There appears to be similar theme among all those that play with radios; They all seem to enjoy additional and a similar set of hobbies. The second most represented hobby is Aviation, either Full Size and/or RC Scale.
For 12 years, I flew my full size and very fast Cessna 182 RG - N5196R camping around the Pacific Northwest and I enjoyed it immensely.
|5196R - Flying near Redline|
165 Knots (190 mph) at 30 feet
Concrete Wa - 1994 Flyin
We (mostly I) then left the RC hobby spending more time working for a living and flying my Cessna. My son continued with his interest of RC Flying and still has bits and pieces of some of our previous RC aircraft. He expanded into the expensive ($600) Computer Controlled Transmitters and the new GHz frequencies. I considered it all to be too expensive to keep up with the advances. . . .
I found and purchased a new 2GHz 6 Channel TecTic Transmitter and Receiver for only $99 from TowerHobbies.com. I purchased two sets, for less than one typical Big Brand Named systems. It is a nice setup. The mode-2 TecTic Transmitter is "wireless" buddy cord Ready, easy to set up and use, at the touch of a switch. I am rusty, and still need a little refresher-help when I attempt to fly.
I still like to fly Sailplanes, but now they are electric powered as a motor glider, I now have the Vista Sailplane ARF. Even with my re-newed interest in RC flying. Lack of time, and assistance has slowed my re-learning process. My two planes set in the shop, with the batteries draining from lack of use.
Mark, of BrainWagon.com Fame, has posted several nice blog entries; here and here, that has rekindled my interest in RC Flying. Mark's latest adventure is here.
The new electric motors, batteries and servos do not seem expensive for scratch built foamies and park flyers.
I also found a $15 Flight Simulator setup from HobbyKing.com, now I can continue to practice even when it is raining here in the Seattle area. I do plan to spend more time RC flying (and/or fly fishing) this next year.
With my dog "Tess", Ham Radio, RC Flying (and Fly Fishing), I may not have time enough time for all that I want to do - but it will be . . . fun trying :-)
Note: I just found out that my Cessna 182 (non-RG) is available as a RC Aircraft, . . . it could be fun, . . . but it would not be the same!!