The HK-T6A-M2 also known as Hobby King 2.4Ghz 6Ch Tx & Rx V2 (Mode 2) is a good starting transmitter. It has 6 channels, which is plenty for a RC rookie. You use 4 channels for flying, the other two maybe for flaps or landing gear. The radio came well packed, so no damage was done while in transit. If you want to program the transmitter (you sure do) you will have to order the programming cable, as this radio is programmable only via a PC. It’s a pity the cable isn’t included in the radio package but, for 5 dollars you can’t really complain. Just be sure you order it with the radio. The radio uses 8 AA batteries in a row. This can be quite expensive, if you don’t use rechargeable batteries. I made a LiPo conversion, which I will describe in a later article. You can also use rechargeable NiMH batteries. The Turnigy AA LSD 2200mah from Hobbyking will work very well. The LED battery status on the transmitter shines from green to orange and then red in the end. Green LED indicates the voltage is higher then 10,8V; If the LED is orange the voltage is somewhere between 9,4V and 10,4V; If the LED is red the voltage is below 9.1V. I suggest you replace the batteries immediately after the LED turns red. I haven’t tested the range of this transmitter, but people say it’s around 1km, which is beyond line of sight for most RC planes, so you won’t lose your plane. The The HK-T6A is a good choice also because of its cheap receivers. The receivers are 9 dollars a piece so this is a big plus too.
As said, you will have to program your receiver via PC. You can use T6config free software for programming your transmitter. I would recommend using Digital Radio software, as it is better, and costs only 2 dollars. The manual for the HK-T6A-M2 can be downloaded here.
Binding procedure for the HK-T6A-M2
- Install the batteries in the transmitter.
- Insert the jumper to the Bat port of the receiver.
- Connect the receiver battery to any one of the channels. The LED will be flashing meaning the receiver is waiting for the transmitter.
- Press and hold the Bind button on the transmitter, and then switch on the transmitter.
- Observe the LED on the receiver. When the LED stops flashing, the bind was successful. This should be almost instantly.
- Release the Bind button on the transmitter and remove the jumper and receiver battery (remove everything from the receiver)
- Install a servo and receiver battery and test if the bind was successful.
- If the test fails, repeat steps 1-7.
All in all, this is a good starting transmitter. It sits well in the hand. The transmitter costs $22.99 and one receiver is already included. There is nothing much to add there. There are no big downsides, I could maybe mention the cheap look and the need for a PC when programming the transmitter, but that’s about it. Everything works fine out of the box. The range is more than enough. If you are a RC beginner or you just want a transmitter you can have it in your car for those quick Sundays, go for it!