We got an exclusive first look at the new Spektrum DX18QQ “Quique Somenzini Special Edition” radio, and we have to say that this is definitely the next system you will want to own. A limited edition item, it takes over the top spot in the Spektrum lineup and it has a number of key features that every pilot will appreciate. Our senior West Coast editor John Reid has had the very enjoyable job of testing this radio out for the past few weeks; find out what he has to say about the new features of the DX18QQ radio in the video below. Be sure to read his exclusive review in the February issue of Model Airplane News!
Once you open up the case you will find a transmitter that conforms to your hands very well. It has nice non-slip rubber grips on the backside that prevent your fingers from slipping off the transmitter.
Another new function is the use of “origin mixing” that can be accessed when the aileron, elevator or rudder are selected as the master channel. Origin mixing will use the true stick position as the input for a mix.
On the original DX18 the part of the transmitter that is bright shiny chrome is more of a brushed steel look on this one.
All of the toggle switches are now covered in soft rubber to prevent your fingers from slipping off them.
No. of channels: 10 (18 with X-Plus function and module)
Model Memory: 50
Modulation: DSM2 & DSMX
Resolution: 2048 (for the first 12 channels using a 12-channel receiver)
Frame Rate: 11ms (supports 22ms)
Price: $ 1299.00 (System with AR12120 receiver & 8-channel X-Plus Module) Servos not included.
Up to 4-programmable curves that can be assigned to switch, knob or stick position.
The included 2-cell LiPo battery allows a full weekend of flying without the need for recharging.
The Pitch Curve Function that allows a variable pitch propeller to be used. Of course this function offers the pilot excellent refinement with up to 4-programmable curves that can be assigned to switch, knob or stick position.
The main display is simple and only includes the model number and name in the top left corner, the timer has large letters and is next to a large avatar image that IDs your current model selected.
Another convenience is the ability to assign in-flight gyro gain adjustment to one of the side levers, or right knob, or one of the auxiliary trim switches at the top of the transmitter faceplate.
Another specialized feature is being able to turn the throttle trim into a 3-position switch for turbine engine start up ease. Once set-up, the throttle goes from low to middle to high trim with each click.
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