Futaba 4YF

AR6000 receiver

Spektrum DX6


BR6000 receiver

DAK Club R/C expert Doug Sharpe developed guides for Spektrum radio usage in R/C tanks.  San Diego Steve offers the “sleep Solution”

Click the links below to give them a try.

The Spectrum DX6 for Dummies.pdf.

Firing Button for Specktrum DX6.pdf

Spektrum DX6-Putting Your Tank to Sleep.pdf

Spektrum DX6i

AR6200 receiver


AR500 receiver

Attention DX6i Users

DX6i owners are advised: our service center has a concern of potentially bad stick potentiometers, which can be identified with this easy process:

1) Turn on your transmitter and select the servo monitor display

2) Smoothly move the sticks in each axis, carefully watching the commanded position on the monitor

3) The monitor should show smooth movement tracking with the input. If the monitor “jumps” or hesitates, please send your system in for service using one of the links below

Radios with a date codes of 809E, 810E, 811E, 812E should be carefully checked. If your radio does not have a date code, the test is still advisable. And please, as is common, check your controls before flight.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.


DX6i Service—US customers

Customers outside of the US and Canada should perform the test and then contact their local retailer or local Spektrum distributor. Distributors may be found here.




Spektrum DX6 2014

Spektrum DX7

Spektrum DX4-E 2014

Without the radios and receivers... you have expensive models.


When DAK formed and joined in the RC tank hobby in 2005 the transmitter/ receiver field was limited to Analog AM or FM radios and specific frequencies. We used FUTABA 4YF or older variant radios and had to be wary of conflicting channels.

A few years in and the spread spectrum technology arrived and we began to use 2.4 ghz.  These frequency hopping, digital radios and receivers used a range of thousands of freqs and allowed the problem of channel conflicts to be quickly forgotten.  The DX-6 was the first Specktrum radio many of us invested in and for around $200 bucks you had a programmable radio with 10 model memory.  The only limitation was the limitation was the feeble rechargeable battery inside the transmitter.

We are a solution hungry bunch and there of course were updates and fixes with better batteries and changing the voltage regulator inside the radio.  Another mod for the tank community was the robot or “bot” receivers that removed the aircraft fail safe that essentially programmed the tank full backwards when the transmitter was turned off. (think engine off in a plane or helicopter.)

The next few additions to the stable changed everything for the better.  Futaba added their own 2.4g models and updated their trusty 4YF to a digital version and brought the prices down to the $100 mark.  The radios also used AA batteries so the more casual users didn’t need to really worry about the power issues

with fancy radios.  Tamiya didn’t officially approve of all these new radios

and still bundled the older Futaba Attack ground radio with some of their

releases but many of us made the switch long ago and have had no real

problems.  Now Tamiya has started to bundle the newer 2.4 g attack radio

and it seems to be a brave new day

The radio DAK recommends for beginners is the trusty Spektrum DX-5e.  $99 bucks new with a receiver it still has analog simple features and fits the one tank. one radio requirement. You can add firing buttons with some inside knowledge and you can find them everywhere.  They are often bundled with park flyers and many serious aircraft RC vets will trade them in at local hobby shops. You can pick them up for a deep discount.  The only drawback is Horizon will not sell the spare parts for them so if the antenna breaks (as they eventually do) you have to use tape or heat shrink to fix it. If you want to self center the throttle, the spring and arm will have to come from a donor radio.

AR600 receiver

AR6110e receiver