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Robbe Futaba F-14 Navy Alternative

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  • Robbe Futaba F-14 Navy Alternative

    Howdy, all. Are there any good alternatives to this radio, it seems to be unavailable :/

    Cheers

    - hywel

  • #2
    You could use the similar F-16 as well or find a standard F-14 and a twin stick module and install it yourself. I heavily modified my F-14. Click image for larger version

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    • #3
      The F-16's seem just as rare, it seems. I'll just keep looking, thank you!

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      • #4
        See this

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13rENStnyw8
        Regards Gantu

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        • #5
          I seen Robbe F-14, F-16, FC-18 and FC-28 where people added a twin stick. The main problem is finding one of those transmitters. There where never many in the US. Most people I know buy the FC-18 or the FC-28 as there module transmitter and easier tor run by adding 72 or 75mhz module. But then you need to find and buy a twin stick to install. For both the transmitter the twin stick, everyone I know had to buy them in the UK or Germany and ship them to the US. Which drives the price up alot.

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          • #6
            Hi the F models of the remotes are very cheap in Germany I saw some for 30 to 40 euros used. If I can help you out I can send them to you?
            Regards Gantu

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            • #7
              I have a single stick fF16 That was originally 40 Mhz that I bypassed and added a Futaba 75 Mhz module to. I also have a twin stick F-14 in 2.4 Ghz. They can be found,, just need to be patient. They are very easy to mod away from 40 Mhz to 75 if your in the states.

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              • #8
                Thank you all very much - I've found some options that might work.I'd be interested to understand how you converted to 75Mhz SubICman - sounds like I need to cannabalize an existing 75Mhz unit or find one with a swappable module. Cheers!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by hywel View Post
                  Thank you all very much - I've found some options that might work.I'd be interested to understand how you converted to 75Mhz SubICman - sounds like I need to cannibalize an existing 75Mhz unit or find one with a swappable module. Cheers!
                  It is fairly simple. You make a harness from a servo lead and a piece of long pin header and jumper wire from an electronics or Arduino prototyping kit. My assignment of servo lead wires is as follows" Red negative batt., Black positive batt, and white is PPM.

                  Cut a bread board jumper in half for the antenna adapter. ( the short white lead with the pin on the end)

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                  Then you unsolder a jumper from the main board. This is the power to the Radio on the board. It is the spot with discoloration around it that the arrow is pointing at.

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                  Unplug the Antenna from the board.

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                  Then plug in your harness, antenna lead and your FM module. The positive lead (Black) on the trainer is to top of the trainer jack when looking at the mainboard so that the control jacks are closest to you. Remove the bracket for the multi switch, and the FM module is double sided tapped into the multi switch bay, Velcro could be used also. Done!

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                  • #10
                    THIS IS AWESOME!!! Thanks so much SubICman for the guide, I'll be doing this as soon as I get my hands on one!! Absolutely epic!

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                    • #11
                      No problem. It's easy, doesn't violate the FCC and was actually a fun little endeavor. Putting my navy electronics background, applied electronics and EE degrees to work for good....lol

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                      • #12
                        Ha! While I'm handy with a soldering iron, I have zero understanding of electronics - and don't even get me started on LEDs and resistor calculations!

                        I really appreciate the guide, thanks a million. Based on the board I see assuming this is an FC-16 you're modifying? Is the board similar across the F-14 and FC-* models? I'm sure there are differences, just wondered if they're significantly different, you know?

                        Cheers,

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by gantu View Post
                          I’m so sorry I missed this, this is GENIUS … thank you for sharing

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                          • #14
                            https://radiosouthrc.com/. This company can make anything you want I inquired as to whether they can convert a 72 MHz radio to 75 MHz... I was told no problem if I could supply the crystals..... Interesting possibilities...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bob Gato View Post
                              https://radiosouthrc.com/. This company can make anything you want I inquired as to whether they can convert a 72 MHz radio to 75 MHz... I was told no problem if I could supply the crystals..... Interesting possibilities...
                              VERY interesting indeed! Thanks!

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