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So who's doing this reviewing then?
Well I've been building and flying or driving radio controlled models for over 40 years and during that time I like to think I've built up a reasonable amount of knowledge.
I'm also a qualified electronics engineer who has worked in radio frequency, analog, digital systems and software for more than three decades. In fact I designed and built my first RC set back in 1969.
For the past nine years I've also been involved in the design and manufacture of some rather sophisticated engine technology and UAV flight control systems.
So, chances are I've been there, done that and have a huge pile of tee shirts to prove it.
Right now I'm heavily into 3D flying and enjoy all aspects of the RC hobby. I may be old but I don't feel it.
In the Pipeline
Here's just a little bit of what's to come on this site...
RC explained: Demystifying terms such as PCM, PPM dual conversion, single conversion, full-range etc., this feature will explain it all.
Cheap Chinese Engines: Just how good are those cheap Chinese glow and gas engines that sell for half the price of their "brand-name" equivalent? I put several to the test.
Build your own radio gear?: Back in the old days, building your own RC gear was not uncommon and now the arrival of 2.4GHz has made it practical again.
Review: Hobby King 4-channel 2.4GHz RC system
WHAT? A 2.4GHZ RADIO SYTEM FOR UNDER $30?
First there was the iMax 9X, a 9-channel 2.4GHz radio system out of china that sells for a fraction the price of any equivalent radio from the big name brands.
And now there's a new four-channel radio on 2.4GHz that looks set to establish an even lower benchmark price -- less than $30.
The Hobby King 2.4GHz radio looks set to topple the dominance of low-cost 4-channel sets such as the Futaba SkySport, the Hitec Laser 4 and other "no frills" RC systems that have previously addressed the bottom end of the market. It is certainly the cheapest RC system I've seen to date.
If you're after features, this isn't the radio for you.
There are no dual rates, no mixing, no expo, no fancy LCD, in fact there's nothing but four basic channels.
It's obviously this simplicity that allows the Chinese to make and retail these things for less than the price of a good meal.
Note also that the HK 2.4 radio doesn't come with some of the other frills you get with other systems. There are no servos, no batteries, not even a receiver switch and harness.
Just the transmitter and receiver -- or should I say "receivers".
That's because the airborne part of this system includes two receivers that function together to provide the diversity that ensures a more reliable radio link and less chances of momentary dropouts due to the reflections and signal blockages that can affect simpler systems.
Updated: 20 Sep 2012
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23 Mar 2010
How come there's no compatibility between different brands of transmitters and receivers? Why can't you use a cheap Chinese receiver with your Futaba FASST radio?
4 Mar 2010
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How well do five different 2.4GHz systems stack up when hit by interference? The answers are here, with more to come.
Yes it does work on model airplanes but there are some limitations involved with this bargain-basement radar speed gun.
These are possibly the world's worst servos, find out exactly why you should avoid these boat-anchors at any cost.
It's cheap but can it really stack up against other glow engines in the .90 market? Find out in this review.
How does this cheap 9-channel 2.4GHz radio system perform when compared to big-name systems that can cost two or three times as much? Have the Chinese finally developed a real contender with the iMax 9X?
Does all this 2.4GHz stuff have your head spinning?
I've done my best to demystify the whole subject so if you feel like a bit of learning, this is the stuff for you!
How can you tell when your engine needs new bearings? Who has the best prices and service on replacements? Just how do you change them? Get all that information and watch a great video tutorial anyone can follow.
The Chinese are now churning out a huge number of very reasonably priced no-name servos. But are they any good?
Nicad, NiMH, Li-Ion, LiPoly, LiFePO4, A123... the range of different battery types has never been greater. So how do they differ and what type should you be using?