I have a GWS Pico receiver that is very glitchy. It's installed in a Zagi.
It gets so bad that at points the plane starts to fly off by itself and once
nosed in at full speed.
Is my only solution getting a new receiver? Are there any receivers that are
cheaper than the berg that are considered fairly glitch proof?
I used a hitec/rcd 555 in my Zagi. It flew fine everwhere and at extreme
distance from the transmitter except in an area known (to me) to have
problems...near a hospital. I also have a Berg but have not flown it yet.
Don't be so cheap. A Berg is only $20 more than a GWS Pico receiver. Going
cheap on a 6 oz slow flyer is one thing. It's downright dangerous to be using
one of those things in a brushless zagi. The Berg is far and away the best in
class. Just get one and you won't be sorry.
I personally would NOT use a single conversion RX like the GWS in a
fast plane that is not kept close.
Heed the other's advice...... get a good double conversion RX and I'll
take the bet that your glitches will be gone.
The Berg 4 is smaller and lighter. The Berg 5 gives you all the
utility of a 6-channel Rx for most practical purposes, as the decoder
output skips channel 5 and outputs ch 6. Dunno about your
application, but I find the flaperon and/or spoileron function much
more useful than retracts. Unless you are really in a nitpickin'
weight and size crunch, go for the 5.
| Don't be so cheap. A Berg is only $20 more than a GWS Pico receiver. Going
| cheap on a 6 oz slow flyer is one thing.
No, even in that case it's a mistake. The GWS 4P is $30, a FMA M5 or
Berg is like $50. The GWS can start flaking out if anybody else flies
near you. It's just not worth it, even on a park flier.
(And the GWS 4P is still *way* better than the Hitec Feather ...)
| It's downright dangerous to be using one of those things in a
| brushless zagi. The Berg is far and away the best in class.
Far and away? No. The FMA M5 seems to be comparable to the
Berg-4*DSP, and the FMA FS8 seems to have all the features of the
Berg-5 DSPII (and more.) (The Berg-5 DSPII is a good deal smaller,
Berg seems to make fine receivers (I don't own any myself, but I've
seen lots of people talking about them.) But the FMA receivers are
top notch as well (and I've got lots of the M5s.)
They may very well be the best in the class. But far and away, no.
| Just get one and you won't be sorry.
Almost certainly true.
I have both Berg 5 DSP and FMA M5. They both work well for me. A flying
aquaintence lost a plane the first cold flying day this fall when the signal
was lost. Repeated bench tests showed his receiver became inoperative at low
temps. Would be inoperative coming out of the freezer, then recover as it
warmed up. FMA service denied this was possible. He sent it in to them for
"testing". They sent it back with a note that it tested fine, yet it would
still not operate at low temps. During repeated calls they denied it was a
problem. They then refused to take further calls from him. He posted his story
of a bad receiver and very shabby treatment by FMA on ezone and they called him
immediately to tell him a replacement would be on its way. They also admitted
they hadn't actually tested low temp operation even though that was the
complaint on the repair ticket. As a result of his posting, others freeze
tested their M5s. Some found they would not operate at freezing temperatures.
I tested mine and found no problem.
Any manufacturer can have a bad product. That can be forgiven. What is
unforgivable was the rude and condescending treatment meted out by FMAs
"Customer Service". I will not buy any more of their products.
In contrast, Berg has very generous and attentive customer service. Given
theoretical equal performance of the Berg and FMA receivers, I would still
bestow far and away best status to the Berg based on service.