Hi Dave I completely get where you are coming from and yes I think Frsky is moving to a proprietary or perhaps half and half measure with their ethos operating system. I also think for “techy” guys like me NOT!(I know just enough to be dangerous) that there is an opportunity within this new system and its mixing capabilities to be adapted better than most to our nautical needs. Also with the amount of information / support out there painless 360, Mr D and Andrew Newton etc etc…. And even knowing that their main focus is drones and flying can easily be adapted to boating. I think the real kicker for mariners out of this system though is the third channel on each (twisty) stick and using it for bow and stern thrusters add in some mixes, “and bobs your uncle”.
Not sure if you’ve had a chance to review my earlier post on this thread with reference to jan fabri and what he has done to modify the x20s, I think he 3 d printed and modified the twisty sticks one step further (very interesting!) by adding a throttle to the top of each twisty stick (so running four channels per stick). I believe this Jan Fabri is also the same person that was looking to have the x20s transmitter run 48 channels which Andrew Newton has demonstrated in his channel.
As for the dual frequency aspect of the x20s yes for our needs probably over kill but at the same time adds a redundancy feature that protects the investment we have made in our boats, because not sure about the rest of you lot the costs do seem to creep up, especially if your imagination is allowed to run free.
Lastly yes 20 years for a transmitter and new technology is very optimistic for an investment that becomes obsolete as it’s released these days so I’ll adjust my forecast 19+ years should do!🙂.
Personally I think with the present technology and bits and pieces (3 d) out there for model ships these days and modelling in general, it’s an exciting time for our hobby, but it could also just be the drugs I’m on after having my hip totally replaced last week, either way life’s an adventure!
I think someone once said it’s the journey and the people you meet along the way that counts.