OS Digital 3-Channel by World Engines advertisement in American Aircraft Modeler
from a 1968 edition.
The OS Digitron DP-3, 3-Channel Radio Control
System was my first radio control system. To the right is a photo of my system, that was first installed
in a homemade air boat (Cox .049 used for power). The transmitter and
the receiver both had a dark blue, metal case.
At one point I installed the OS Digital 3-Channel radio in my Andrews S-Ray model airplane. It had
a steerable nose gear and throttled engine, which allowed me to run it up and down the road in front
of my house for fun - yes, at 15 years old that counts as fun. My neighbors begged to differ, however,
since the transmitter, at 27.195 MHz spewed some pretty significant harmonics at the VHF television
channels. The 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th harmonics fell squarely into the band. When I switched the transmitter
on during the summer afternoons when soap operas and game shows were being viewed, housewives within
three or four houses of mine would stick their heads out the door and yell at me to turn it off. They
weren't too thrilled with the engine noise, either.
The pictures below were grabbed from an auction on eBay. It looks exactly like the system I had.
I had completely forgotten about the sewn leather case that went on the transmitter. It came in handy
once when I left the transmitter sitting on top of my car after loading the airplane and field equipment
into the car, then puling out of the driveway and seeing the transmitter bounce off the road. Yikes.
The only damage was a hole in the side of the leather case where one corner of the metal case punched
OS Digital 3-Channel R/C System Servos on eBay
OS Digital 3-Channel R/C System Servos on eBay (modelenginegarage)
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Here is a photo of an OS 6 channel radio that went up for bids on eBay in July of 2008. I've been
waiting for one of the 3 channel models.