I thought it was too but I saw on one site an asterix next to the
model number of the Rx and it said it was non BEC
Is the Rx overly large by modern standards ? or... would it be
smaller than my 20 year old acoms?
Slightly smaller than the previous 122JE which is about 30x40mm. Super reliable unit, got heaps of those in my fleet. Open up the case and the PCB's just about 1 single DIL chip -Futaba could have easily made the PCB & case a lot smaller.
122JE is definitely BEC, maybe that's why they're still making that and giving it with all the basic stick & Magnum radios.
If you wanna spend a few bux more, check out the new Futaba A3PM FM w/10 model memory!
Radio kit is one thing i have not REALLY delved into since my return
to the hobby.
What are the advantages of a dear radio over a cheap one
I understand EPA and ABS and can see use of that, synthesised
frequency adjustment and use of 40mhz and FM, also multi-model
memories, but what else can they do that i cant do with my old stick
radio that will make a difference to the way the car drives/i drive the
EPA is handy if you can't be bothered finetuning your linkages. But if you're an old-timer you'd be used to doing it anyway, no biggie for 90% of the time.
Hell, we lived RC before "servo reversing switches" too.
ABS, don't even bother.
Synth freq is useful if it saves you buying xtals, but all your RXes will need to suit.
FM is good if there's heaps of others running too as its more selective and less chance of interference. But it don't solve glitching if your own car is RF dirty. Plus FM xtals are more expensive & complicated.
Multi-model memories... yeah right... you still have to buy servos & RX for each extra model and has anybody priced them up?? Buy them loose for AM (eg the 2PL) and you might as well just buy a $80 stick set as it'll be cheaper; FM RXes are like $100+ alone.Might as well just buy a basic radio set for each car.
(When we took like 6 cars to the track when ausmicro was there, they all each had own radio & everyone could borrow to play at the same time. Jeez they had fun with the Minis!!)
Cool so really there is not much point going past say a 2PL?
I would rather have a tx for each car i have, so they can be driven at
the same time (eg if a mate comes around and you want to race or
I do prefer wheel to stick, but i just happened to have the old stick
set. I think I am the only person at STMCC with a stick radio, aside
from the Club Car which is a beaten old TL01 which may even have
the same radio as me.