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Old 02-20-2012, 08:39 PM
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A very unique system!! I would have given up...my brain can handle about 3 clicks..before its overloaded! Great that you have it and can "upgrade" it. Seeing these older system really shows were we have gone in tech. Wait for about 5 to 10 more years, when we can bank, climb and throttle by thought!

Very cool system...thanks for sharing that!
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by TM4197 View Post
A very unique system!! I would have given up...my brain can handle about 3 clicks..before its overloaded! Great that you have it and can "upgrade" it. Seeing these older system really shows were we have gone in tech. Wait for about 5 to 10 more years, when we can bank, climb and throttle by thought!

Very cool system...thanks for sharing that!
Just to clarify. The Macgregor was my first radio, but that`s Philg`s vid of his one.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:30 PM
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Ahhhh...I see now! Thanks!
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:26 AM
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Smile first radio

MY first was an ACE COMANDER . Some time it actually worked. That was back in 1955. THE OLD GRUMP
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:11 PM
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Two of my old radios recently that were given back to me. I sent them off to radio South to have them updated to narrow band so they will be in use sometime this year.
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:58 AM
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Just came across this article a couple weeks ago. An Air Trails tech report on my first store (Kit) built radio. I think I got it through America's Hobby Center for maybe $19.95, plus P&H? Got it with my first job while going to Community College. Took 2 weeks pay to get it, fed min at that time to start, $1.13/hr, and I started out 10 hours/ week. Couldn't find any pages showing the first radio I bought that actually worked, an F&M single channel (Venus??)transmitter on 26.995 MCS (Then, megacycles, shortly after while I was still in school, they changed to Megahertz) for the huge price of $29.95, and later an F&M Pioneer transistorized Relayless Super regenerative reciever for only $19.95. Whi9le waiting to build upthe money to get the F&M, since I apparently was able to get the kit Transmitter to work but not the reciever, I actually tried to build 3 different recievers from mag articles, first was a tube/single transistor unit, small mini tube and a 2N107 transistor that cost me almost $8.00, then a single RK-61 Gas Tube rcvr from Flying models that I could get to turn on (Gas Tubes had a very attractive violet glow when on) but had to cut power to turn off, and then a WAG 3 tube job. None of them worked. When I got the F&M equipment, I finally started learning how to crash. Went from self neutralizing escapements, to compound escapement, to cascaded compound escapements, then an amazing new thing, an F&M Superhetrodyne reciever. Crystal controlled! No longer had to sit around waiting for an opportunity to fly, because with the old Super Regen, only one person could turn on the transmitter at a time. Of course, first came single channel motorised rudder and throtle servo, then one single try at Galloping Ghost. Then in the AF, just before rotating stateside from Wheelus, I bought my first proportional outfit, a Control-Aire 5 channel proportional, on clearance sale for the amazingly low price of $350.00. Onluy about a 1.5 months salary for a recently promoted E-4. With NiCad batteries, reciever and 5 cell battery, and 4 servos, only a 28 ounce airborne package weight. And I found out before my first flight with it, the metal encased radio was VERY sensitive to metal to metal electrical noise. But ground range was line of sight. And, with a voltmeter, there were two leads from the rcvr case so you could always keep the reciever in tune by following the instructions.
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by TLyttle View Post
Ace pulse, '66 or so. Radio control was far more complicated then: one had to trim the model for climb, and stable glide (freeflight stuff). If you wish to find out what that was like, just pull the plugs on everything but the rudder, and run the slimer flat out. Then go fly!

Next radio was an EK, with the brick and 2 extra servos, much more sophisticated, but my models crashed just the same...
Planes designed for single channel were basically stable and could fly hands off if right and down thrust and cg were about right. I got pretty good with Ace Pulse Commander and eventually had success converting Berkeley, Flyline and other scale rubber powered models to 1/4 to 1/2A power and even rolled some of my own designs. Much better than my struggles with mail order DIY hard tube receivers, sensitive relays, escapements and A,B, and C batteries.
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:23 AM
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I remember around 1964, a plane designed for what was then called Class 1 RC, which meant an aerobatic class for rudder and engine throttle only. Plane was named the windmill, was about the size we were flying with .15s to .19s, but this design used a .45, and several degrees of UPTHRUST on the engine mount. This on reeds, not proportional. The article on it included a circuit board that let the flyer jump between an idle, a cruise setting, and a high throttle for takeoffs and loops. Flyer had to jump off the ground in high throttle, then cut back to cruise, then select whichever throttle position was best for the particular manuever in the flight order. I only saw one fly, was very scary.
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by 50+AirYears View Post
I remember around 1964, a plane designed for what was then called Class 1 RC, which meant an aerobatic class for rudder and engine throttle only. Plane was named the windmill, was about the size we were flying with .15s to .19s, but this design used a .45, and several degrees of UPTHRUST on the engine mount. This on reeds, not proportional. The article on it included a circuit board that let the flyer jump between an idle, a cruise setting, and a high throttle for takeoffs and loops. Flyer had to jump off the ground in high throttle, then cut back to cruise, then select whichever throttle position was best for the particular manuever in the flight order. I only saw one fly, was very scary.
What you're describing sounds like the quick blip throttle for single channel.
I had one setup like that, it took two escapements, one for the rudder and one for the throttle, I never had a lot of success with it.

I flew reeds for years and the throttle was adjustable because you had a special servo that didn't return to neutral after each command.

I'm building an old class one ship now, but I will never give up my proportional equipment, or elevator. Now it's class two.
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:32 PM
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I was supprised that no one said anything about my first radio , a Hobby Lobby blue case about 1969 then a 70 series Kraft .
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:30 AM
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While my first proportional radio was a very heavy Controlaire 5 channel, with linear rack servos, it was all discrete components and transistors. My first modern radio was a Pro Line, sold by Hobby Lobby, with the Signetics chip set. I think the Pro Line with 4 servos weighed less than the Controlaire reciever alone.
I remember a number of guys I flew with who had flawless operation on quick blip throttle escapements. I was not one of them.
I just looked up my file on the Windmill. Seems the designer used 8 channels on his reed system and several switcher boards from the original ACE RC to drive 2 Bonner servos. Using the rudder switch got him 5 degrees either side of center, while using the aioleron switch to get 15 degrees right and 45 left. A similar set-up on the trimmable throttle servo got him a number of different fairly precise throttle settings for various stunts. He did admit that it might have been easier to use a proportional system. Sounds like it should be easy to do the set-up with a modern computer radio.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:58 PM
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I don't remember the name brand but it probably was whatever the least expensive single channel system advertised in Model Airplane News to be had in 1972. The transmitter had a on-off switch and a momentary contact button. No memory of the receiver; had a rubber band escapement for the rudder. Put this stuff in a balsa and tissue glider and flew it off the highest hill around. Managed a few turns (it worked!!!), gained some altitude, and went out of range. It flew very nicely on it's own, way out over the forest below. Never found it...
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:40 AM
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You didn't wind your rubber band up enough. lol My brother and I had one of those as well.
My first proportional was The Blue Max and I remember it well as I had so much darn trouble with it. I even remember it was Mick Wilshire in England that sold it to me. I lived in NZ then. The servos looked good in their day but they were rubbish and never centred. I had a helpful technician who did a lot of letter writing to Mick in those days but achieved nothing. So I bought a Sky Leader set. Chalk and cheese the difference. Never bought another thing off Mick all my life.
Next was Futaba several times. Batteries lasted forever then. Never had to replace a flight or transmitter pack nor even servos. They just kept going.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:56 PM
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Why... in my day, we used a tin can in the plane and one on the ground with 300 feet of string and hollered directions to the model. This worked as well as gas triodes that needed baking in the oven, "sensitive" relays and rubber band escapements that locked up or unwound. First real success came with transistorized superhet receivers, like the CS-501 "Honeybee" and later the ACE Pulse Proportional Commander with Adams actuators and button-cell nicads.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:02 AM
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1960, 1st R/C plane a Babcock Piper Ti-Pacer with a Kraft K3VK single channel receiver built from a kit controlling a Citizenship SN-2 escapement. Guidance by a Citizenship SPX tone transmitter, power by a Cox Baby Bee .049. Could never get this combination to fly but put the system in a Goldberg Junior Falcon and had some success. All bought at a real hobby shop with my paper route money!
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:56 AM
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My first radio system was a Heathkit 5-channel. I bought it in April of 1970, right after I got out of the Army. $239.95. Spent 2 weeks building it, then built a Top Flite Headmaster, (under) powered by an Enya .15. Taught myself to fly it. A lot of good memories there.

Still have the radio.

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Old 02-03-2016, 02:57 AM
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How 'bout a Kraft Sport Series 6 channel? $300 in 1979! I had to put it on layaway while I built (you HAD to build 'em back then) my Bridi T-20 with an O.S. 25FSR.












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Old 02-03-2016, 03:09 AM
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If there was ever a thread that revealed the members age, this is it. Heathkits? Wow, that's a name I haven't heard since my early teen years!
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:09 AM
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I must be a relative newby when it comes to rc.
I started in the late 70's with a Futaba 2ch.Medallion,as I was getting into 1/8 rc circuit cars.A friend of mine built several RCM&E radios out of kits sent over from england.I bought one,and later converted it to 35mhz and 8 ch,to use in an airplane.Lots of trouble with that one,even though it had worked perfectly for several years as a 2ch car tx.My 1st "real"airplane tx was a Futaba 4ch,which at the time cost me about $300US.
I now have a Futaba FF7,UPS8,a 5ch helicopter tx,2 Turnigy 9X,and a Frsky Taranis,all of them converted to Frsky 2.4.
We never had it so good!
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:42 AM
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Wow, this is an old thread!

As posted previously in this thread, my first radio was a ControlAir 27 Mhz radio system that I converted to operate a Rand Galloping Ghost Rand servo. That was in 1964, and I actually got it to work.

Only problem with it was that ControlAir receiver would be knocked out of the air anytime anyone with a CB radio within 5 miles turned it on.

I took my wife and kids out to the local school yard to show off Daddy's airplane. We just had an inch or two of rain, and everything was all soggy. And, shortly afterward. the receiver got hit. With that Galloping Ghost servo, the motor went to full power, and all control was lost.

Now, for the rest of the story. (Yup, this did happen!) Some local farmer boys found that model about a mile away by their barn. There was not a single scratch on that model, but it was an absolutely total complete loss. You see, the farmer kids found that the Enya 15 engine of that model buried to the wing in the side of the farmers very wet, soggy manure pile. Still have parts of that old Rand Galloping Ghost servo.

A fellow co-worker gave me his old ControlAir transmitter and receiver many years ago. This transmitter had a single push button for controlling the Escapement. And, both the transmitter and receiver still work, even though they are a good 50 years old.
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyWheel View Post
If there was ever a thread that revealed the members age, this is it. Heathkits? Wow, that's a name I haven't heard since my early teen years!
Ah, the Heathkit RC system. They were known as "Heathquits", and for good reason.

Compare that to my MicroAvionics radio, where the average number of flights before something failed was around 50.

I did build the HeathKit color TV. That thing cost $700 in 1970, and you had to spend two weeks building it. As a comparison, my wife and family traveled on a two week vacation from Wisconsin to Yellowstone Wyoming and back the same year, and all expenses came up to $225. It was a good unit though, and it was still working 10 years later when a co-worker bought it from me.
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Old 02-03-2016, 03:22 PM
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Ok Guys

While on Heathkit, does anyone remember
The Heath Parasol?

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Old 02-03-2016, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by kyleservicetech View Post
Ah, the Heathkit RC system. They were known as "Heathquits", and for good reason.
This is the first time I've heard the term, "Heathquits." I put about 500 flights on my Heathkit system and during that time, I only experienced one radio malfunction. The aileron servo became intermittent, but only when the engine was not running (vibration kept it going, apparently). So one day, the engine flamed out on final approach and oops, no roll control for a moment. Once the servo started working again, I kept gently rocking the wings back and forth right to touch down. When the airplane rolled to a stop, the servo totally quit.

Anyway, my Heathkit system was fantastic. I still have it and it still works. In fact, I pulled it out of storage recently, cleaned it up, installed new nicads in the transmitter and bingo, it worked perfectly!

Good times, good memories!
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:03 PM
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Ever heard of Hairtonic or Fruitbar radios? A.K.A. Airtronics and Futaba.
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by born2build View Post
Ever heard of Hairtonic or Fruitbar radios? A.K.A. Airtronics and Futaba.
No, but I have heard of Spekulum radios.
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