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Old 01-17-2013, 08:59 AM   #1
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Looking to upgrade to a 2.4 radio and don't need a "top-of-the-line". Was looking at the Airtronics MX-3 Sport. Any opinions on this? I just have a few RC18's and a couple Losi Minicrawlers...nothing special.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:27 AM   #2
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Looking to upgrade to a 2.4 radio and don't need a "top-of-the-line". Was looking at the Airtronics MX-3 Sport. Any opinions on this? I just have a few RC18's and a couple Losi Minicrawlers...nothing special.
Appreciate the help!
With you asking that question, you are already thinking more long term in RC. My suggestion is to look more at the Airtronics MT-4 or Futaba 4PL.

One thing I did (in hindsight) that was very smart. 4 years ago, I was just getting back into crawling and racing, I went ahead and ponied up for a good radio (the 4PK, Got a smoking deal, but still had major buyers remorse), and it has been by-far the best investment that I have made in RC to date. My cars seem to come alive. I have been involved in Mod TC, VTA, Monster Trucks, Racing (1/10 to 1/8 scale), crawling, scaling, and never even began to push the radio.

I think that the two I mentioned are as capable (if not more) than my old 4PK (and cheaper). And I know there are others. If you forsee going on in RC at all, go ahead and invest in a good radio. I know you are saying to yourself, "Does it really make that much of a difference?" Yes, yes, and a resounding yes. The two I mentioned are excellent options, and probably where I would look if I was in the market.

Another (cheaper) option is a Hacked GTSB (I think) from Losikid. I have not used, but have heard really good things.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:10 AM   #3
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I think the question really is "will you own a MOA rig?" If yes, you choice will be limited to higher end model (like 4PL, 4PK, MX12, DX4R...etc), with built-in Dual ESC mix, these are the radio to get, especially the futaba clan, there are so many of us using it, you will have any of the technical question answered in no time.

If you won't have a MOA rig, then I guess, a 3 channel radio is still a good option (for winch ops or 2 speed tranny), I like the look of Sanwa MT-4, but never use one before. It is a 3 channel radio with telemetry function. I have used DX3c and it is pretty good and the rx is pretty cheap. I also used flysky gt3b (not hacked), although the setting is a bit tricky compared to other branded radio, it is pretty good too.... The $10 rx is a big help too if you going to have many rigs.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:04 AM   #4
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Something else to consider when buying a new radio is the amount of vehicles you want to fit out with receivers. This can be the costly end when venturing into a new radio. You mentioned a few RC18 (say 2 or 3) and a couple of Losi micros (2), thats 4 or 5 receivers. With the MX-3 that would be $240 (4 extra receivers) worth of receivers.

If you went the way of (as an example) Futaba 4PL it would only be $140 worth of receivers. This makes spending more money on a better radio worthwhile.

dentonmac also mentioned the Hacked GT3B from Losikid and the great thing about this radio is the price of the receivers. They are so cheap I dont even like to talk about it. I have also tried this radio and didnt like the feel of it in my big hands, personal preference but I would definitely recommend one to someone specially if you wanted to outfit a fleet of vehicles with receivers.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:30 AM   #5
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I love my GT3B, and having 5 different vehicles, I love its $10 receivers.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:03 PM   #6
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I love my GT3B, and having 5 different vehicles, I love its $10 receivers.
Did you get yours pre hacked from losikid?
How long have you been using it?
What firmware are you running?
Slight derail but I think this is a real good option.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:46 PM   #7
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Looking to upgrade to a 2.4 radio and don't need a "top-of-the-line". Was looking at the Airtronics MX-3 Sport. Any opinions on this? I just have a few RC18's and a couple Losi Minicrawlers...nothing special.
Appreciate the help!
Looking down the road helps. It will SUCK if you decide to run stuff that needs more channels later (rear steer, winch, dual ESC's, etc) and not have the radio to do it.
I'm a huge Futaba fan (I run a 3PM-s with Wantamix with dual ESC's, my son runs a 4PL) but also run a hacked GT3B.
I'm on firmware 0.4.1 but will be upping it sometime soon.

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I love my GT3B, and having 5 different vehicles, I love its $10 receivers.
Which reminds me, I need to get a couple more 4+ channel ones.

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Did you get yours pre hacked from losikid?
How long have you been using it?
What firmware are you running?
Slight derail but I think this is a real good option.
Yes, I got it pre-hacked but also bought a hack kit so I can change the firmware.
I've been running it about a year, quite a few comps and lots of practice time. No issues other than changing TX batteries as I'm still running AA's and haven't done the VR mod yet. Sigh.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:39 PM   #8
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Did you get yours pre hacked from losikid?
How long have you been using it?
What firmware are you running?
Slight derail but I think this is a real good option.
Bought in new and unhacked over a year ago (I think). No idea what firmware it has.

I haven't had the need for anything more over its stock configuration. I did just add a winch to my scaler and could have used a 3pos 3rd channel, but I went with heyOK's controller for that.

The only issue I've had is that I broke the trigger, but that was from slamming on the brakes while racing. I think Losikid has replacements, but I made my own out of delrin.
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