Sanwa/Airtronics MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System w/RX-482 Receiver

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This is the Sanwa MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System. The MT-44 is the next development for Sanwa offering impressive features in a lightweight and compact transmitter. Most notably, the MT-44 is the first to use low voltage technology as it's power source, using only three "AAA" batteries for power, or an optional 1S LiPo battery. This advancement not only helps reduce overall transmitter weight, but it also helps free up size, space and comfort requirements.

Other worthy features of the MT-44 transmitter include a white backlit HD display, a collapsible handle to provide full view of the LCD, USB charging, telemetry, 1S LiPo capabilities, FH4T and FH3 support.


  • High-resolution liquid crystal display
  • Dot size equivalent to that of the M12S
  • Optimization of steering & throttle position, even without offset bracket
  • Industry's first low-voltage transmitter
  • Powered by 3 "AAA" batteries (supports 1S LiPo)
  • USB charging support
  • Very Lightweight
  • Quick setup function
  • Safety link
  • Racing mode
  • Custom menu
  • Supports micro SD card
  • Telemetry switch function
  • Clock function
  • Environmental temperature display function
  • LOG data CSV output
  • Supports CODE 10 (name correspondence)
  • Telemetry data 3 simultaneous data display
  • Supports multiple languages ​​(Kanji compatible)

Other Functions:

  • Large Full Dot LCD Monitor
  • White LED Backlight
  • Fully Adjustable Trigger
  • Telemetry function
  • Built-in antenna body
  • Menu selector (multi selector operation)
  • ST, TH tension adjuster
  • Dual rate
  • End point adjustment
  • Anti-lock brake function
  • Servo speed
  • Offset ● Trim / sub trim
  • Servo Reverse
  • Curve (Exponential / Adjustable Rate Control)
  • AUX 1 (Select 3ch operation type, same function as MT-4S)
  • AUX 2 (Select 4ch operation type, same function as MT-4S)
  • Failsafe function (radio wave / battery)
  • Timer (wrap / interval / down)
  • 20 model memory (when using SD card 250 models)
  • Model name (12 characters)
  • Model (select / clear / copy)
  • Direct model select
  • Trim Type (Center / Parallel)
  • Throttle Type (70: 30/50: 50)
  • RF MODE setting (FH4T / FH3)
  • Response mode setting (NOR / SHR / SSR) * Attention
  • Key Assign (SW / TRIM / DIAL / LEVER)
  • AUX TYPE setting
  • CODE AUX (with name change function)
  • Step AUX (steps 1 to 100)
  • Point AUX (2 to 6 points)
  • 4WS mixing (FRONT / REAR / NORMAL (in-phase) / REVERSE (opposite phase))
  • MOA mixing (front wheel drive / four wheel drive / rear wheel drive) * Variable drive ratio
  • AUX mixing (ST mixing, TH mixing)
  • Buzzer (scale and volume change)
  • Transmitter battery alarm
  • LCD contrast
  • Volume adjustment
  • Mechanical steering angle adjustment
  • Small grip pad included

NOTE: SSL (Sanwa Synchronized Link) System

    • When used with compatible RX-472, RX-482, Super Vortex Series, SV-Plus Series, the setting of ESC etc. by Transmitter is available through SSL functions while driving.
    • Since the setting can be done without the stop of car, the detailed adjustment in accordance with Race conditions is available without interruption of Intervals and the change of machine conditions.
    • It is often said that telemetry system reduce response speed. However, SANWA Original Data Processing and Algorithm Design makes Telemetry possible without response speed reduction.
    • Sanwa's Excellent Telemetry System has no response speed reduction.
    • Please do not use Analog Servo for SHR mode or SSR mode. If analog servo is used for SHR mode or SSR mode, the servo will be broken and will not work.
    • Digital servo (SRG series, Digital ERG series, SDX series) can be used both for NOR mode and SHR mode.
    • SSR mode can be used only by SRG series servo.
    • In SHR or SSR mode, BL-RACER, BL-FORCE, BL-SPORT, F2000, F2200, F3000, F3300, SBL-01, SBL-02 and SBL-03CR do not work. Please use NOR mode for the above ESC.
    • SV-08, HV-10, HV-12, F2500 can work by NOR/SHR MODE.

This product was added to our catalog on December 30, 2016

Monday, Mar 13 2017 (about 4 years ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
Two race days into this, and I have to say its great. Coming from Futaba (3PKs & 4PLs) and Spektrum (DX4R Pro) radios I get it when people say they are "more connected" to their vehicle.

Very light weight
Menus are much simpler than previous Sanwa/Airtronics radios (compared to M11)
Screen very high resolution and clear
Very fast boot up, including shortcuts to boot directly to the car selection screen.
SUPER comfortable in the hand
Makes me feel like I'm driving with telepathy (it's that smooth/quick)
Native LiPO compatibility, including adjustable low battery alarm
Micro SD Card slot for backing up settings and firmware upgrades.
Telemetry reads receiver voltage without any additional sensors (handy for nitro racing).
Standard wheel position is already where a dropdown would be, no need for a drop down.

Cons: (None of these are deal-breakers for me, just things I think Sanwa could have improved.)
Battery life.
No left-handed option. I don't understand why left handed drivers have to buy the $500+ radio!?!
Included reviver RX-482 doesn't fit in the Associated RC8B3 receiver box. But it's still a great receiver.
No rocker/two-way button on grip for steering D/R. It uses one of the rocker buttons around the rim of the wheel for steering D/R.

Other thoughts:
Out of the box, it uses AAA batteries. Most rechargeable AAA batteries are 800-900mAh and that is good for a couple hours of use. You will need to recharge those every race day. If you are going to run a long nitro main, you will probably want to top them up before the main. They have a LiPo coming out but it's only 1200mAh. LRP has a 3200mAh LiPo coming out for the MT-44 soon, As far as I'm concerned this is a must have. This radio uses a 1s LiPO so most of the LiPO batteries for radios on the market are not compatible.

Update, after a couple months I still love this radio. I have started using a standard 18650 Li-Ion cell. You can find them almost anywhere, they are used in a lot of LED flashlights, and those E-Cig/Vape contraptions. I bought a Tenergy 2600mAh (P/N 30049) cell for $10 at Frys, soldered a receiver lead to it and it works and fits great, it even has built in voltage cutoff. Just be aware when buying 18650 cells, they come in different voltages. The one I bought is 3.7v Nominal 4.2v when full just like a LiPO, so I can just charge it on my charger as a LiPo. I get several race days between charges (running 1/8 eBuggy and Nitro). I could probably go longer, but I just like to charge every couple race days for the piece of mind.
Verified Owner
Thursday, Jan 5 2017 (about 5 years ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
Just raced with this radio last night. I'm a middle of the pack club racer so take that into account for this review. I came from a Spektrum radio. The radio felt great in my hands. The weight, balance, and control position were fantastic. The ability to change the trigger angle and positon as well as the spring tension was great. Same with the spring tension on the wheel. I was able to get the tensions dialed in perfectly for me. All in all I felt more connected to my car. I was able to drop my avg lap times last night by about .6 secs. I even thru in a 13.9 second lap last night of which I've NEVER done on my home track.

The Screen was well lit and easily readable. Like the short cuts that you can do to get straight to some screens on start up of the radio. I haven't yet tried to set up the telemetry so I cannot comment on that yet. All in all, Everyone at the track last night fawning over this thing. If your a serious racer.. This Radio is for you.
Sunday, Jan 22 2017 (about 4 years ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
Very happy with the transmitter, I came from using an MT4 that I have always been happy with. MT44 is as advertised. Easy to read, easy to navigate, way less scrolling and button pushing to change models. I'm using it for racing 1/8e and nitro buggy and 1/10 2wd/4wd.
Things to be aware of.
Buy extra batteries, the dry AAA's drain quickly... I cannot wait until the Sanwa 1s lipo is released. 3 AAA batteries make it through 2 race days for 2 classes.
Radio only supports FHS3 and FHS4 receivers. (MT4 supported FHS2,I have several of those)
Verified Owner
Thursday, Jan 25 2018 (about 3 years ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
Overall a good system. Dial is a bit hard to use. Weight is super light almost too much. Battery use is very minimal. Handle sucks and should just be removed as I never use it and it is in the way. If you have the extra cash, step up to the 12. Zero issues for performance, just doesnt feel like the price tag in my opinion.
Verified Owner
Friday, Dec 31 2021 (3 weeks ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
Getting back into RC.. I needed a radio that's similar to the m8. I good friend recommended this transmitter to me so I purchased it. It's a lot lighter than the m8 bc it doesn't take 6 AA batteries. The overall feel of the transmitter felt familiar. Maneuvering through the settings was straightforward. There's definitely more adjustments than my old m8.. (trigger position, wheel tension, and wheel position). Overall, I'm very happy with this transmitter.
Verified Owner
Saturday, Jul 31 2021 (6 months ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
Even though this radio is not the top of the line transmitter, it would be better than a lot of elite radios. The best features are in the radio, and I especially like the ease of programing on the top screen. The feel of the radio and the steering wheel seems just perfect for me. I now have a radio that will last a long time and operate at a high level. A++++++++
Verified Owner
Saturday, Mar 14 2020 (about a year ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
Best radio system I've owned very good quality AAA+++
Verified Owner
Thursday, Feb 6 2020 (about a year ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
it took 20 days longer than expected but it arrived very well, thanks
Thursday, Feb 28 2019 (about 2 years ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
My brother, my Dad and I all were using the MX-V for the first year or so of competitive off road racing. Then we switched to the MT-44 and oh my god was it an improvement. I feel so much more connected to my car using the MT-44 and the response time is great. Switching radios and receivers shaved about 3 seconds off my lap times which is huge. The menus are a little confusing and take some getting used to. Binding takes about two seconds. And the nice thing about the MT-44 is the quick select model feature and also the quick access button for all of your end point adjustments, the M12 doesn't have that. And honestly I've used my brothers M12 and the only noticeable difference between it and the MT-44 is the size of the radio. Also if you buy the lipo a single charge lasts me almost 5 race days.
Verified Owner
Thursday, Jan 3 2019 (about 3 years ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
I bought this radio to replace my old MT4, which I used since 2015

- Very light
- Fits in the hand with much more precision than the MT4
- Better wheel position (down wheel)
- Easy access to the menus
- Lighting in the menu
- Wireless Receiver
- Excellent response time

- Lack of documentation on how to get technical support
- So far my only problem was the loss of connection with 2 differente receivers. The connection returned after disconnecting / plugging the batteries on both, transmiter and receiver.
- I have just upgraded the firmware to the lastest version. Hope this solves the problem.
Thursday, Dec 14 2017 (about 4 years ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
EDIT:JUNE 18... Had a bad radio. It died after initial set ups and running. Sanwa covered replacement and I was able to convince them to cover shipping,tho they never even offered to do this.

These aren't what A sanwa was back in the day imo. Cheaper and more Chinese feeling than my older sanwa radios.

It took a while to receive replacement and they weren't very accommodating for the trouble and time down as other manufacturers have been.

The replacement radio is performing well so far. Guess we'll see for how long. Any trouble will need radio sent back and repairs are handled back in Japan. Missing airtronics touch in this area.

Instructions are weakly written. Sanwa needs to step this part up by getting in Touch with American folks who don't speak Engrish.

This warrants a weak 4 star rating. [End edit]

/Mainly coming from an M8 and M11.

This is way lighter than both.

Has tighter frame width and deadband capability. Feels very connected and responds very quick as reported. No lag and ultra low latency.

Feels more flimsy and cheaper than the M8 and M11, but nothing like a RTR deal.

Menu is nice, I'm still learning it.

Feels better with my M11 steering wheel, I've got a few extra new ones. The M11 wheel gives it a slight offset to the outside and makes it easier to finger trims more comfortably.

Binding wasn't smooth. Sometimes the rx is ready and other times it doesn't respond to input. Will look more closely at this or this will have to go back for an exchange.

All in all a good radio and ultra light with the protek 1s lipo installed.

If I find there a need to update I will. Looses one star until the rx issue is cleared up.
Wednesday, Dec 20 2017 (about 4 years ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
Got this as the amain x-max special combo with lipo for $300!!!! WOW!!! “Spend a little extra and you’ll have a radio for years”, is what I’ve been told, (but never listened). I kept buying lower end stuff and just never quite happy, not a fan of complex computer radios, but I find myself actually wanting to learn all the functions now. I think it looks great, and feels great, and I’m using it with a cheap Hpi servo, and a Savox 1258 servo and I’ve had no problems. Binding to new rx was no problem, did it without reading directions.
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Jun 13 2017 (about 4 years ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
Ime unhappy with the transmitter, upgraded from a mt4 which had a bad fault ,only works well with specific types of servos ,my near new bxr 599 is incompatible, bad jitters. So much for my $240.00 au servo .
Often, It fails to arm when switched on, have to disconect the batery pack and reconect to arm ,
It also loses all memory at times ,have to rebind and reset everything ,real handy when youre race has just been called. Only got it because i had so many sanwa receivers i thought ide save some money, wasted another $400.00au .
UPDATE after many enquirys I found some info on the Sanwa site.
The servo jitters is considered normal because of the fast response time ,and they assure it wont damage the servos, they describe it as frizzing ,fine jittering .
Theres also a software update that should fix all the switching on and resetting issues, as well as many other issues that I wasn't aware of .
Bit of an annoying thing considering its a new radio ! And you need a mini card and a suitable
computer to update the card .
Still they are great radio otherwise. PS i might be able to update my mt4 also, and fix the trim fault ,so i ccan have a reliable spare .
Hope this helps some others who may have issues .SANWA For CarFor Sky All NewsNew productsImportant information Japanese
About the digital servos specification

Model: All "SANWA" brand digital servos.
SANWA's digital servos were designed to improve a vehicle resoponse to the limit. As a result, the servos makes frizzling noise on neutral status and also the servo horn vibrates slightly. These symptoms are caused by the strict specification, however it does not affect product's performance. We would recommend you to feel the deffirence of the vehicle response.
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 (about 4 years ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
Fantastic transmitter! Big TX features for not too big of a price. I upgraded to this from a Spektrum DX4S and man what a difference. Everything is just more smooth. Not saying it solved all of my driving problems but I definitely feel more connected to the car with this TX. My only complaint is the battery life of the 3 AAAs. Hopefully there is a rechargeable lipo available soon.
Verified Owner
Saturday, Feb 15 2020 (about a year ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
I was coming off a mt4s. Looking for new transmitter. I was in a toss up between mt44 and m17. At local track I just asked to pick up people’s controllers to see how they felt in my hand.
I’m a smaller guy 5’6 160lbs and the m17 just felt a little big in my hand. Someone let me drive their car with a m17 and I loved it! Then I picked up mt44 and it just felt right. Then comparing price I figured mt44 saves me 200$ which is a set of new tires and two new batteries! Was a no brainer. Plus after using mt44 I still had to turn speed down! I can’t imagine anyone needing a controller that fast as m17. I bet first thing people do is turn speed down anyway! IMO mt44 is way to go!
Verified Owner
Saturday, Feb 25 2017 (about 4 years ago)
Sanwa/Airtronics MT-44 FH4T/FH3 4-Channel 2.4GHz Radio System
Best Transmitter EVAR! Sold my M11x and replaced it with this MT-44. And judging by my lap times in VTA, F1 and 17.5 touring car the claims about the low latency of this transmitter seem to be legit. It really does seem to respond to my inputs faster than my old m11x or my spectrum DX4R pro.