This is the Futaba 3PV 3-channel radio system with a 3-channel R203GF high-voltage receiver. As soon as you pick up your 3PV in your hand you'll be able to immediately tell how lightweight it is. Then you'll check out the advanced programming menu displayed on the large, easy-to-read screen. Once you start to use it, you'll realize just how fast the response rate is and understand that you're holding a system in your hand that could make all the difference on race day. You also are able to take advantage of FHSS, S-FHSS, and T-FHSS protocols, making it one of the most versatile surface systems on the market.
The 3PV is available with a choice of two different included receivers: the R304SB telemetry receiver for keeping you up-to-date with vehicle information, or a high-voltage R203GF receiver that's ideal for brushless ESCs and digital servos.
- FHSS/S-FHSS/T-FHSS protocols
- Large, easy to read programming screen
- Four-wheel steering and brake mixing
- Model data copy
- Anti-lock brake system (ABS) function
- R203GF 3-channel receiver is ideal for brushless ESCs and digital servos
- DT3 selection
- Throttle fail safe
- Steering and throttle trim
- Channel 4 trim
- Sub trim
- Steering dual rate adjustment
- Steering and throttle end point adjustment
- Channel 3 and 4 end point adjustment and servo reversing
- Steering and throttle exponential
- Auto power off after ten minutes
Transmitting Frequency: 2.4GHz band
Power Requirement: Four AA cells
Current Drain: 100mA or less
Transmission Antenna: Dipole (built in)
Communication Method: Two-way T-FHSS, one-way S-FHSS, FHSS operating system
R203GF Receiver, FUTL7603;
Dimensions: 1.37 x 0.9 x 0.33 (33 x 23 x 8.5mm)
Weight: 0.21oz (6g)
Operating Voltage: 4.8 - 7.4V (shared with servo)
Battery Fail Safe Voltage: 3.8V*
Current Drain: 30mA at no signal
Antenna Length: 7.5 (190.5mm)
*Battery fail safe voltage is set for 4-cell NiCd/NiMH battery.
Battery F/S does not work properly when other types of batteries are used
1x Futaba 3PV 3-Channel Transmitter
1x R203GF 3-Channel High-Voltage Receiver
4x AA batteries for transmitter (may also be powered by the Futaba HT5F1800B 6V NiMH pack FUTM1482, or the Hobbico LiFe 6.6V 1900mAh pack, HCAM6521).
This product was added to our catalog on July 14, 2016
Had issues with the stock transmitter and receiver of my Losi RTR. Went through two replacements and an upgrade of the same brand. Both replacements and the upgrade were plagued with issues. This Futaba stopped all that nonsense. Plop batteries in it, plug in your ESC, select S-FHSS or FHSS mode, hit the bind button on the receiver and you're in business. Say goodbye to bind plugs, complicated binding procedures or sacrificial offerings to the RC gods in the hope you got the correct sequence of trigger pulls, dial twidling, distance from the receiver or just plain waiting long enough for it to magically work.
Steering input reacts much quicker and handles high voltage servos with ease. A little adjustment of the sub trim and the throttle expo in my case, and it's a much more "connected" feeling to the car. Super easy to adjust on the fly despite the rather archaic menu and display. Whatever. It works perfectly and is more than adequate for the task.
Feel is a little cheap. This is true. Fit is perfect my hands, but this is a personal thing. You may not feel the same. For the price, I don't think you'll find better. Highly recommended!
The trigger on this is HUGE! Great for people with fat sausage fingers - much bigger than the 4PV trigger.
Wheel foam is fine on mine, but plastic case/frame a weird finish spot under the buttons. NO biggie.
8/13/20 Update: This transmitter suffered a "RF module" failure after about 7 months of very light use (wife's radio). Calling Futaba and leaving messages was absolutely fruitless (during the pandemic)...Never received a return call. Resorted to sending in an on-line Service Request which was responded to after 3-4 business days (wish Futaba had advised that this was the only potential way to communicate). Sending the unit in to Huntsville (still under warranty); but, have been advised that their current turnaround time is 6-8 weeks. Really not acceptable in comparison to other r/c companies I have dealt with this year (also during the pandemic). Will be buying my wife another system.
Compact and light weight! Really comfortable for hand. Just installed and it was really to go, no binding needed.