Futaba 3PM 2.4 GHz FASST Review
My first RC experiences was with a Futaba radio, this is back in 1992 when I bought my first RC vehicle. Since then, I always owned Futaba radios except for the last 3 years that I used a different brand. Like many racers, I had the need for the 2.4GHz and after few researches on the web, my choice ended on the Futaba 3PM 2.4GHz Fasst (Futaba Advanced Spread Spectrum Technology). I didn’t have the money to afford the 3PK radio but the 3PM fitted right in my budget.
Installation and testing
Like others Futaba’s 2.4GHz radios, The 3PM Fasst shifts channel every 2ms (500 times per second) to prevent any interference. This is one of the features that convinced me to buy this radio. At the opposite of others 2.4 GHz systems on the market, the 3PM Fasst doesn’t stay on the same frequency from power on, it shifts every 2ms. The longest interference will only be 2ms, you can’t detect a 2ms interference.
To test my new Futaba 3PM 2.4GHz Fasst, I installed the receiver in my RC18T and installed fresh batteries in the transmitter. Within few clicks, I quickly dialed the radio and I was ready. The best place to test my new radio was in a huge parking lot. I did few slow passes to make sure all trims were correctly adjusted. I didn’t think than I can see the difference between my old radio and the Fasst system. Yes, I was able to feel a difference. The control of my RC18T was smoother and the servo and ESC operated more precisely.
There are few buttons around the steering knob to fine tune the trims. You can easily adjust the trims will running your car or truck, don’t even need to glance at the radio. This is a nice feature while you are racing. Dual rate can also be quickly adjusted with the button located on the handle with your thumb.
A clean look, easy to operate. Can’t ask anything more !
The R603FF receiver is small and will take place in any receiver box easily. Its short antenna is less prone to damage than typical receiver antenna. The receiver have a special ID code to communicate with the radio. This eliminates any “un-wanted” communication between the radio and the receiver.
The small R603FF will fit any receiver box
Why the radio operates so smoothly ? The telecommunication between the transmitter and the receiver is optimized. The radio sends two times more bits of information per packet and uses a 32768 degrees of resolution for the servos. What does it means ? Simply imagine the servo travel as 32768 different positions. This is extremely precise considering that the servo only travels 60 degrees. Add those two features and you will understand why the radio operates so smoothly.
The navigation trough menu is easy
If you need to bind your receiver to the radio, simply press this button
A complete and well explained manual is included
- Steering, throttle and third channel endpoints
- Steering and throttle exponential
- Fail safe in HRS mode
- Adjustable anti lock brake (pulse, cycle and delay)
- 10 model memory
- Throttle acceleration
- HRS/PPM auto-detecting
- Brake mixing
- Programmable steering, throttle and third channel
- Steering dual rate
- Brake travel
- Configurable trim buttons
- Alarm, stopwatch and timer
- Adjustable wheel tension
- Adjustable led intensity
What I liked
- Operates really smoothly
- Packed with great features
- Interference free 2.4GHz system
- Easy to navigate trough menus
- Complete instruction manual
What could be improved
- Foam on the steering knob moves easily
- I didn’t find anything else…
The Futaba 3PM 2.4GHz FASST is a great radio packed with features normally found on more expensive radios. The Fasst system works flawlessly. The radio is covered by a one year warranty. The radio in comfortable and relatively light, this is great for long mains.
For a street price of 180$US, this radio is must for any basher or racer. It definitively worth’s the money !
For more information, visit www.futaba-rc.com