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D12 - RADIO - Can
you use the same type of receiver with different transmitters ?
answer to this is NO ... and that applies to the older 35MHz systems
as well as the newer 2.4GHz systems. There is absolutely no compatibility
at all between 35 MHz and 2.4GHz systems.
are some exceptions that I will cover later on, but first lets look
at the main radio manufacturers.
the simplest type of non programmable radio, such as that supplied
by Esky with their range of "beginner" helicopters, these
are totally different in there operation to any other radio type,
and therefore you can only use an Esky Receiver with an Esky
Moving up the
range a bit, we come to the programmable radios such as those
produced by Futaba, Sanwa, Spektrum, JR Propo, Hitec and some
Almost all of
these manufacturers have chosen to go a different route using
different technologies in their radio systems. By this I mean
that for example, Futaba use the FASST system, while Sanwa use FHSS,
Hitec use AFHSS, while both Spektrum and JR Propo support
DSM2. Spektrum have recently brought out a newer version of
DSM2 called DSMX that JR Propo do not currently support.
I do not
propose to confuse you with what all these strange names mean, as it
is not really relevant at all, but it suffice to say that none of
these communications protocols are compatible with any of the
others. It's a bit like trying to run a Windows program on an
Apple computer, you cannot do it.
Many of the
more longstanding pilots you may talk to will tell you that a
certain system is best, mostly because that is the one that they
have been using for some time, and they are very used to it. In
truth, all of the protocols are pretty well proven now, and work
quite well, but you need to bear in mind that if you intend to have
several different helicopters, they will all need to have a suitable
receiver fitted to them that uses the correct protocol that
matches your transmitter with the exception of Spektrum and JR
Propo, where you can use either Spektrum or JR receivers with the
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