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Shrek10/08/2008 09:41:00
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I have just purchased Acoms Technicsport 2.4GHZ radio.  On the website I purchased it from it stated it was suitable for cars and boats.  When reading the instructions there is a slip of paper enclosed stating "Not suitable for aircraft or boats".  Can anyone please advise me as I have just started this hobby and not too familiar with the technical equipment.

Many Thanks


ashley needham10/08/2008 17:20:00
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Tony. On this very forum there is a review of  the Futaba 6EX 2.4GHz Digital Proportional R/C System, have a search......

I think that may answer a few questions? Ashley

Shrek10/08/2008 18:16:00
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Hi   Ashley

Thanks for your response, Ive looked at that review but im still not sure that the set i have purchased is any good for boats. Maybe i will buy a basic 27/40mhz radio.

many thanks


Charles Oates11/08/2008 08:38:00
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Why wouldn't the set be ok for a boat?  As far as I know the frequency is fine and the set a decent one. The only disscusion I'm aware of is the use of 2.4 gig in submarines where i've heard is not so good. Could the slip of paper have been meant for another country where 2.4 gig isn't legal?

   Anyway, why not just ring acoms importer or a decent model shop to check. Much cheaper than buying another set.


Shrek11/08/2008 16:16:00
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Hi Chas

Thanks for the reply, i took your advice and contacted the acoms importer and they confirmed that this radio set is not suitable for boats. The reason he gave was poor recepition on water.

Many thanks


Manxman12/08/2008 06:41:00
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Hi Shrek,

I'm with Ashley here, and thought these radios were suitable for boats.  As I understand it, there are 2 short aerials (about 4")  the receiver and both aerials need to be above the water line,  one aerial horizontal and the other vertical, which means one would probably come through the deck, say inside a plastic tube and disguised.

If you already have a boat, why not try it in it !, but make sure there is someone else sailing as well just in case you need a push to shore.  You have nothing to lose as you've already bought your radio.

Cheers - Ken

ashley needham12/08/2008 08:10:00
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Shrek. I think the problem for this set may be that the aerials are short and so their siting needs to be chosen with more care than yer ordinary 27/40 mhz sets. However, I would imagine that for most "normal" distances it would be ok, and perhaps it is the case that the longer ranges are not quite so good.. Manufacturers are always cautious in regards to what their stuff is or isnt good for to save rubbish press or claims etc . Ashley
Shrek12/08/2008 16:00:00
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Hi all

Many thanks to  Chas, ken, and Ashley for your advice.  I contacted the shop yesterday and were happy to refund me  which they did no problem, So now i am looking for another radio set, Can any of you recommend a mid range radio set ?

Many thanks again


ashley needham12/08/2008 17:31:00
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Shrek, If i was getting a multi channel radio set I would get one of those 40m frequency hopping (Futaba is it?) types, then you dont have to worry about crystals and all that. A chap on our pond has one and it seems to work great. Ashley
Charles Oates12/08/2008 18:14:00
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Me too, a synthesised (?) set seems to be the future, no sets of crystals to buy at £10 plus a time, and lots of frequencies to choose from. I've not heard of any problems.


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