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Hitec Lynx 4S Radio System

If you're looking for a new RC Transmitter, you can't go wrong with the Hitec Lynx 4S. Hitec is known for its high-quality radios and transmitters and the Lynx 4S is no exception. It supports 4 radio channels, features an attractive back-lit LCD display, 4ms response time, operating voltage of 4.8V-8.4V, and telemetry plus bi-directional transmission. While prices vary from store to store, you can expect to pay between $275-$330 for the Hitec Lynx 4S.

Now that you know a little bit about the technical specs of the Hitec Lynx 4S, let's talk about its performance. Upon holding the Hitec Lynx 4S for the first time, you'll get the feeling that it's a high-quality transmission that rivals other big-name manufacturers. It's heavy, yet not too heavy, with an ergonomically designed trigger that contours to the shape of your finger. It's also equipped with a soft rubber coating for an even greater level of comfort while adding protection as well.

The Hitec Lynx 4S has a tight dead band, meaning even the slightest movements results in motion. This is particularly helpful when controlling helicopters in tight spaces, or performing various air-borne maneuvers. As mentioned above, the Hitec Lynx 4S has a 4ms delay, but this really isn't noticeable. The controls are fast, smooth and incredibly responsive.

Regarding radio range, the Hitec Lynx 4S will function at some impressive distances. When tested, the Hitec Lynx 4S operated at 1,000 feet.

Yet another perk of owning the Hitec Lynx 4S is its Micro SD card. Yes, this transmitter contains a Micro SD slot which can be used for memory expansion or to listen to music. Just transfer all of your favorite songs to a Micro SD card, place the card in the Hitec Lynx 4S, and you can play music while operating your favorite RC toys.

Open Source Radio Control Project (OSRC)

Originally launched back in 2011, the Open Source Radio Control is an open-source remote control system for use with RC cars, trucks, helicopters, planes and even watercraft. It supports FPV, GPS overlay, telemtry, module components, and encoded self-moving gimbals. Most impressive of all, however, is its support for 40 different radio channels – no, that's not a typo, the OSRC boasts a mind-boggling forty channels.

Technically speaking, the OSRC isn't a transmitter, nor is it a receiver. Instead, it's a fully functional remote control system that operates using open-source software.

The only downside to using the OSRC is its expensive price tag. Being that it's an indie project started by a group of RC fanatics, it's priced higher than mass-manufactured controllers. A standard-model OSRC will run you about $600-$700, whereas a nine-channel RC transmitter costs about $400.

Video: Flite Test - The OSRC Project

Check out the video below to see the Open Source Remote Control in action. This video also offers some insight from the creators of OSRC.