Although I haven't posted for a while I thought I would put this up, because as far as I can see
I don't see how we can ignore this issue
I have posted this topic previously in RC groups but i thought I should bring it up here.
Like you I love to run my model subs. I have been doing so for the last ten years . However recently I have had some concerns about the future of this aspect of the hobby.
My trusty 36mhz radio has started getting glitchy. As trying to narrow down the cause I have ascertained it is something with the transmitter. I then got online and started looking at the possibility of replacement.
I don't have a problem with 2.4 ghz. I've never actually used it , ( and I do fly gliders) however most of us seem to know that it does not work underwater. This is a problems for us Submariners.
Do you know how hard it is to find non-2.4ghz radios? I am convinced that the major RC companies are phasing out our old FM technology and this concerns me, and I have not really seen the issue raised on any of the chat forums. People seem oblivious.
I know that the second hand market will be around, initially picking up an FM radio ( be it 36 , 35 , 40 or 75 MHz) probably won't be too difficult initially and most people will probably get a good radio for a good price.
However in 4-5 years time as the second hand market 'dries up' so to speak then the price of these radios will probably slowly rise. As these radios get rarer and rarer there will be less people engaging in that hobby called rc subs and those that do will hold onto their radios like gold.
We live in a throw away society, if it dies just by a new one! , well what if that technology is no longer continued and has not been for years. What then?
I live just north of Sydney Australia, finding someone locally and even in Sydney who could fix my radio, good luck with that. I just pray that my other radios hold out for as long as possible because finding someone who can repair these old radios is like all the other things I've mentioned, probably going to get harder.
Maybe there are solutions that I have not thought of. If people do have solutions I would love to hear them. I do not know if there is some way that 2.4 ghz radios can be modified to transmit on our FM frequencies .I don't know I'n not electronically minded unfortunately.
I do think that this will only become a more pressing issue as time goes on. We are only a tiny percentage of the RC community and there are a lot of. Rc people who don't even know we exist. We have very little 'clout' with the big manufacturers.
In 5 years time will we be totally dominated by 2.4ghz with a small number of people hanging onto Fm? Worst case scenario I see being the RC community no longer being able to justify the use of it's allocated FM bands and having them reallocated to some other sector.
As mentioned earlier I would love to hear suggestions as to how we can find ways around this problem. I read recently about a set up called "Tactic Anylink'. does anybody know anything about this?
"Baldrick ,you would'nt recognise a subtle plan if it painted itself purple and danced on top a harpsichord singing "Subtle plans are here again!!" Blackadder.