Exclusive Sneak Peek — Spektrum DX 18

Apr 20, 2012 4 Comments by

Wow! I am working on my review of the new DX18 radio system from Spektrum. Featuring 10 channels and expandable to 18, this radio system is pretty impressive. Here’s a short-list of functions and features!

Getting acquainted  When you first take grab hold of the DX18 transmitter you’ll notice its nice No-Slip Rubber Grips making the radio extremely comfortable in your hands. The Control Sticks are extremely smooth with quad-bearing gimbals and the sticks are adjustable in length and tension. For a short list of programming features there’s: 3 Model Types (Heli Aircraft and Sailplane), 50 model memory, 10 Airplane Wing Types, 6 Airplane Tail Types, 5 Sailplane Wing Types, 3 sailplane Tail Types, 6 Helicopter Swash Types, the popular Spektrum  Scroll-n-click Programming Interface, Built-In Telemetry and the Spektrum Data Interface to name just a few.

And just what till you get a load of the Built-in Sequencer! Awesome!!!

DX18 Specifications

Number of Channels: 18

Modulation: DSM2 & DSMX

Band: 2.4GHz

Receiver: AR9020

Key Features

  • 50 Model Memory
  • Built-In Telemetry with Vibe Alerts
  • Extensive Airplane, Helicopter and Sailplane Programming
  • Throttle Start or Switch Start Timer
  • Region Settings for Global Compliance
  • 16 Programmable Mixes
  • Flap Delay and Elevator Compensation
  • 10 Airplane Wing Types
  • 6 Airplane Tail Types
  • 5 Airplane and Heli Flight Modes
  • Dual Rates and Expo
  • Active Gyro Trim
  • 7-Point Heli Throttle Curve
  • 7-Point Heli Pitch Curve
  • 7-Point Heli Tail Curve
  • 6 Swash Plate Types
  • Swash Plate Timing
  • 5 Sailplane Wing Types
  • 3 Sailplane Tail Types
  • 10 Sailplane Flight Modes
  • Global Charging System
  • X-Plus expandability up to 18 channels
  • 11ms frame rate
  • Large LCD Screen
  • 2048 Resolution on the first 10 channels
  • Language selectable
  • Mode selectable (Modes 1, 2, 3 or 4)

Watch for my review coming soon in MAN!

 

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4 Responses to “Exclusive Sneak Peek — Spektrum DX 18”

  1. Nigel Rollason says:

    You haven’t mentioned the dual transmitter aerials that maintain a solid 100% data link with the “receiver”……….in fact, the other end of the full time two way datalink.
    They work as dual diversity, simple steerable array antennas regardless of the actual polarisation of the antennas.
    Spektrum is way ahead of all other manufacturers …………

    My compoletely independent technical appraisal is in not connected with any part of the Horizon business.

    Regards,
    Nigel Rollason

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  2. jim wilkinson says:

    I HAVE A DX-7 WHEN THEY FIRST CAME OUT AND THIS WILL PROBABLY BE MY LAST ONE,DOES IT HAVE A “BEAM ME UP SCOTTY BUTTON”.
    ALSO WILL THE DX-7 RECEIVERS WORK ON THIS .?

  3. Gerry Yarrish says:

    Nigel! You are correct! The DX18 does have twin antennas. One in the normal location and a second 90 degrees to the first housed in the hand grip in the back of the case! Lots more great features to come in my upcoming review in MAN

  4. paul dufek says:

    I just saw this Radio in person this weekend at a fun fly.Wow what a radio,very light,i was really impressed with the features! Paul Dufek

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