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Old 03-22-2012, 12:28 PM   #1
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Default What Futaba TX/RX with RSSI, failsafe, and satellite?

Hey. I am looking for a TX/RX combo, 2.4GHZ, preferably Futaba, that has 3 important things, which are RSSI output, configurable failsafe, and satellite receivers.
I am going to be using it on my FPV quad and I need all these things for safety and insurance. I am looking for the most inexpensive solution with at least 7 channels.

Please post your recommendations on what hardware I can get and where I can get it (TX+RX, preferably Futaba) for the lowest price.

My quad is in the middle of a conversion right now. I have a Gaui 330XS with Scorpion motors, 8" props, DJI Naza, Spektrum 6ch 2.4GHZ rx with sat, DX6i tx, 500mw 5.8GHZ video tx, TP 2700mah battery, Sony bloggie mhs-pm5 for HD recording/FPV cam, CE OSD 1.5, and my laptop for the video screen.

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Old 03-22-2012, 11:52 PM   #2
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If you really want safety and insurance, you wont use 2.4Ghz gear. 72Mhz is the way to go and far, FAR cheaper than 2.4.

Heres how to make any Futaba rx have RSSI output.

afaik, Futaba doesn't have satellite receivers.
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Old 03-23-2012, 12:22 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. After doing some research I was not able to find a receiver, Futaba or otherwise, that does both, a proper failsafe and rssi output. This is a bit disappointing but it actually saves me some $, I don't have to buy a new system.
Instead I decided that a proper failsafe is more important than rssi and got an orangerx 7ch rx that supposedly has the failsafe I need.

I am not planning to fly a very long way away, my quad is going to stay relatively close and to provide me with extra insurance I can always boost the 2.4GHZ signal to 1000 or even 2000mw as described here
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