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02-12-2008, 09:55 AM
How are the Airtronics products to use with Helis? like the RD8000
02-13-2008, 04:29 PM
I fly the RD8000 and RD6000 radios on a Rap 50, 90 and Trex 450SE.
Useing an airtronics 8 channel FM receiver on the Raptors.
The heli menu is pretty good and offers several head selections.
These radios aren't loaded with all the switches the higher end radios (like Futaba) offer.
But all in all I am pleased with the features.
I would recommend useing an 8 channel receiver if you may one day want to install a govenor. Also take care in wire and antenna routing to keep glitches from the wireing.
Although some people swear " against " the 72 mHz FM frequency for heli flying.
I have had no glitch issues with my setups. That's not so say that you could not have any interferance problems with the particular channel you choose.
Hope this is of some small help
02-20-2008, 11:44 PM
I just installed the rd8000's receiver and got the servos to respond correctly. Now I am just waiting for my Gyro to show up and that I will realy test it.
02-21-2008, 12:05 AM
Its nice that a reciever is provided with the rd8000 used it on my 450SE. I ended up having static issues and my last resort was the Airtronice 8channel pcm reciever, this cured everything so know that they are out there and its not a bad idea b4 its too late. I love the rd8000 and just put a 2500mah lipo in it so i can fly my new 500 for a week without charging the beast.
02-26-2008, 11:10 AM
Where did you find the lipo you put in the radio? Did it have the correct connector already on it, or did you have to change it? I have a RD6000 Super. The stock battery's capacity is terrible. I would like to find a good lipo or Nimh replacement for it, but I haven't seen one specifically for an Airtronics. As far as this thread's subject is concerned, I fly this radio on my T-rex 450SE V2 with a Sombra Labs Shadow 3 receiver and Light Flight RC whip antenna, and have never had a glitch. The only problem I have with the radio is the short battery life compared to most others out there. Its the easiest radio to set up that I have used. I also fly foamy planks with it with excellent results. In my opinion, it is one of the best all around radios out there. I am considering the new 2.4 RD8000, though. Its as cheap or cheaper than a DX7, and I'm already used to the menus and setup procedures. Thanks.
02-26-2008, 05:07 PM
I use a 2100 mAh battery from " Commonsense RC Batteries ".
It fits perfectly into the Airtronics RD6000 and RD800 radios.
I've had it for 2-1/2 years and it's still going strong. It usually last me all weekend before needing a charge. When you order, request a male JR type plug.
If I recall correctly I had to switch the wires because they had the black ( - ) wire on the outside and the red ( + ) in the center. You will need to put the red ( + ) to the outside and the black ( - ) in the center. It's easy to do. Use and exacto blade to lift the tab holding the metal plug and switch them around. Take care to not short them in the process.
When your remove the first one. Put some tape over it while you remove the second one.
I have followed their recommendation as to charging the pack at 1000 mAh rate.
I'm quite pleased with the service and longevity of the battery.
Hope this helps.