"I would point out two things...
#1 You can do all the upgrades yourself with scrap parts, so you really can have a top of the line TX for just $55 with the 9X. You can use LEDs or your own EL strip for the backlight, the firmware hack is not…"
"+1 for Turnigy 9x, but only if you're planning on doing the upgrades. I think of it like a Jedi building his own lightsaber. :)
If you're testing in a flight simulator then you can use the radio as stock.
Replace the battery holder before…"
"Graupner MX16 / 20 or better with Hott
- you can use multiple recievers, (for additional redundancy or just extra outputs)
- you will see signal strength and quality on the display (telemetry)
- you can see voltages/current, GPS position, altitude,…"
"You want an 8 or 9 channel system. You'll be wanting the extra channels sooner or later.
For proper mode changes you will also want a 3-position switch on it. Using the three position in combination with a…"
"Thank you Guys for the guidance and sharing your opinions. When buying a RC, do I need to look for any particular configuration so I buy something that's compatible with my APM? Or are the RC's generally compatible?
For example, can I buy…"
"Vernon, you're right. I should have mentioned that you should flash the new PPM firmware. However, I have suggested rather loudly that DIYdrones should post a warning about this issue.
I have told them to post something on the main…"
Sorry, didn't mean to insult in any way. You are at least using FrSky upgrade module which as I stated, is a valid work around to prevent the fly away scenario. Both Jake and Monroe use the stock receiver and didn't say…"
"What it tells me is that they are cheap period. #1 question by new members is how cheap can I get into the air? In order to sell a radio that cheap, they need the cheapest components as you stated. When they cannot buy them that cheap, they…"
"I use mine stock. Works just fine.
Obviously the radio that sells 100 times as many units as the others is going to have more problem reports. By the same logic I could say that there's more positive or no problem reports than any…"
"I would highly recommend also getting the FrSky module/receiver, smartieparts.com board and change the firmware to er9x. The FrSky make setting up a fail safe easy and the er9x makes setting up the radio for the APM a whole lot easier. "