18-Nov-17 - 03:38 PM

Recommended Radios - Spektrum

Written by Hayden Daley - 21 March, 2016.
Spektrum DX8

Improve your flying, with the 8-channel transmitter system The DX8 Gen 2 8-channel radio system offers in-built telemetry features, so you can access information in real-time. Your battery level, signal quality, engine or model temperature, airspeed and altitude… you’ll know everything, to make you a more-informed flyer.

Program the DX8 using the voice alert system to tell you when something reaches or exceeds your pre-set limits. With the flip of a switch, you can instruct it to tell you the sequence of telemetry values – in real-time. And once you’ve got a free set of hands, you can easily take out the SD card to check out telemetry. With a large on-board memory, you never have to worry about moving models in between the transmitter memory and SD card. The DX8 uses the AirWave software, which you would be familiar with if you use Spektrum. This means you can connect with other Spektrum pilots and share model setups, across platforms. The Spektrum DX8 encourages sharing. Once you’ve connected with another Spektrum transmitter, ModelMatch technology remembers it… so you never have to go through the process again. You can do cool things like train a new pilot, or have someone control your camera so you can focus on flying. There really is no 8 channel radio more perfect than the Spektrum’s DX8 Gen 2 8-channel transmitter.





Spektrum DX7

The new Spektrum DX7 comes with the features you would normally see in a pro-class transmitter. This includes a built-in telemetry feature that, when used with a Spektrum telemetry module and sensors (sold separately) gives you real-time information such as your model's battery voltage, signal quality, engine or motor temperature, airspeed and altitude. This telemetry system works in conjunction with the transmitter's programmable voice alerts that allows you to keep tabs on important functions without taking your eyes off your flying. You can program voice alerts to call out the flight mode you have chosen and report telemetry information. For example, the alerts can notify you when specific telemetry values reach or exceed the limits you define. You can also have the DX7 call out a sequence of telemetry values on demand with the touch of a switch. This telemetry data can also be recorded on the SD card for review. If an alarm goes off, you will not have to look at your transmitter to see what is going on. The radio will tell you!

The new DX7 also features a wireless trainer link, which gives instructors the opportunity to wirelessly "buddy box" with another DSM2/DSMX transmitter. Once this binding has occurred, ModelMatch technology will allow you to relink the DX7 without having to go through the bind process again. This Spektrum transmitter comes with a huge 250 model memory. To complement this, the memory menu is easy to navigate, whereby only memory slots with model settings saved to them will appear. Because the DX7 uses the same software platform as the DX6, 9 and 18 (Gen 2) transmitters, you can easily share model setups with these transmitters too. This radio is compatible with the Spektrum Flight Log and telemetry modules. The new DX7 is a fantastic transmitter that offers features beyond its level.



Spektrum DX20

The all new Spektrum DX20 takes everything great about the DX18 and puts it in a new ergonomic case with superb machined aluminium gimbals and custom leather grips for an awesome feel. The very powerful, but user friendly AirWare software will let you program giant scale models, jets with lots of channels, super complex gliders and any type of multi rotor model with ease. Supplied with an AR9020 DSMX receiver and a high end dual Transmitter Case, this the high end radio you need to get your hands on. The Spektrum™ AirWare™ software that comes in the DX20 gives expert pilots all the programming features they could want along with a few they never knew they needed. And its intuitive SimpleScroll™ interface makes navigating menus and changing settings as simple as "roll and click." The airplane programming includes a multi-engine control option that, when activated, allows you to independently adjust and control up to four engines or motors. You could use it to make individual run-up checks on the ground or synch propeller speeds in flight. It also makes it possible to use asymmetric thrust to tighten the turning radius of large models during ground operations. When active, ProTrim will allow you to make small dual rate, expo, mix and differential adjustments in flight. With voice alerts, you can keep tabs on important functions without ever taking your eyes off what you’re flying. They can be programmed to call out what flight mode you’ve chosen or report telemetry information on demand. If an alarm goes off, you won’t have to look at the transmitter display to see what’s happening. The DX20 will tell you. In addition to extensive airplane and heli programming, the DX20 has the most impressive sailplane programming features you'll find in any handheld transmitter. Ten available flight modes, 5 wing types, 3 tail types, 2 motor types, flap delay with elevator compensation – it has it all. You even have the ability to adjust individual servo characteristics (end points, travel, center, etc.) for all 20 channels. Program a sequence of switch-activated events with time delays between each event. For instance, with a flip of the gear switch you could have an auxiliary channel open landing gear doors, then have the retract channel lower the landing gear, followed by the auxiliary channel closing the gear doors after the gear is extended. No more will you need a complicated network of little boxes littering your fuselage if you want to balance servos. You can precisely balance the output of swashplate servos or multiple servos on a single control surface with the transmitter using a 7-point curve mix. This exclusive Spetkrum technology gives DX20 users the ability to wirelessly link up with other Spektrum transmitters and specially-equipped Spektrum FPV headsets. Once bound to another transmitter or component, ModelMatch™ technology will allow the DX20 to re-link without having to go through the bind process again.

With Wireless Trainer Link, you could:

• Wirelessly ''buddy box'' with another DSM2®/DSMX® transmitter when teaching someone to fly.

• Assign gimbal functions to a 2nd ‘camera’ transmitter when flying a camera drone so you can focus on avoiding obstacles and maintaining visual contact while someone else lines up the shot.

• Link with specially-equipped Spektrum FPV headsets to wirelessly control head tracking and remotely change video frequencies on the fly.

The enormous capacity of the DX20’s on-board memory means you will rarely, if ever, need to juggle models between transmitter memory and your SD card. The model memory menu is easier to navigate too. Only memory slots with model settings saved to them will appear. You won't have to scroll through empty slots or move models around if one is deleted.

Because the DX20 uses the same AirWare™ software as many other Spektrum transmitters, you can share model setups across platforms with almost any Spektrum pilot.

Register your DX20 and receive alerts whenever Spektrum Airware software updates are available. You also gain access to a growing library pre-set model setups for the most popular Horizon Hobby aircraft. Both the DX20 and the AR9020 receiver it comes with have X-Plus channel expansion capabilities. This means you can add up to eight extra channels with an X-Plus channel expansion module (SPMXP8000 - sold separately). Just plug the module into the receiver, bind it and then assign the extra channels to any function you want. Built-in telemetry gives you real-time information on things like your model's battery voltage, signal quality, engine or motor temperature, airspeed, altitude and more. You can have the DX20 recite this information on demand using programmable voice alerts. You also have the option of logging telemetry data to the transmitter’s SD card for review after the flight. To use the telemetry function, your model must be equipped with a Spektrum telemetry module and telemetry sensors (all sold separately). You will find there are Spektrum telemetry sensors for tracking just about any model function you can think of, and new ones are being added all the time. The weight distribution and ergonomics of the DX20 have been optimized to fit the way you fly. The result is a sense of balance and comfort that perfectly complements the speed and precision of DSMX technology.



Spektrum DX18 Stealth

This Stealth Edition of the Spektrum DX18 radio maintains the same world-class features of the original Gen 2 transmitter, but includes a black finish, Stealth carrying case and AR9020 receiver. The DX18 comes with an impressive range of features. This includes the Spektrum AirWare software with a broad range of programming features (by registering the DX18, you will receive an alert when a new versions of AirWare are available). Spektrum's intuitive SimpleScroll interface also makes menu navigation and setting changes as simple as "roll and click". The DX18 comes with programmable voice alerts, allowing you to keep a tab on important functions without having to take your eyes off your flying. These alerts can be programmed to call out the flight mode you have chosen or report telemetry information on demand. If an alarm goes off, you will not have to look at the transmitter's display to see what is happening - the DX18 will tell you.

In addition to the transmitter's plane and helicopter programming, the DX18 has impressive sailplane programming features, such as ten available flight modes, five wing types, three tail types, two motor types and flap delay with elevator compensation. You can even adjust individual servo characteristics (such as end points, travel and centre) for all 18 channels. The DX18 is equipped with a built-in sequencer, allowing you to program a sequence of switch-activated events with time delays between each event. For example, with the flip of the gear switch, you can have an auxiliary channel open landing gear doors, then have the retract channel lower the landing gear and finally have the auxiliary channel close the gear doors after the gear is extended.

The Spektrum DX18 comes with a built-in servo balancer, allowing you to precisely balance the output of CCPM swash servos or multiple servos on a single control surface using a 7-point curve mix. Furthermore, this transmitter comes with a wireless trainer link, which gives instructors the option to wirelessly "buddy box" with another DSM2/DSMX transmitter. Once bound to another transmitter, the ModelMatch technology will allow the DX18 to re-link without having to go through another bind process.

This RC radio comes with a huge 250 model memory. You will find that navigating through this model memory is quite easy, as only the memory slots with model settings saved to them will appear. You will not have to scroll through empty slots or move models around if one is deleted. Spektrum have ensured that both the DX18 transmitter and its receiver are X-Plus capable, so you can add up to eight extra channels with an X-Plus channel expansion module. All you have to do is plug the module into the receiver, bind it and then assign the extra 8 channels to any function you need.

With the DX18's built-in telemetry, you will receive real-time information such as your model's battery voltage, signal quality, engine or motor temperature, airspeed, altitude and more. The transmitter can recite this information on demand using the programmable voice alerts. You can also log the telemetry data to the transmitter's SD card to review after the flight. Please note that a Spektrum TM1000 or a TM1100 Air Telemetry Module (both sold separately) and a telemetry-capable receiver will be required for this functionality. You will find, though, that there is a wide array of Spektrum telemetry sensors available for tracking just about any model function you can think of, with new ones being added all the time.

Ergonomically, you will find the Spektrum DX18 has a great weight distribution and has been optimised to fit the way you fly. For example, the transmitter comes with comfortable, no-slip rubber grips, the ability to adjust the stick length and tension and smooth, quad-bearing gimbals. The mode configurations (1, 2, 3 or 4) are adjustable and the switch functions are also user-assigned. The backlit screen is easy to read and the SimpleScroll programming interface makes operation intuitive. For the professional pilot, there is nothing better - the new Spektrum DX18 is a masterpiece.



Spektrum DX9

The DX9 transmitter from Spektrum comes with the most advanced voice alert system available in a handheld radio. This system comes equipped with a built-in telemetry feature (similar to the new Spektrum DX18) that calls out telemetry stats, voltage and temp values, in addition to other important in-flight information; all on demand. You can have the DX9 call out specific telemetry values that meet or exceed limits you define. You can also have this RC transmitter call out of a sequence of telemetry values on demand with the flip of a switch. If you want to review this telemetry data after your flight, the DX9 can record the data to its SD card. The DX9 raises the bar when it comes to telemetry; you will never have to take your eyes off your model. To access this telemetry feature, you will require a telemetry module (TM1000) and Spektrum receivers in your aircraft. With over 300 words, numbers and phrases in this system, this feature alone puts the DX9 in a league of its own. The DX9 comes out of the box with English voice alerts. Other languages are available for download.

As you can see, this Spektrum transmitter also has wireless “buddy box” technology. If you are an instructor or trainee, you can now connect to another DSM2 or DSMX transmitter without the need for a trainer cord. With Spektrum’s ModelMatch technology, you also can relink your DX9 to this other transmitter without repeating the binding process. Additionally, the DX9 radio comes with 250 model memory. Navigating through these memory slots is a straightforward process; the DX9 will only show the slots with model settings saved to them.

Another innovation is the ability to program the next generation of Spektrum components directly through the DX9 (this requires Spektrum’s AirWare software, Version 2.0 or higher). This forward programming capability, combined with regular AirWare updates, ensures that your DX9 will remain at the leading-edge of RC innovations. The DX9 is a major development in RC radio technology and an outstanding choice for RC pilots.





Spektrum DX18

The DX18 has been taken to another level. The Generation 2 version of this professional transmitter comes with an impressive range of features. This includes the Spektrum AirWare software with a broad range of programming features (by registering the DX18, you will receive an alert when a new versions of AirWare are available). Spektrum's intuitive SimpleScroll interface also makes menu navigation and setting changes as simple as "roll and click". The DX18 comes with programmable voice alerts, allowing you to keep a tab on important functions without having to take your eyes off your flying. These alerts can be programmed to call out the flight mode you have chosen or report telemetry information on demand. If an alarm goes off, you will not have to look at the transmitter's display to see what is happening - the DX18 will tell you.

In addition to the transmitter's plane and helicopter programming, the DX18 has impressive sailplane programming features, such as ten available flight modes, five wing types, three tail types, two motor types and flap delay with elevator compensation. You can even adjust individual servo characteristics (such as end points, travel and centre) for all 18 channels. The DX18 is equipped with a built-in sequencer, allowing you to program a sequence of switch-activated events with time delays between each event. For example, with the flip of the gear switch, you can have an auxiliary channel open landing gear doors, then have the retract channel lower the landing gear and finally have the auxiliary channel close the gear doors after the gear is extended.

The Spektrum DX18 comes with a built-in servo balancer, allowing you to precisely balance the output of CCPM swash servos or multiple servos on a single control surface using a 7-point curve mix. Furthermore, this transmitter comes with a wireless trainer link, which gives instructors the option to wirelessly "buddy box" with another DSM2/DSMX transmitter. Once bound to another transmitter, the ModelMatch technology will allow the DX18 to re-link without having to go through another bind process.

This RC radio comes with a huge 250 model memory. You will find that navigating through this model memory is quite easy, as only the memory slots with model settings saved to them will appear. You will not have to scroll through empty slots or move models around if one is deleted. Spektrum have ensured that both the DX18 transmitter and its receiver are X-Plus capable, so you can add up to eight extra channels with an X-Plus channel expansion module. All you have to do is plug the module into the receiver, bind it and then assign the extra 8 channels to any function you need.

With the DX18's built-in telemetry, you will receive real-time information such as your model's battery voltage, signal quality, engine or motor temperature, airspeed, altitude and more. The transmitter can recite this information on demand using the programmable voice alerts. You can also log the telemetry data to the transmitter's SD card to review after the flight. Please note that a Spektrum TM1000 or a TM1100 Air Telemetry Module (both sold separately) and a telemetry-capable receiver will be required for this functionality. You will find, though, that there is a wide array of Spektrum telemetry sensors available for tracking just about any model function you can think of, with new ones being added all the time.

Ergonomically, you will find the Spektrum DX18 has a great weight distribution and has been optimised to fit the way you fly. For example, the transmitter comes with comfortable, no-slip rubber grips, the ability to adjust the stick length and tension and smooth, quad-bearing gimbals. The mode configurations (1, 2, 3 or 4) are adjustable and the switch functions are also user-assigned. The backlit screen is easy to read and the SimpleScroll programming interface makes operation intuitive. For the professional pilot, there is nothing better - the new Spektrum DX18 is a masterpiece.





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