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Key Features

  • Large, backlit screen
  • 30-model internal memory
  • Airplane, helicopter and glider program options
  • SD card slot for data sharing, storage and updates (SD card required)
  • Li-Fe 6.4V, 1400mAh 2S transmitter battery pack
  • Integrated charging circuit
  • 9V AC/DC adapter supplied with automatic shutdown
  • Lightweight (770 g) transmitter design
  • Easily adapts to stick modes 1–4
  • Data entry via scroll bar and four push-button keys
  • Telemetry with receiver voltage sensor built in
  • Optional telemetry sensors available
  • Stick tension and spring adjustment
  • Dual trim options
  • Dual side slide-lever controls
  • Touch Select System for switch selection
  • User-selected menu for frequently used functions
  • 8-channel failsafe
  • User-assigned switch function
  • Programmable throttle cut
  • Two independent programmable timers

Overview

Using specifically developed JR® DMSS* technology, the all-new XG8 radio system provides a reliable 2.4GHz radio link with the ability to control popular model types within the airplane, helicopter or glider categories. In addition, the XG8 offers an Intelligent Output System for enhanced control accuracy and advanced telemetry functions to display critical flight data when you need it most.

The XG8 is the first JR transmitter to come with a Li-Fe battery, which has greatly reduced it weight. Inside the transmitter is an integrated charging circuit that automatically shuts down when the battery reaches full charge. No more worries of overcharging. Programming is easy thanks to the well-proven, intuitive user interface with data entered using the familiar scroll bar and four push-button entry keys. The programming information is clearly displayed on the large, graphical back lit screen.

Dual Modulation Spectrum System (DMSS) 2.4GHz protocol offers a secure radio link that combines DSSS and FHSS capabilities into a wideband transmission system and includes high-speed response and high resistance against RF noise. One benefit of DMSS* is the JR Intelligent Output System (IOS), which automatically selects control signals that need to be transmitted at exactly the same time and delivers the data as one complete signal frame. IOS ensures there is no time delay when commanding servos used for critical functions, such as a CCPM swashplate on a helicopter, or when operating a wing control surface with multiple servos.

Another feature of DMSS is its bi-directional communication that supplies telemetry information. Receiver voltage telemetry is built in as standard in every DMSS receiver, and add-on sensors will give you real time feedback of information from your model, such as the RPM of an aircraft propeller or helicopter rotor blades, temperature and variometer/altimeter readings.

No matter what kind of airplane, helicopter or glider you fly, the XG8 is designed to enhance your control and deliver an evolutionary level of precision that is genuine JR.

Standard XG8 System includes:
• RG831B 8-ch DMSS 2.4GHz receiver
• RA01T remote antenna/telemetry module
• Li-Fe 6.4V, 1400 mAh 2S transmitter battery pack
• NEC-A912 JR 9.0V power adapter
• Bind plug

*DMSS technology is not compatible with JR® DSM® or Spektrum™, DSM2® or DSMX® equipment.

Band: 2.4GHz
Computer Radio: Yes
Model Type: Airplane/Helicopter/Sailplane
Modes: 1, 2, 3, 4 selectable
Modulation: DMSS
Range: Full
Receiver: RG831B 8-channel full range receiver
Telemetry: Yes
Transmitter (Tx) Battery Type: 6.4V 1400mAh Li-Fe

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Manuals

FAQs

Is Spektrum allowed at AMA flying events?

The AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) has certified its use at all AMA fields and events when used as per the manufacturer's instructions. In fact, most event directors welcome Spektrum, as it eliminates the issues of frequency management.

What is DSM?

DSM or Digital Spectrum Modulation is Spektrum's proprietary method of implementing 2.4GHz spread spectrum technology for the R/C industry. DSM divides the 2.4 GHz band into 80 individual channels (frequencies) and incorporates direct sequence spread spectrum with an imbedded GUID (Globally Unique Identifier) code. DSM has been painstakingly optimized by our engineers for RC surface and aircraft use, offering the most robust RF link in the industry.

What is the difference between DSM and DSM2

DSM or Digital Spectrum Modulation is Spektrum's proprietary method of implementing 2.4GHz spread spectrum technology for the R/C industry. DSM divides the 2.4 GHz band into 80 individual channels (frequencies) and incorporates direct sequence spread spectrum with an imbedded GUID (Globally Unique Identifier) code. DSM has been painstakingly optimized by our engineers for RC surface and aircraft use, offering the most robust RF link in the industry.

What is DSMX?

A Natural Evolution

Spektrum launched the 2.4GHz RC revolution. Since then millions of hobbyists the world over have come to embrace 2.4GHz technology as the way to race and fly. Spektrum leads the way yet again with DSMX™; the world's first wideband, frequency-agile 2.4GHz signal protocol and the most advanced spread spectrum RC technology to date.

 

DSMX is a natural evolution of DSM2™ technology that is the result of several years of development. It builds on what has come before and takes DSM to the next level of robustness, reliability and efficiency without leaving current DSM2 users behind.

What is Frequency Agility?

What DSMX™ adds to the tried and true wideband technology of DSM2™ is the extra interference protection and faster reconnection times of frequency agility. But DSMX isn't just another frequency hopping system. It’s wideband agile.

DSMX frequency shifts are coordinated using the most advanced FHSS algorithm ever seen in an RC application. Unlike other FHSS transmitters that all hop in the same fixed patterns, every DSMX transmitter has its own unique frequency shift pattern calculated using its GUID (Globally Unique Identifier). And each pattern uses just 23 channels in the 2.4GHz spectrum.

By adding the agility of unique frequency shifts to the superior interference resistance of a wideband signal, and limiting those shifts to a smaller portion of the 2.4 band, DSMX transmitters provide on-channel interference protection that is simply second to none. The result is quicker reconnection times and superb response in the noisiest 2.4GHz environment.

What is Wideband DSSS?

The foundation DSMX is built on is the same foundation as DSM2™ - the superior on-channel interference resistance and coding gain of wideband DSSS. Compared to the wideband signal of a DSM2 or DSMX™ system, the narrow-band signal of other 2.4 transmitters is more likely to suffer crucial data loss in the event of on-channel interference. Think of wideband 2.4 as a river and narrow-band 2.4 as a stream. It takes much more interference to stop a river than it does to stop a stream.

The big reason wideband is so robust is coding gain. Essentially what this means is that the unique coding in a DSM2 or DSMX wideband signal allows it to be heard well above the noise of surrounding 2.4GHz signals without requiring any more power. In fact, a Spektrum wideband signal can achieve as much as 3X the range of its narrow-band competition using the same amount of power.

Is DSM2™ and DSMX equipment compatible?

Yes. DSM2 transmitters are forward compatible with DSMX receivers and DSMX transmitters are backward compatible with DSM2 receivers. And because DSM2 and DSMX share the same wideband DSSS foundation, all Spektrum users will enjoy superior range, speed and precision whether they're using DSM2 equipment, DSMX equipment or a combination of both.

Are DSM2 transmitters eligible for a DSMX add-on?

Yes, but DSM2 users who rarely, if ever, fly in big events or other "noisy" 2.4GHz environments may find the DSM2 equipment they have now is all they will ever need. The difference DSMX makes is only apparent when hundreds of 2.4GHz systems are in use at once. To see if your transmitter is eligible for the DSMX add-on, please visit horizonhobby.com, click on the “radios” tab, and select “DSMX addons” for more details.

What is Spektrum AirWare™ Software?

Spektrum AirWare™ software was developed exclusively by Spektrum from the ground up. This software includes all the programming functions an expert pilot could want, but you don't have to be an expert to use them. It also brings several unique benefits to Spektrum programmable transmitters that simply aren't available on other systems.

What is the Spektrum™ Data Interface?

The Spektrum™ Data Interface (SDI) is designed for use with standard SD memory cards and adds a whole new level of flexibility and ease-of-use. With the SDI, you will be able to:

Share setups with others who use the same radio as yours or transfer setups from your SD card to your PC and attach them to an e-mail. This makes it easy to gain from the experience of others or help others succeed. With the SDI, memory for thousands of models could be stored on the SD card or transferred to a PC hard drive for backup. And you can stay up to date with SDI, you won't have to send your Spektrum radio into a service center to get the latest Spektrum AirWare™ enhancements. You can download them onto your SD card and upload them to the transmitter yourself.

Does DSMX have ModelMatch™ and ServoSync™?

Yes. DSMX will provide users with these and the many other exclusive Spektrum advantages they already enjoy with DSM2.

What is X-Plus™?

The Spektrum™ X-Plus™ 8 module lets you add 8 fully proportional channels to specially equipped Spektrum transmitters and receivers with 10 or more proportional channels. Just plug it into the X-Plus port of a compatible receiver. It is ideal for scale modelers who like to push realism to the extreme with working accessories and lights in addition to the regular control functions. The DX10t and DX18 offer X-Plus.

How much range can I expect out of my radio system?

Spektrum ParkFlyer receivers are designed for small models up to 2 pounds. Spektrum full range receivers are designed to handle any normal RC conditions. You should have no problem maintaining control as long as you maintain direct line of site with your model. If you try to fly behind a group of trees or otherwise obstruct your direct line of site, you could be susceptible to losing your control link.

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