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    Old futaba radios

    Hey guys, I recently acquired an old friends old rc collection. Along with it was these three old futaba radios, with matching servos. My question, are any of them very good, or maybe worth anything? I wouldn't mind using one of them on one of the old planes that I got with them, but none of them have recievers. Can you still get a reciever that will work with it? Thanks in advance for the knowledge. Steve.
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    RE: Old futaba radios

    If it were me I would put them up on a shelf and admire the history of how far our equipment has truly come. I suspect your transmitters cost as much new as many present day multi channel computer
    transmitters?
    You have sever issues with those old radios. New Battery's required and were they "narrow-banded", etc.?

    I see such as you have at swap meets and mostly there are no takers.
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    RE: Old futaba radios

    That's kind of what I figured. Not very trust worthy. I just thought it would be neat to fly an old time RC plane with the exact set up that would have been used back then, but I might as well just run the plane over with my car, right?it is amazing the difference between that, and my DX-8. The hobby sure has come a long way. Thanks for talking me out of it. Some times I need that. Lol. Steve.
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    RE: Old futaba radios

    BTW, the old planes will fly though, just with newer electronics. All of the engines fired right up and ran great. To my surprise.
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    RE: Old futaba radios


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    That's kind of what I figured. Not very trust worthy. I just thought it would be neat to fly an old time RC plane with the exact set up that would have been used back then, but I might as well just run the plane over with my car, right?it is amazing the difference between that, and my DX-8. The hobby sure has come a long way. Thanks for talking me out of it. Some times I need that. Lol. Steve.
    We have a fellow club member that like to build and fly Vintage aircraft with Vintage radios that are older than yours. They can be updated and used for Nostalgia purposes.
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    RE: Old futaba radios


    ORIGINAL: stevegauth30@comcast.net

    Hey guys, I recently acquired an old friends old rc collection. Along with it was these three old futaba radios, with matching servos. My question, are any of them very good, or maybe worth anything? I wouldn't mind using one of them on one of the old planes that I got with them, but none of them have recievers. Can you still get a reciever that will work with it? Thanks in advance for the knowledge. Steve.
    Thanks for posting those pictures, Iremember each of those radios at the club when I was younger.

    My first radio in 1978 was a Futaba 4H, I gave it away 10 years ago but wishI had kept it for sentimental value...

    As already mentioned, probably wiser not to fly with these old radios, it is risky at best.

    Some of my old Radios and planes.

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    My biggest fear is when I die my wife will sell my planes for what I told her they cost.

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    RE: Old futaba radios

    Look for the gold sticker with the AMA tag. If you got that, at least it would be legal. Putting batteries in would be first step after that. Ebay has tons of old stuff. The vinyl clad one will run forever. I have the chrome round stick version I got for Christmas 78 and it still works fine. Just not legal without some big reworking.

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    RE: Old futaba radios

    Take a look on E-bay. There is a lot of this old stuff for sale there. Idon't know much abou it but some of the prices are much more than pocket change.

    Good luck


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    RE: Old futaba radios

    I don't think any of those are even legal to use anymore.
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    RE: Old futaba radios

    Not legal maybe but there are people who collect this stuff at top dollar. Recently there were some old Kraft single button type Tx there on E-bay going for $300+!

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    RE: Old futaba radios

    I know, that's crazy. One of them has the book with it, and it states that you need an "FCC class C license to operate it. Who woulda thunk?
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    RE: Old futaba radios

    I have a collection of 70's Kraft all FM narrow band except two which are narrow AM. I have thought of gutting my old Futaba and installing a Microstar encoder. Fulfilling a collection always caries a premium price. Nostalgia is always costly, bought a 60's muscle car lately?

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    RE: Old futaba radios

    I got my class C license back in 1976. You needed a class D to operate CB radios and class C to operate radio controlled vehicles. There were three bands available: 27 mhz, 50 mhz and 72 mhz. My first system was a single stick Royal 6 channel AM set I bought off Mr. TopGun Frank Tiano who was a member of the Kingston Aero Modellers. My very next system was a Futaba 6 channel AM set with the usual set of gimbals. I used that radio for well over 10 years before I got another set and it never gave me a lick of trouble. Seems they were made to last then. I know there are a lot of people that are into Vintage RC and they actually use vintage radios to equip their vintage models. I'm talking about escapements and push button actuated radios. A friend of mine showed me a radio he bought from a guy in Japan. It was an OS transmitter. Beautiful blue anodized aluminum case with a big push button on it. Single channel and had a good heft to it until you took out the dry cell battery that powered it. What a classic. Well enough history lesson.
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    RE: Old futaba radios

    The model on the right Fp4l uses a modern type encoder & in the uk was on the 35mhz band & is compatible with any of the present 35mhz rx's 10khz spacing & is just like using any 35mhz radio available today as long as batteries etc are ok. Dave

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    RE: Old futaba radios

    I might have to start collecting some of the vintage items... I love reading and learning about RC history. Thank you guys.
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    RE: Old futaba radios

    i see the same radios at swap meets for 1.00 each i bought one on 72 works great>>

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    RE: Old futaba radios

    i started flying in 1945 on 27 did not need a lic. for it

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    RE: Old futaba radios

    There are guys that will rework am and wide band radios to 72mhz and 2.4ghz. I'd do it to the gold one just for fun and to weird out people at the field.
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    RE: Old futaba radios

    Iยดll guess you can still fly with your old radio!!!

    Look close on photo and you will find it.

    Radio and plane are 30 plus year old. Receiver, FM module (narrow) servos and battery are not that old.



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    Hey atron, that's a real sweet lookin plane you got there. I love the old vintage planes. Very nice. What's it got for power?
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    RE: Old futaba radios

    Hey Steve

    I have all of those radios and use them, the most important thing I am told is they have been upgraded to 1991 standard which no one will do anymore.

    Throwing these radios away really grates my nerves they function well. I am hoping someone with electronic skills can work out a use for them meanwhile I'll be holding on to em.

    I've seen some converted for use on controline birds.


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    RE: Old futaba radios

    just hang on to theradios you can show your grandkids some day or show them off at the field

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    RE: Old futaba radios

    Yeah, there not going anywhere. Except someday one to each of my boys. For now, a good conversation piece.
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    RE: Old futaba radios

    I still have a single stick Heath 8 channel WB 72 mhz and receiver, if anyone is interested.
    It uses the old style 4 lead servos and has two RF channels.

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    RE: Old futaba radios

    The old radios are not legal to use now.
    But they can easily be converted to 2.4GHZ and will be legal.
    Just buy a hack module from Hobbyking and take out the crystal.
    You will need to find the frame connection and connect to that (Besides the + and -).
    It might be best to have a tech do that.
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