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Very much like buying your first plane, if you ask a hundred RC flyers what’s the best transmitter… yes, we know the answer to that, so here’s a few pointers.
Buying a transmitter can be expensive, so it’s worth getting it right from the outset.
The starting point is generally how many channels do you need. For example, if your first trainer model has motor, ailerons, elevator, and rudder (and they all do), then you’ll need a transmitter with a minimum of four channels. Having said that, there are few four channel transmitters on the market; the starting point generally being six channels. So, when you’ve mastered your trainer, and you fancy moving to a more advanced model with, for example, flaps and retractable undercarriage, you’ve already got it covered if you already own a six channel transmitter. So, it’s likely most RC flyers will advise you to start with at least six channels or, if your budget allows, eight. However, if you think you’ll never want any more functions on your models than those mentioed above, then a good-quality six or eight channel receiver will work for you for many years.
As for manufacturer, there’s quite a few out there and some better than others so, take advice and speak to members at your local club.