distributed version, depending where you are from, comes antenna versions.

The internal antenna receivers are strictly for electric cars. They are recommended for nitro applications or RC boat as there might be too much interference and range issue.
Thanks. Actually, the one I'm looking at is on a certain auction site via RC Mart coming form Hong Kong. My cars are electric (on medium size tracks) no plans for nitro. It's a good price for the radio and two RXs. Just want to make sure these (the 'e' versions) would be ok? Curious if/when I get it 'AFAIK' will be on the radio vs. Futaba?
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You'll be fine with those receivers. I run them on my cars as well and dont have any problems
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You'll be fine with those receivers. I run them on my cars as well and dont have any problems
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The "e" rx's are designed for smaller tracks. Personally I run the 304 with the antenna the extra $10 is well worth the peace of mind. Just make sure you set the fail safe.
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The "e" rx's are designed for smaller tracks. Personally I run the 304 with the antenna the extra $10 is well worth the peace of mind. Just make sure you set the fail safe.
Actually no……the "E" receivers are made for electric powered vehicles.

No problem running the "E" receiver in the XB8E even on the very biggest of tracks.

Been doing this for years now without issues with both the 4PKS, 4PKS-R and 4PX

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The E receivers are made for short tracks like mostly indoor electric tracks. That it works on larger tracks will not say it will work for everyone. It would be disapointing if you buy an E receiver and it works not for you. Be wise and chose save by getting the normal antenna version.
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The E receivers are made for short tracks like mostly indoor electric tracks. That it works on larger tracks will not say it will work for everyone. It would be disapointing if you buy an E receiver and it works not for you. Be wise and chose save by getting the normal antenna version.
Nowhere in Futaba's littérature does it say that.

It says "Only for EP car models"

And our use of these receivers for the last 6 years in 1/8 electric offroad buggy confirms this.

Never ever have we lost signal even on the very largest outdoor tracks.

Receiver is mounted inside the receiver box in the Xray with no external antenna protruding.

For the 1/8 nitro buggies we use the regular receivers though.

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