I believe that JR has come to the same conclusion I have that Spectrum's problems are too severe to overcome. Spectrum is a sinking ship and JR is looking for a lifeboat!
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It has occurred to me that some of you may think that I have an axe to grind with Spectrum. That is not the case my issue with them is that from the moment I first heard about Spectrum Radios I have had serious misgivings about the robustness of their 2.4 Spread Spectrum System. My professional background is as a Computer Network Engineer I worked for a major Telecommunications company designing large Wireless Ethernet networks for use in Commercial manufacturing areas. These systems also use 2.4 Gig Spread Spectrum and Manufacturing areas are notoriously noisy environments. We had many interference problems before a manufacturer introduced FHSS in their newest product and made it firmware upgradeable. This was almost 10 years before the first Spectrum radio came out. The technology was there they chose to ignore it.
In my opinion Spectrum rushed their product to market knowing that it wasn't robust enough for the long hall but they were more interested in becoming the first to market and trying to secure market share as quick as possible! A business major would probably applaud this as long as they weren't also a RC Pilot. Futaba cut their teeth on spread spectrum at least a decade before Spectrum existed. They are the market leader in Wireless Controllers for Overhead Cranes like the ones used in steel mills and other notoriously noisy manufacturing facilities. They may know a thing or 2 about interference and how to overcome it. Their first offering for RC (they haven't needed a second) was FHSS and just about every manufacturer who has released product since has followed suit.
I am not negative anything I am pro the superior technology!