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Futaba Corporation (双葉電子工業株式会社) (lit. Futaba Electronics Manufacturing Corporation) is a Japanese company that is most known for designing and manufacturing hobby-grade radio control systems including transmitters, receivers, servos, electronics and model aircraft. These products are used as the electronic link between the person controlling a model aircraft and the ground and the actual remote control system in the vehicle.

Other things that the corporation design and manufacture include industrial radio control and display units including OLED and VFD.

Futaba was established on February 3, 1948 as a manufacturer of vacuum tubes for receivers and vacuum fluorescent displays. Futaba became one of the first companies of its type to provide comprehensive radio control products, selection and service to hobbyists. Futaba systems and products were quickly accepted and used by serious competitors and casual enthusiasts alike. Futaba products are used in the air, on the water, underwater and on the ground for all types of RC models. Today, Futabas two main products lines are radio controls on the one hand and press die set components, mold base components and VFD (Vacuum Fluorescent Displays) modules. Futaba manufactures all components in-house, including tools and manufacturing facilities.

Transmitters

Futaba 7-Channel 2.4GHz FASST Airplane Transmitter

Futaba 7-Channel 2.4GHz FASST Transmitter

This is the airplane version which will default to airplane settings when powered up and has a ratcheted throttle stick.

Modeler can change from the default mode (mode 2 in USA) by holding the Mode and End keys and then turning transmitter On to access the STK feature, changing mode and turning transmitter Off and then On again. It is recommended to send transmitter to the Futaba Service Center to change switch operation.


  • Futaba's FASST (Futaba Advanced Spread Spectrum Technology) shifts very quickly virtually eliminating signal conflicts and interruptions unlike other 2.4GHz systems that only stay on one or two frequencies
  • Dual antenna diversity enables FASST system to automatically and seamlessly select the best reception between the two antennas built into the receiver ensuring that the aircraft stays under constant control of transmitter regardless of altitude.
  • Newly designed Dial-N-Key jog dial with joy stick button allows cursor movement in four directions for very user friendly navigating through menus and programming.
  • 10 model memory
  • The manual for this transmitter is also available PDF Icon.png

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Size: 1.6 x 1.1 x .35" (40 x 27 x 9mm)
Power Requirement: 4.8 - 6V
Current Drain: 170mA
Weight: 0.34oz (9.8g) with case, 0.25oz (7g) without case

Receivers

Futaba R617FS 7-Channel 2.4GHz FASST Receiver

Futaba R617FS 7-Channel 2.4GHz FASST Receiver
  • High sensitivity receiver weighs only .25oz (7g) without case yet is a full range system for all aircraft from giant scale to park flyer applications-no need to buy separate receiver for specific aircraft.
  • Simple one-touch linking - no plugs to mess with or lose
  • Dual Antenna Diversity allows 2.4GHz FASST Futaba transmitter to select the best reception between the two receiver antennas with no signal loss
  • Rubber grommets installed where antennas exit to eliminate stress and fraying of the two antenna wires
  • One year limited warranty


Size: 1.6 x 1.1 x .35" (40 x 27 x 9mm)
Power Requirement: 4.8 - 6V
Current Drain: 80mA (at no signal), 74 mA(w/ signal no servos on 4.8)
Weight: 0.34oz (9.8g) with case, 0.25oz (7g) without case


Futaba R6106HFC 6-Channel 2.4GHz FASST Receiver

Futaba R6106HFC 6-Channel 2.4GHz FASST Receiver

  • Extended coaxial antenna can be routed outside a carbon fiber fuselage for ideal reception.
  • Use with any servo in normal mode or digital servos in high speed mode
  • Ideal for park flyers, indoor models and helis up to 19.7" (500mm) in length and 39.4" (1000mm) main rotor diameter also ideal for carbon fuselage sailplanes, and the 50" wingspan class of airplanes
  • End pin design for easy servo connections.
  • Easy Link ensures receiver recognizes and responds only to transmitter it is linked to.
  • One year limited warranty through manufacturer.


Size: 0.85 x 1.53 x 0.48" (21 x 39 x 12mm)
Power Requirement: 4.8 - 7.4V
Weight: 0.25 oz (7.1g)


Futaba R6004FF 4-Channel 2.4GHz FASST Micro Receiver

Futaba R6004FF 4-Channel 2.4GHz FASST Micro Receiver

Compatible with the following FASST transmitters; 6EX, 7C, and the following transmitter modules; TM7, TM8 (on 7 channel mode), TM10 (on 7 channel mode) and TM14 (on 7 channel mode).

  • Designed for short range application such as indoor aircraft only
  • Limited flight range of 300 ft (91.4m) maximum
  • Compatible with standard size connectors only
  • Easy one touch linking to transmitter
  • One year limited warranty


Size: 0.81 x 1.39 x 0.30" (20.5 x 35.3 x 7.5mm)
Power Requirement: 4.0V- 8.5V (although this receiver can
be used at 8.5 volts, follow the
voltage specs of your servos).
Weight: 0.13oz (3.8g)
Approximate range: 300 ft (91.4m)


Servos

Futaba S3050 Digital Standard High Torque Servo

Futaba S3050 Digital Standard High Torque Servo

This is the Futaba S3050 Digital Servo with Metal Gears. Ideal for a wide variety of high-stress applications, including 1/8 and 1/10 scale off-roaders, boat rudders, and large-scale airplanes.

  • Durable metal gears
  • Digital technology gives performance advantage
  • One year limited warranty

Includes in box:

  • One S3050 Digital servo with preinstalled .83" (21mm) round servo horn
  • Four Rectangular Grommets
  • Four Brass Bushings
  • Four 2x11mm Mounting Screws
  • One Large Round Horn - 1.4" (35mm) diameter
  • One Six Arm Horn - 1.2" (32mm) long
  • One Four Arm Horn - 1.5" (39mm) long


Speed: 0.20 sec/60° @ 4.8V 0.16 sec/60° @ 6V
Torque: 72 oz-in @ 4.8V 90 oz-in @ 6V
Size: 1.6 x 0.8 x 1.5" (40 x 20 x 38mm)
Weight: 1.7oz (49g)


Note: For full performance of digital servos use them only with FM, PCM and HRC systems. Do not use digital servos with AM systems. This servo cannot be used with the following transmitters; Conquest AM, FG series (T4FG, T5FGK, T6FG, T6FGK, T7FGK, New Terratop, 3EGX, T3PGE, T2NL, T2LGX, T2FR, T2PK


Futaba S3153MG Digital Micro Metal Gear Servo

Futaba S3153MG Digital Micro Metal Gear Servo

This is the Futaba S3153 Micro Digital Metal Gear Servo.

  • For small electric powered aircraft models

Includes in box:

  • Futaba S3153 Micro Digital Metal Gear Servo with J-connector
  • 0.79" (20mm) diameter four point servo horn
  • 0.79" (20mm) diameter round horn
  • 1.6" (40mm) diameter four point servo horn
  • Servo mounting hardware
  • Instruction and warranty sheets


Speed: 0.13 sec/60° @ 4.8V, 0.11 sec/60° @ 6V
Torque: 19 oz-in @ 4.8V, 24 oz-in @ 6V
Size: 0.9 x 0.4 x 0.8" (22 x 11 x 20mm)
Weight: 0.38oz (9.6g)
Lead Length: 6.7" (170mm)


Note: Do not use this servo with gasoline powered models, large gliders or other models requiring high torque.


Transmitter/Receiver Usage Chart

The below chart shows what Transmitters work each Receiver [1].

   Recievers  
Transmitters R603FF

R603FS

R604FS

R614FF

R606FS R6004FF

R616FFM
R6106HF
R6106HFC
R607FS
R617FS

R608FS

R6008HS
R6014FS
R6014HS
R6108SB
R6208SB

R6203SB

R6203SBE
R6202SBW
R6303SB

R6303SBE

Protocol Selection
3PM 2.4GHz X            
3PKS 2.4GHz X            
3VCS 2.4GHz X            
3GR 2.4GHz X            
4PK / 4PKS / 4PKSR 2.4GHz C1 Mode X           Via Screen Selection
C2 Mode   X         Via Screen Selection
6EX 2.4GHz     X X   X  
7C 2.4GHz     X X   X  
TM-7(*)       X   X  
TM-8(**) 7ch Mode       X   X Via Switch
8ch Mode         X X Via Switch
T8FG 2.4GHz

T8FG Super 2.4GHz

7ch Mode     X X   X Via Screen Selection
Multi-ch Mode         X X Via Screen Selection
T10C 2.4GHz

(with TM-10)

7ch Mode     X X   X Via Screen Selection
10ch Mode         X X Via Screen Selection
T10CG 2.4GHz 7ch Mode     X X   X Via Screen Selection
10ch Mode         X X Via Screen Selection
TM-14 7ch Mode     X X   X Via Screen Selection
Multi-ch Mode         X X Via Screen Selection
T18MZ 7ch Mode     X X   X Via Screen Selection
10ch Mode         X X Via Screen Selection
T14SG 7ch Mode     X X   X Via Screen Selection
10ch Mode         X X Via Screen Selection
(*)(**) Set the trasnmitter's mode as "PPM" to use the TM7, TM8.
(**) With selection of "7ch" mode or "8ch" mode via switch, the receivers above listed are available.

With R6014FS, available channel is limted as 8ch since the transmitter's limitation.
With T7U, the R608FS and R6014FS are available with "8ch" mode but available channel is limited as 7ch since the transmitter's limitation.

Notes/References

Notes

  • The brand is distributed in North America by Hobbico of Champaign, Illinois, USA.
  • The address of the company is: Futaba Corporation, 629 Oshiba, Mobara, Chiba Prefecture 297-8588, Japan
  • The capital of the company is 22'558 mio. Yen and it has 5'263 employees (as of March 31st, 2010).

References

  1. This chart was taken from http://www.futaba-rc.com/receivers/air.html on Jan-1-2013 12:36pm CST.