| This past week I was literally given everything I need to start flying
| RC aircraft, including two aircraft and engines. A relative's neighbor
| was throwing everything out, but my relative rescued the stuff and
| surprised me with them.
| I'm concerned that the controller (a 6-channel setup from the mid
| 80's) might now be illegal to operate. Anyone know anything about
Assuming you're in the US, and that your date is correct, it probably
From 1988 to 1998, they went from 80 kHz to 40 kHz to 20 kHz channel
seperations, and as of 1998 it's illegal to use any transmitter that
uses more than 10 kHz (in the 72 mHz band.)
Transmitters can be modified to use the narrow band and generally
they'll have a gold AMA sticker if this modification has been made.
is a pretty good summary of what happened.
Your servos are probably still good, but your transmitter and receiver
are likely to be obsolete. Post the exact models here and channel and
we might be able to give you a more definitive answer.
Your batteries are almost certainly junk. But they can be replaced
If your radio equipment needs replacing, you can probably do so for
about $100 for new equipment (assuming a 4 channel setup) or less if
you can find some used equipment (like I could probably sell you an AM
transmitter and receiver for $50 or so.)
Doug McLaren, firstname.lastname@example.org
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