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.
NEWS: Spektrum "compatible" receivers hit the market
HOBBY KING SELLING $15 SPEKTRUM COMPATIBLE RECEIVERS
Dated: 26 May 2010
First there were reports of fake Spektrum receivers and now Hobby King has come out with a "Spektrum DSM2 Compatible" receiver for under US$15.
After admitting that they had spoken with a number of parties who'd offered them Spektrum-compatible products, HK has launched the "OrangeRx-6" which, it is claimed, are built using "original components and MCUs".
If the claims that "the OrangeRx will work with ANY Spektrum DSM or DSM2 2.4GHz transmitter" are correct, and if they also honor their pledge that "all OrangeRx receivers are QC tested before leaving the factory" then Horizon may have a problem on their hands.
In both the HK and RCModelReviews forums, users have clearly stated that they would gladly purchase "compatible" products in preference to genuine ones, if it meant they would make a worthwhile saving.
It remains to be seen whether Spektrum/Horizon will bother to try and take legal action against HK or the manufacturer of the OrangeRx product but, even if they did, the chances of successfully halting the production or sale of the infringing product are very slim indeed.
Will you be flocking to buy a bunch of cheap AR6100-like "Spektrum compatible" receivers now that they are available for little more than pocket change?
What about HK's claims that they have another receiver "arriving soon" that will be both DSM2 and FASST?
Share your opinions and thoughts on this matter in the RCModelReviews forums to have your say.
Updated: 20 Sep 2012
Here's a blog that will keep you informed just what's going on behind the scenes at RC Model Reviews and also tells you a little more about myself.
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
Since this has become a very frequently asked question, I've posted this simple guide to getting your product, or a product you're thinking of buying reviewed here at RCModelReviews
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