Airtronics newest entry level radio that is great for any basher, the MX-V. These value 2.4ghz radios always catch my attention because at times, you get some serious bang for the buck without the cost of the higher end units. Compatibility is always important within a line (receivers that work with all the FHSS surface radios within the family) so sometimes you get the core of a really high end radio system at a great price.
The new R204GF-E is Futaba‘s best attempt yet at creating a micro sized receiver. While still not the smallest receiver out there, this one is certainly a valiant attempt at shrinking the footprint on their rather large (comparatively) receivers. The R204GF-E is a 4 channel, 2.4 GHz receiver made to pair with Futaba’s sport line of radios that operate using the S-FHSS/FHSS system. So those of you with a 3PL, 4PL, or 3PRKA radio might want to give this one a look. Other features include an operating voltage of 4.8 to 7.4v, a built in antenna with an approximate 230ft receiving range and a weight of only 6g.
The R204GF-E should be hitting hobby shop shelves around the end of January with a MSRP of $49.99. we would normally point you to the Futaba website for more info, but the receiver isn’t there yet. So here’s a link to a video of ducklings being blown around by the wind. If you laugh at their anguish you are a heartless monster!
Hitec does one thing really well, release a lot of new servos. Here’s their latest, the HS-7235MH and HS-7245MH. Both of these are high voltage, coreless mini servos suitable for smaller scale cars and trucks as well as light planes and helis. At 6 volts the 7235 is rated at 50 oz-in with a transit speed of 0.09 second and the 7245 does 72 oz-in @ 0.13. Step that up to 7.4v and they go to 61 oz-in @ 0.08 and 89 @ 0.11. Both feature metal gearsets for extra durability and ball bearings for smooth operation.
They still aren’t listed yet, but keep an eye on Hitec’s website for more info.
Surprisingly there’s still some companies out there that haven’t realized the importance of 2.4 GHz radios yet, and they’re still including 27 MHz gear with their RTRs. Or maybe you’re one of the more intelligent fellows that decided to buy a kit rather than a RTR and now you need a radio to go along with it. For both situations Futaba has a new budget radio system for you to check out. Their new 3PRKA is a 3 channel, 2.4 GHz radio built on Futaba’s FHSS technology. Being a budget radio, there isn’t much in the way of extra features, but you will find the usual collection of trims, end point adjustments, and servo reversing. The package also includes a R203GF receiver which is a high voltage capable receiver that will take 4.8 – 7.4v.
The 3PRKA will be hitting around the middle of this month with an MSRP of $89.99 while street prices will likely be a bit cheaper. Keep an eye on the Futaba website for more info.
This is some news from the flyboy side, but it’s just too impressive to pass up. Futaba has announced a new 18-channel, computer controlled, 2.4 GHz transmitter, the 18MZ. It’s packed full of high-end features like a touch screen LCD for changing all the settings. You’ll also find a SD card slot for storing multiple model settings and future firmware updates. There’s a USB port for connecting USB thumb drives for storage, or plug it in to your computer for downloading flight telemetry, or maybe you want to use a keyboard and mouse with your transmitter, well now you can… wait, what? And to top it all off, Futaba decided to throw a camera into it, too.
So what features can we expect from Futaba’s next radio? I think 3G/4G data connectivity for web browsing between flights, cell phone and/or Skype compatibility, text messaging, a video and music player for those boring waits in the pit area, a larger touch screen with higher resolution, and maybe a HD video camera. You know what, they should just put a big antenna on the iPad. Oh wait, somebody is already working on that.
The absolute best feature of this radio though, is that it’s compatible with FASST, FHSS, and S-FHSS receivers. Now, if only the 4PKS had that. The 18MZ should start shipping later this summer, no word on price, but First Born or Arm and Leg are probably accurate. Check it out on the Futaba website for the full story.
Radiopost has been teasing their TS401 radio for a little while now in the print rags and other places. Now they’ve sent out the official PR on it. The TS401 is a 4 channel, 2.4 GHz radio built on a proprietary chipset. One of it’s cooler features is a large, full color screen that swivels down for storage. It also features an internal antenna, a swappable wheel for righties or lefties, all kinds of cool programmable features like brake mixing, anti-lock braking, and all the other things you’d expect on a high-end radio. The TS401 also includes TWO five channel receivers in the box, helping you to quickly fill two of the 20 model memory slots. It’s not often we see a new company jump into the high-end radio market, so it’s cool to see some new competition in the arena.
The Radiopost TS401 has an MSRP of $449.99 and is available now direct from the Radiopost website. If you are a dealer interested in carrying Radiopost products, contact them.
Radiopost TS401 gallery
Spektrum has another new radio for entry level enthusiasts. The DXC3 is a 3 channel, 2.4 GHz radio built on Spektrum’s DSM2 tech. Among the features of the DXC3 include 20 model memory, assignable switches, programmable channel mixing, four-way steering mixing, and all the various other things you should expect in a modern radio like trims, servo reversing, and exponentials. Spektrum also has a few different grips available in various sizes so you can adjust the feel of the radio to your tastes. There’s also a SD card slot hidden under the grip to make software updates to the radio quick and easy. Spektrum is also saying that this radio is marine compatible, unlike some of their earlier entries.
The list price for DXC3 will be $179.99 with street prices probably about $50 less and it should be available “soon.” Check out the Spektrum website for more info.
Spektrum DXC3 gallery
It’s not a patented Big Squid RC giveaway (another one coming soon, keep your eye on the front page), but it’s still an awesome giveaway. Traditional and online retailer Hobby People is giving away 25 radios over the next couple months. All you have to do is subscribe to their newsletter and, as along as you’re a resident of the US, US territories, or Canada you just might win your choice of an Airtronics SD-10G competition aircraft radio or, more pertinent to us, a super high-end Airtronics M11X.
So to get your name in the hat get on over to the Hobby People website and sign up.
Budget radios are everywhere these days and HPI is not one to be left out of the fun. Their TF-20U radio, which has been the 2.4 GHz pack-in radio for many of their RTRs, is now available separately. Being a budget radio it’s not big on features, having only 2 channels, a steering dual rate switch, throttle and steering trims, and servo reversing. There will be two packages available, one with the electric friendly RF-20 receiver and 4-cell battery box, and one with the nitro-centric RF30 receiver, which only works with 6v (5 cell) batteries and includes a low-voltage cutoff. You can also expect to find a switch harness in both packs.
The MSRP for the TF-20U is $129.99 and it should be on it’s way to hobby shop shelves now. Check out the HPI Racing website for more info.
The Futaba mothership is showing off a new entry level radio. Now I don’t read Japanese, but from various other sources I was able to cobble together that the new 3PRKA will be a 3 channel, 2.4 GHz radio with some minor features such as trims and servo reversing, possibly more. It’s going to be targeted at RTR owners that want to make the jump to 2.4. The Futaba JP site is listing a base price of ¥12915, which roughly converts to$155. It’s also suggested that this new guy will be hitting the Japanese market in March.
You can see the complete teaser image with the Japanese writing all over it at the Futaba Japan website. When we get more info from some English speaking people we’ll be sure to pass it along to you.
[hat tip to the Greek site RC Gossip for the info]
Axial really wants the budget bashers to open up their wallets today. Their new, low-cost, 2.4, 2-channel radio is about as bare bones as you can get. The AX-2 features throttle and steering trims, plus servo reversing. And… a wheel for steering… and a trigger for throttle control… oh and there’s an on/off switch too!
Ok, so it doesn’t really have any features, but for an MSRP of only $90 what do you expect? Isn’t the low-cost and high quality 2.4 GHz signal enough for you? If you’re looking for a 2.4 GHz replacement for some 27 MHz RTR gear, then the AX-2 may be a good place to start looking.
Check out Axial’s web site for more info.
Airtronics has been spending some time cooking up something new. The MT-4 is their new mid-range radio with all kinds of high-end features. It starts with a new, light weight pistol grip design that features adjustable steering movement, trigger, and a selection of grips. But more important is what’s packed inside. The onboard computer features a fast navigation system to get to the settings you need quickly and easily. Many of the external switches are assignable to different channels and tasks. Some of the programming options include 4WS steering mixing, anti-lock brakes, multiple types of EPA, and more. The telemetry features work in real time and sensors for monitoring receiver battery voltage, temps, and RPMs are included.
The MT-4 should be hitting shelves some time in February at a cost of around $250. Tell Airtronics to update their site so I can tell you to go there for more info.
Are you a lover of 2-stick radios? Do pistol grips just not push your buttons? Have you been waiting around for a budget 2.4 GHz radio in the form-factor you prefer? Wait no more, Core RC is here with their new CODE Sport 2.4 GHz FHSS radio. This low-cost, 2-stick wonder is about as bare-bones as you can get in radios. Beyond the reliable nature of the 2.4 GHz signal, this radio only features servo reversing and trims for steering and throttle. But you can get it for a low price of £39.99 (or just over $60 at current exchange rates) with a receiver, or £24.99 (~$40) for just the transmitter. That makes this one of the least expensive 2.4 GHz setups out there, and just about the only surface focused 2.4 GHz 2-stick setup (Futaba has one, the 3GR-FS, but it’s list price is $349.99).
For more info check out the Schumacher web site, the distributor of CORE R/C products.