First Impressions using the HobbyKing 2.4Ghz 6Ch System

Greetings All,

First Impressions using the HobbyKing 2.4Ghz 6Ch TX & Rx Radio System

This morning I flew my 48" McClain wing using the new HK 6 channel 2.4 gig. system. What follows is not a comprehensive review but merely comments about the system and personal impressions after three flights.

First off, for the price of about $ 33 plus shipping from China, it simply is not fair to compare the HKT6A with something like the Spektrum DX7 or other top of the line systems.

However, having said that, I was very pleasantly surprise with improvements made over my HK 4 channel TX. The sticks moved the servos smoothly and evenly. For me the TX has an overall comfortable feel and my McClain wing flew beautifully using the system.

The T6A transmitter only cost a few dollars more than the HK4 channel TX but has many more features. For example the T6A has adjustments for subtrim, endpoint, stick assignments, dual rates, mixes, and switches that can be assigned to various functions plus it has two radio-type dials. It also has several helicopter settings.

My T6A system did not include a manual, software disc, or wall charger. I knew this was the case when I ordered the system. But a two unit receiver WAS included!

Regarding system setup, other than trim tab ajustments, setup has to be done on a computer. The T6A config file was easily found and loaded thanks to references posted at RCGroups. For me the most difficult part of setup was finding a driver that allowed the TX to communicate with my PC via the recommended USB cable. After considerable searching Windows finally located a driver that worked with my Vista system. The driver file used was: CP210x_VCP_Win2K_XP_S2K3 located at the following website:

https://www.silabs.com/support/

Once the driver was loaded into the laptop, the TX and the PC linked immediately. After linking, using the T6A config software was fun. I found the graphical interface simple and easy to use.

I would not recommend the system to pilots just learning to fly because setup might pose a problem and the system has features many backyard flyers don't need. For pilots who have expensive, feature-rich systems, the T6A would make an inexpensive backup and may even surprise you with its performance and functionality. And lastly for pilots like myself who like to keep things cheap and simple the HobbyKing 6 channel system is what you've been waiting for!

Regards,

Desert Hawk
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