JR 378 Upgrade to 2.4Ghz

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JR 378 Upgrade to 2.4Ghz

Postby ArjanH » Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:40 am

Hi Guys.

This is my first post here and I must say that I have been reading the website and forums with interest. This is a great site!
Lots and lots of stuff that has been confusing me most of my RC time (about 28 years now) and have been afraid to ask has been explained.
So anyway ... I took a break from RC about 15 years ago and returned to it about 3 years ago at which time I got myself a JR 378 (second hand).
I have always only flown gliders and slope soarers as I find them relaxing and amazing graceful compared to power models. Oh I have also owned a heli for a short time, the less said about that the better :D .
Recently I have been flying out of a paddock near my house (Rotorua NZ) because it is accessible and has almost unlimited space to the North and West with houses and lake Rotorua to the south and East. I have however noticed some glitching some of which could have been disastrous for my model during a high speed pass.
Should I convert my JR378 to 2.4Ghz? I found a "how to" on another forum from somebody who installed a Corona transmitter in the back of his 378. But is it a good idea?

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=12270160&postcount=305

Edit: No that I am reading yet more I have also learned that shift to FHSS might be preferable while I am at it. Does anybody have any idea which module I could use with the same principle as the above?
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Re: JR 378 Upgrade to 2.4Ghz

Postby RCModelReviews » Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:55 am

Yep, going 2.4GHz is a pretty good idea these days for a number of reasons.

1. receivers are cheaper.
Although you can pick up some cheap second-hand FM/PCM receivers now that lots of folks are shifting to 2.4GHz, that won't last forever and some people are still dreaming.

2. reduced risk of interference.
So long as you're using a good 2.4GHz system then the chances of experiencing interference is greatly reduced over the old "longwire" radios.

3. more convenient installations in some cases
Not having a 1m-long receiver antenna can make life a lot simpler in these days of parkfliers and smaller models.

And yes, you can convert your radio to 2.4GHz and it'll cost anywhere from $80-$100 here in NZ, depending on the brand of 2.4GHz you opt for.

Since you're only 45 minutes away in Rotorua, I suggest you come over to Tokoroa one weekend and have a look at what we're using here. There are FASST, DSM2, FrSky, Corona and other 2.4GHz systems operating here most weekends and you can chat with the people using them to get their feedback.

You can also have a jolly good fly while you're here :-)
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Re: JR 378 Upgrade to 2.4Ghz

Postby ArjanH » Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:05 am

Hi Bruce

What days/times do you guys fly in Tokoroa? At the airfield right?

Cheers

Arjan
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Re: JR 378 Upgrade to 2.4Ghz

Postby RCModelReviews » Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:37 am

PM sent
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Re: JR 378 Upgrade to 2.4Ghz

Postby ArjanH » Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:07 am

Heh ... I can't reply to PM's .... it said something about posting more before I could do that.

Hopefully this weather sorts itself out sometime soon.
I lived about 2 K's away from the airfield when I was at school in Tokoroa so I know it well.
Might see you there sometime.
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Re: JR 378 Upgrade to 2.4Ghz

Postby dean » Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:47 am

Hi Arjan
I’m just finishing x-378 upgrade with FrSky DIY module and I’m Rotorua (Springfield) .I can’t send or receive PMs but could arrange time/place to meet if you’re interested?. Or could talk on Skype?
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Re: JR 378 Upgrade to 2.4Ghz

Postby RCModelReviews » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:39 am

Come on over to Tokoroa guys... let your hair down and have a little fun flying with us!
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Re: JR 378 Upgrade to 2.4Ghz

Postby ArjanH » Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:46 am

Will do Bruce! Just as soon as this weather comes right!
Dean ... You can contact me on Skype ... just search for my name in Rotorua (Arjan Harre)
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Re: JR 378 Upgrade to 2.4Ghz

Postby ArjanH » Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:25 am

Hahahaha ... OK exactly 3 years later I am dragging this one back up.

Can somebody advise me wether the DHT 8 Ch DIY kit or DHTU Kit will work on my JR378? Should I bother considering a 9x is only a few dollars more?
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__17205__FrSky_DHT_8ch_DIY_Telemetry_Compatible_Transmitter_Module.html
or
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__19966__FrSky_DHT_U_Telemetry_System.html
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Re: JR 378 Upgrade to 2.4Ghz

Postby dean » Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:07 pm

Hi Arjan
Yep still using my 378 with no problems. I do like the look of the new Frsky Taranis.PM me your number so I can txt you.
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