The B-T1 radio from GS racing is a great radio for land based RC vehicles! I was badly in need of a high quality FM radio, as my other AM radios weren't up to the task. But the problem was, I couldn't find a FM radio for a good price - until I saw the BT-1.I bought this radio mint from Hobby Hangar's annual sidewalk sale and swap meet. I managed to get the radio new in box with receiver for only $5, but online it can cost around $40. For $5 it was a steal, but I didn't know how well it would work, so as soon as I got home I plopped it into my Associated RC18T.
One thing that I noticed immediately was that the receiver was "standard sized", meant for larger 1/10 scale cars and trucks. The RC18T is a 1/18, half the size of the 1/10 scales! I managed to get the receiver mounted on the top plate, but if your vehicle has limited space, make sure it has room for this standard sized receiver. Next I put 8 AA batteries into the battery tray, and put the battery tray into the radio. Having a separate battery tray is a bonus; this means that later on you can add a rechargeable pack without too much fuss!
That was just about it for mounting and preparing everything. Next I read the included manual, since I saw some knobs and buttons on the radio - I need to know what they did! There is one button on the top of the radio, which is the 3rd channel switch. Then there are 6 knobs on the front of the radio. The two upper knobs are the trims for the steering and throttle. The four knobs below that are to set the EPA (End Point Adjustment) of the steering and throttle. Of course, there is an on/off switch, and three colored LEDs tell you how much battery life you have left.
After I got everything adjusted to how I wanted it, I ran my RC18T with the radio. Perfect! Everything worked well, without a hitch. Range is excellent, I could drive until I couldn't see it, and still had full control. The only problem seems to be that the radio likes to eat up the AA batteries. When you aren't using the radio, I recommend you take the batteries out, so they don't drain any more. Other than that, I think this is a great radio! I highly recommend it.