Sanwa/Airtronics M17 FH5 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System w/RX-493 Receiver

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This is the Sanwa M17 FH5 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System, with included RX-493 Receiver. The M17 is the next flagship transmitter for Sanwa and boasts a color display, touch pad and FH5 Technology, all with an updated lightweight and compact design.

The included RX-493 M17 2.4GHz 4-Channel FHSS5 SRX/SSL Receiver is a FH5/FH5U and SXR response mode compatible receiver that features a traditional 100mm coaxial antenna with an integrated antenna tube mount, ensuring stable performance in about any situation compared to built-in antenna receiver units. Furthermore the high-voltage compatible receiver is waterproof, comparable to IPX4, and it supports Sanwa’s SSL function. The unit measures 26×23.2x14mm, it weighs in at 6.2g and is designed to work exclusively with the Sanwa M17 radio system. 



  • Transmitter:
    • 20% faster than the M12S
    • Includes a 1S LiPo batter (installed) 
    • "FH5" Technology 
    • Weighs 21% less (510g) than M12 @ 610g 
    • 4-Channel Rx included 
    • Color Display
    • Touch Pad
    • Compatible with Micro SDHC 
    • Detachable Throttle Unit
    • SSL CODE10 & CODE5
    • Multi-Setting Gear Function
    • Full Adjustable Trigger
    • Position Optimization
    • Steering Swing Adjust Function (-10° & +10°)
    • Tilt Carrying Handle 
    • Strap Hook
    • Position Adjustment for Lefty
    • Large Steering Wheel
    • Quick Setup Wizard
    • Screen Reader Function
    • Vibration Alerts 
    • Variable Optional Parts
    • Backwards compatible with other Sanwa receivers 
    • And much more
  • Receiver:
    • 2.4 GHz FHSS5 Spread Spectrum System
    • Compatible with M17 transmitter
    • 4 channels
    • Telemetry compatible
    • SSL compatible with
    • Ultra Response Mode (SUR)
    • Extreme Response Mode (SXR)
    • Waterproof
    • The smallest and lightest receiver in the class

This product was added to our catalog on December 15, 2022

Kyle Murphy
Verified Owner
Friday, Jun 2 2023 (6 months ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics M17 FH5 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
Love the balance and lightweight of the radio. Tons of features and easy to use. Im sure this radio will hold up great for years.
bobby baker
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Apr 11 2023 (8 months ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics M17 FH5 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
As a long time Futaba user a friend let me try out his M17 with his Exotek F1. 10 laps later and I was ready to buy one and replace my Futaba 7PX. Looking over receiver sizes I went with 5 RX-482 for the small size. The radio came and looks great and feels even better when driving. Some negative things I have found. The battery that came with the radio has a usb charge port built in. Mine was pushed back inside the battery and I was unable to charge the battery without removing it. The battery door is held on with a Philips screw and the tabs on the inside seem brittle. The RC-482 receivers are very small but also very hard to get any plugs into it without sanding them down first. I had one out of the 5 RX-482 bad right out of the box. It would not power up.

Overall I think the quality is not as good as futaba. I do feel more connected to the cars with the Sanwa.
Douglas Cotey
Verified Owner
Thursday, Apr 6 2023 (8 months ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics M17 FH5 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
So far it works very well. The manual needs to be read thoroughly to understand how to use all the functions it has. Like how it feels in the hand and how the steering feels.
Wednesday, Sep 27 2023 (2 months ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics M17 FH5 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
This is currently, in my opinion the best transmitter in the market right now. I am new to this RC hobby. I started with something cheap that I just got from Amazon. I only paid $60 and I thought it will be ok. Few months later, my wife bought me a Sanwa MT-R which is a lot better than my $60 Radiolink remote. Me and my son enjoy using the MT-R. Later we bought more RC touring car kits and we became more serious. I decided to buy a Sanwa again of course and I ended up getting M17. That was the best decision I made. I learned that remote is one of the most important in RC racing. I disagree with some users saying that the operation of this is hard. That is absolutely very wrong. I found everything very straightforward. I love the colored screen, I also love the feature that you can reset the center of your steering. When you adjust the trim, there is an option that you can set the optimal setting as the new center. This now will no longer affect uneven steering in one side especially if you are using a bigger value on your trim. Another option I like is the “feeling”. This choice is available with both steering and throttle. If you bring the feeling a little lower, the movement will be more calm and less aggressive. This feature works hand in hand with exponential. The lipo battery that comes with thr unit lasts forever. I told myself, why did I not get this before? It is worth every penny. The best thing sbout this remote is the response. It is currently the fastest in the market. At our local racetrack, all the experts use this. So go ahead and buy this. You will never be sorry.
Jesse Nickels
Verified Owner
Thursday, Sep 7 2023 (3 months ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics M17 FH5 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
I am coming from an NB4 which is a fantastic Tx especially for the money and I will keep using it for my Talion as I like the INr4 GYB Rx in there. Now I can't say scientifically but it does "feel" very snappy with the cars and while finding some stuff in the menus can be a little challenging here and there, so are all Tx's, and it did actually come with a pdg printed manual. The Sanwa fh5 Rx are a bit pricey compared to FlySky, but I have had great results with a Das Mikro Rx so far (_definitely_ the same case as the FlySky FGr4S the little antennae-less one) for ~$30 direct from him. I think I am subscribing to the M17 "connected to the car" Kool Aid. Convert the battery to Qi imo. It was easy and seems to work very well.
Nicholas Van Horn
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Jul 4 2023 (5 months ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics M17 FH5 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
The radio is supposed to great from what I've heard but at a 600.00$ you don't get a charger with or the microsd with it so now im looking everywhere for one that will work for it and not do any damage to the lipo or the remote meanwhile it needs a class6-4(the 4 can be found easier)the class 6 sdhc card (near impossible) to find except on Ebay and the final blow is if you go to Sanwas site you need to do a firmware update required for it to operate but on their secured page it will not download to computer Securely.the.1.01.10 zip file they have a .8,.9 which can be downloaded but I'm unsure if 10 will be needed, and guess what contacting Sanwa is Bogus too because when you try to email them about why this is happening you get an email kick back error saying their email is over quota(full)was hoping this would be bind and ready to drive but because of what is stated above I'm now waiting on a charger and micro sd card in the mail since they do not to include a charger (micro usb) or micro sd card at 600.00 price tag these should have been included considering the charger and micro sd card are cheap so now I don't know if it works or won't work for a week until the other stuff arrives so now I wait will update the review if it works
but for anyone who is thinking on buying one read this review 1st and understand that for the price you pay NO charger or sd card is included to update and charge to bind it so buy those as well and know you CANNOT CONTACT Sanwa currently on their page! Read Carefully or you'll be like me waiting longer.Cannot do anything with it until its fully charged and has the micro sd card in for a firmware update that may be broken so check to see if your cpu will let you attempt to download version8,9,10 before buying this radio!