The new Futaba 8JH Radio

Apr 25, 2012 No Comments by

Futaba has recently released their new 8J radio, in both an airplane and helicopter version. Although at first glance it looks like most other radios in the Futaba line, it has some great new features, and at an extremely low price.

This is the helicopter version which will default to helicopter settings when powered up and does not have a ratcheted throttle stick as is common on airplane radios.  Some of its features include Futaba S-FHSS 2.4GHz security, the ability to transfer model data wirelessly to another 8J radio,  the R2008SB receiver offers 8 PWM channels, and is S.Bus capable.  With 20 model memory and 10 character model and user naming, it uses a large backlit LCD display (128 x 64 dot), with 8 channels (one varible knob, five 2-position switches, two 3-position switches, one momentary switch and two digital levers) and an easy jog dial and three button programming.  Helicopter features include 8 Swash Plate Types, 5 Flight Conditions (normal, idle up 1, idle up 2, idle up 3, hold), Throttle Curve (five points, five curves), Throttle Hold, Hover Pitch Mixing, Hover Throttle Mixing, Gyro Sensitivity/Mixing, Governor Setting/Mixing, Hi/Lo Pitch Mixing, Offset Mixing, Condition Delay, Throttle mixing (swash>throtttle), Throttle/Needle Mixing (5 point curve), Swash AFR, Swash Mixing, Electronic Swash Ring, Throttle Delay Revolution Mixing and 6 additional Programmable Mixes.

Further information can be found on the Tower Hobbies website at: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXBWGS&P=ML

Paul Tradelius

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A regular contributor to Model Airplane News, he is also the columnist for our “Rotor Speed” helicopter column. Paul has been flying RC helicopters since the early ‘80s and now enjoys all types of rotary machines, including scale and aerobatics, and he continues to experiment with modifications to improve performance.
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