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THE Spektrum DX4S 4-Channel DSMR AVC Radio System Review

Spektrum DX4S Review

What’s the real scoop on Spektrum’s new AVC (Active Vehicle Control) system? Does it work? Can it truly make your car easier to drive? Is it just another marketing gimmick? Has range improved with the newer Spektrum products? We’ve been driving, testing, and beating on a Spektrum DX4S for weeks now and we learned a lot about it. To find out exactly what we learned, and to get the answers to all the questions above, hit the “Read More” button to get this party started…


Blade Nano QX dodging hangar queenAs I enjoy this heat wave in the Midwest (50 degrees, anyone?), I realized something. Never in my short time writing Raging Rotors have I discussed really what kind of ‘path’ one can take to become a competent RC Pilot. Well, better late than never! Over the next couple of articles, we will discuss steps to take to improve your skills and your tech to increase your pilot ‘street cred’. For you experienced RC Pilots, feel free to comment if you have any suggestions. RC is first and foremost a learning experience, so share your knowledge!

Hot Sauce's DX7sI’m a big fan of dedication. Many of you are likely looking into RC helicopters after putzing around with something already, whether a basic coaxial helicopter or one of the almost dozen basic quadcopters that have found their way to market in the last 18 months. If you are dead serious about getting into flying RC helicopters and multirotors, I would start by investing in a computerized radio. A computerized radio is more than your regular transmitter with trim buttons and gimbals, but one that not only (usually) has multiple model memory and a means of finite manipulation of specific flight channels (throttle, aileron, etc). For you Blade and E-Flite fans I’m talking minimally a Spektrum DX6 and JR Radios or for the Heli-max and Flyzone fans there are Futaba and Tactic radio systems. I flew my Blade Nano CPx on the stock non-computerized radio and also on a few different computerized radios, and there is a world of difference between the two. The primary difference is in the response to input: a computerized radio input provides almost instantaneous response in the aircraft. I was actually selling this concept to a coworker who flies one of the quads I own in an RTF format, and I had him fly mine on my Spektrum DX7s. Granted a baseline Spektrum DX6i is $140 and a Tactic TTX650 is $150, but I would not recommend this without the investment being worth it.

Next time on Raging Rotors: …Actually, I’m just going to spoil the title and leave the rest up to your imagination. Part 2 is ‘Pucker up, Buttercup!’

As always, feel free to leave comments about your experiences or ask me anything via kevin (at), but until next week, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!


Futaba 10JA Radio
The new Futaba 10J is packed with features for you flying enthusiasts. It is the first “J” series radio to come with telemetry and it lets you download new software to keep it up to date. The 10J also has voice synthesis that lets you hear the telemetry as you fly, plus special programming for multi-rotor aircraft.

The part number for the airplane version is FUTK9200, the part number for the helicopter version is FUTK9201, and they both have a street price of $349. Both versions are expected to ship later this month and you can get more information at This Link on Futaba’s website.

Click Right Here for the first “big air” TGIF mystery link of the day.

Spektrum DX6

More and more news makes its way to our front page as we continue to post more from the flurry of announcements out of Horizon Hobby from Nuremberg! Spektrum has updated its aircraft radio with the new Airwave powered DX6. Taking a page out of the new DX9, the DX6 has almost unlimited model memory (I doubt anyone will fill the 250 model capacity), as well as now offering the option of monitoring telemetry. The radio has an impressive list of features:

  • Ergonomically designed case with comfortable rubber grips
  • Capable of storing 250 models on the transmitter, expandable further by saving on an SD card or PC
  • Direct System Menu Access mean there is no need to power off the transmitter to access all menus
  • Includes Voice Alerts and Wireless trainer out of the box
  • Supports Air/Heli/Sailplane model types
  • Easy to use AirWare software offers the same proven programming found in more expensive radios
  • Smooth, precise Four Bearing Gimbals
  • AR610 6 Channel full range receiver included
  • Programming capability for most sailplanes, can support 4 Sailplane wing types and 3 tail types
  • Supports the most popular Spektrum Telemetry sensors
  • Includes 4 AA Alkaline batteries, optional Lithium Ion battery with charger (available separately)
  • 5 programmable mixes – all mixes are selectable to be normal or 7 point curve multi-point mixes
  • Dual Aileron, Elevon, and V-Tail Differential
  • 7 aircraft wing types and 5 tail types
  • 7 Swashplate types
  • 7-point throttle (air and heli) and pitch curves (heli) Adjustable for smooth throttle and pitch curves
  • Intuitive SimpleScroll™ programming interface
  • Advanced DSMX® technology (DSM2® compatible)
  • SD card slot for updating firmware, expanding memory and sharing setups
  • Activate bind mode from the menu or a button without having to power off

The part number is SPM6700, and has a street price of $230, and will be on hobby store shelves in a few months. You can find more information about the radio from Spektrum’s website via This Link.

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Tactic TTX300
The latest surface radio from Tactic is the TTX300. The TTX300 is intended to be an affordable upgrade for your RTR and uses SLT secure link technology to create an unbreakable link between the receiver and transmitter.

* Two button third channel control
* Comes with lightweight 3 channel receiver
* Steering rate adjustment dial
* Steering and throttle reverse and trims
* Frequencies- 2.403 – 2.480GHz
* Modulation- FHSS spread spectrum SLT
* Input Power- Four “AA” alkaline, NiCd, or NiMH cells

The part number for the TTX300 is #TACJ0300, it has a street price of $49, and they are expected to hit hobby shops early this Summer. Hit up This Link for more information.

The weekend is just around the corner why not give a TGIF Mystery Link a whirl?

Spektrum DX4C Transmitter
Want an affordable way to check out Horizon’s AVC Active Vehicle Control technology in your car? Well here it is, Spektrum’s new DX4C with SRS4210 receiver. To experience AVC all you have to do is remove your stock transmitter and receiver, then install the new Spektrum gear, pretty simple. To read more about what AVC technology can do for your car or truck, just Click Here.

* Frequency-agile DSMR 2.4GHz
* Comes with waterproof SRS4210 AVC receiver
* Allows independent adjustment of AVC for steering and throttle
* LCD screen
* 4 channels
* 20-model transmitter memory

The part number for the transmitter and receiver combo is #SPM4210 and it has a street price of $139. Click Here for more information over on the official Spektrum website.

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Graupner X-8E Touch Screen TransmitterIt seems that everything is going to touch screens, now they’ve even made their way to transmitters. The new Graupner X-8E not only has a 320 x 240 touch sensitive LCD screen, but has 4 channel output and telemetry. You can even use a micro-SD memory card to store the telemetry data. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* Touch screen
* Voice output via headphone
* Bluetooth external module
* Wheel can be mounted on left or right
* 2.4GHz operation
* Various timers
* Modes for crawling, track, or boats with 2 motors
* Anti-lock braking

The Graupner X-8E is priced at $350, although we could get no information on when, or even if, it will hit American shores.

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Hydro Dipping RC Radios - RC Custom Lab Workz
Tired of a using a plain looking stock radio? The crew over at RC Custom Lab Workz has a neat way of adding some bling to your transmitter. RC Custom Lab Workz are able to apply a variety of hydro dip patterns to your boring radio to make it look totally custom. There are hundreds of different patterns and colors to chose from and prices range from $45-$65. To find out more about which models can be hydro dipped and turn around times, simply click THIS LINK.

Looking for more information on hydro dipping? Check out THIS LINK on BigSquidRC.

Hop-Up Series Part #2 - Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3, Installing a New Radio System

The radio that comes stock with the Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 works fairly well. It has good range and a decent feel. However, if you are looking to make your MT-4 G3 the best it can be you’ll need to install a higher performance radio system. A better radio will not only make you feel more connected to your truck, but it allows you to pick one that perfectly suits the features and ergonomics you are looking for. We highly recommend you try them in person to ensure the best fit for your personal tastes.

Any experienced hobbyist can change out a radio system in their sleep, this article is aimed at drivers new to the hobby. Installing a new radio really is one of the easiest hop-ups you can do, here are the steps.

Installing Radio Gear in the MT-4 G3

1. Unhook the servo and speed controller wires from the stock receiver.

2. Pry up receiver with a large flat blade screwdriver and remove.

3. Drill two small holes for zip-tie mounts. More about this in step 7.

4. Plug in the servo and speed control wires, black (or brown) wire towards the outside edge, white towards the center. You don’t want to plug in the connectors backwards.

5. Apply double sided tape to the new receiver and stick down to the desired location. Use a damp cloth or alcohol wipe to make sure the spot you are mounting to is nice and clean.

6. Route antenna. Try to stay away from motor wires with your antenna, otherwise route it so that it is as long as possible and out of the way of moving parts.

7. Use a liberal amount of zip-ties to make sure no wires are loose and make their way into the pinion/spur gear or front center drive-shaft. You would be amazed at the g-forces inside the MT-4 G3 when landing from big jumps, the wires can move around several inches if not secured. This is the reason the two holes were drilled in step 3, to give sturdy anchor points to zip-tie the wires safely out of the way.

8. If needed, bind the new receiver to your transmitter. This requires cracking open the owners manual of your transmitter and typically requires turning on the transmitter then depressing a button on the receiver.

9. Calibrate speed controler to new radio system. You’ll need to refer to your speed controllers manual to make sure you adjust this properly. Different speed controllers are calibrated in different ways.

10. Set steering direction, trim and endpoints. Your truck may be steering the opposite direction of what it is supposed to, if so you’ll need to reverse the direction of the steering on your transmitter. Next, the trim will most likely be off making the truck pull to one side or the other, this is also adjusted on the transmitter. Lastly, if you’ve chosen a radio that can limit steering travel, you’ll want to adjust the transmitter so that it stops turning just as the MT-4 G3 hits its physical steering stops. If the steering travel is not set far enough the truck won’t turn very tightly, if it is set for too far you are just torturing the servo without getting any more steering. We installed a Futaba 4PK Super R and R614FS receiver in our Thunder Tiger, this also required setting the transmitter to “normal servo response mode”. Check your manual to make sure no other special settings are required for the servo/speed controller you are using.

That is it, you are finished! Now you can enjoy better control and improved ergonomics while out bashing. Stayed tuned next week when we go through the process of installing upgrade wheels/tires.

Want more Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 tips and tricks? Hit THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

THE KO Propo EX-1 KIY V3 Concept 2.4 GHz FHSS Radio System Review

ko propo ex-1 kiy v3 review

If you are a serious hobbyist, whether it be basher or racer, the most important piece of equipment you can buy is a good transmitter. A good transmitter can be the difference between a perfectly connected feel to your rig, or feeling like someone else is actually driving your truck. KO Propo’s top of the line radio is the EX-1 KIY Version 3. Today we’ll be taking a closer look to see if the KIY is the best radio you can buy, or if its not even worth your time. Hit the “Read More” button and let’s get this party started…


Spektrum DX9 9-Channel DSMX Transmitter
The crew over at Spektrum have a new transmitter for all your flying needs called the DX9. Just like its name implies, it has 9 channels and it comes with features such as voice alerts and a wireless trainer function. The DX9 also comes with a new feature from Spektrum called “forward programming”, this allows the owner to program through the transmitter using its LCD screen and interface.

The part number for the Spektrum DX9 is #SPMR9900, it has a street price of $399, and you should expect to start seeing them in hobby shops in September. For more information simply click THIS LINK.

The weekend is almost here, enjoy a TGIF Mystery Link while prepping to bash this weekend.

Tactic TTX403 SLT Mini Radio
Tactic has a new mini radio designed to fly all the micro/mini aircraft from Flyzone and Great Planes, it’s called the TTX403. The TTX403 is designed to be affordable yet it has good range thanks to its Secure Link Technology (SLT). Some of its other features include-

* Small, compact case
* Servo reversing
* V-tail and elevon mixing
* Digital trims
* Includes “AA” batteries
* Built in charger for 3.7v Lipos used in many micro fliers
* Flies rudder only models via right stick

The part number for the Tactic TTX403 is #TACJ2403, it has a street price of $35 and they are available right now.

What else has Tactic been up to lately? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

THE Futaba 4PLS (4PL Super) S-FHSS Telemetry Radio Review

Futaba 4PLS 4PL Super Review

The venerable Futaba 4PL was perhaps the best radio system ever made for the bashing market. Well it’s deceased now, replaced by a newer model, the 4PLS (Super). Does the 4PLS live up to the high expectations? Being Futaba’s first surface radio with telemetry, did they get it right? Can it take an epic beating? Click the “Read More” button to find out… (And see the Durability Testing Video)