Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Green) (Transmitter Only)

Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Green) (Transmitter Only)
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The Spektrum DX5 Rugged Green edition features an upgraded panel from the previous model, offering an improved feel, control, and system operation. The DX5 Rugged redefines transmitter control with a level of durability to match the tough conditions off-roaders, bashers and boaters encounter constantly. Starting with a chassis based on the superb Spektrum ergonomic design found on the popular DX5C and competition favorite DX5 Pro. By integrating cordless power tool protection features, the DX5 can endure similar punishment. The result is a class-leading RC system with unmatched durability in addition to other innovative features that unite with a level of precision, versatility and convenience you won’t want to play without.

Molded Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) bumpers surround the radio chassis to protect it against drops, bumps and even a few bangs here and there. There’s no external antenna to snag or worry about—a low-profile ridge on the chassis protects the robust high-speed signal output internally. A versatile front chassis guard enhances durability further and provides mounting options for user-integrated accessories such as a camera, light source or anything else. The pair of lanyard mounting points gives drivers the ability to keep the transmitter close and gain a free hand when not driving. An easy-access accessory compartment makes it possible to can carry small tools, such as a T-wrench that smartly snaps into the internal mount provided. Transmitter water-resistance has been increased to give drivers peace of mind should there be an unexpected splash of water or some drops of rain. Last, but not least, is an aggressive off-road style steering wheel that expands its ruggedness even further, AND equipped it with an innovative thumb-lever to make controlling your vehicle with one-hand safer and more precise.

To conquer the wild, the DX5 Rugged gives you 5-channel versatility and hosts an array of auxiliary switches for lights, winches and more. Its interface features an innovative capacitive-touch control panel that offers a greater resistance to moisture and is easy to use. Simply slide your finger over the control panel and tap to select the menus, options and values on the easy-to-read LCD display. Integrated telemetry capability allows you to view vital data such as motor RPM, vehicle speed, battery voltage and temperature right on the transmitter in real-time (Vehicle must be equipped with a telemetry-enabled receiver like the SR6000T - sold separately).

No matter what you're driving, the AVC technology programming capability in the DX5 Rugged can be easily tuned meet your skill level or driving style with control that makes it feel like you're at the wheel of a vehicle that handles predictably at every speed.


  • Spektrum Smart Technology ready
  • Special Edition Green custom color case
  • Updated touch panel - from previous DX5 Rugged releases - features better feel, control and operation
  • Bold styling that's aggressive with a focus on class-leading durability
  • Inspired by the ergonomically-recognized Spektrum™ DX5 Pro and DX5C transmitters
  • Water-resistant* chassis design protects against minor splashes (*The DX5 Rugged instruction manual details water resistance limitations.)
  • Dual lanyard mounts provide radio safety and accessibility
  • Surrounded rubber-bumper chassis protection
  • Built-in front chassis guard offers user-inspired accessory mounting options
  • Intuitive software based on user-tested functionality that's clean and simple
  • Innovative thumb-steering lever makes one-hand operation safer and more precise
  • Non-slip removable rubber hand grip and off-road treaded steering wheel
  • Built-in telemetry capability (telemetry compatible devices sold separately)
  • Convenient built-in tool storage compartment
  • Large easy-to-read LCD screen
  • Five-channel, full-proportional versatility
  • Frequency-agile, Spektrum™ DSMR® 2.4GHz technology
  • Program and fine-tune compatible receivers with AVC® technology
  • Bind-progress screen displays status and frame rate
  • Compatible with DSM2® receivers 
Band: 2.4 GHz 
Channels: 5 
Frame Rate: 11/22 Ms 
Model Memory: 20 
Modes: Mode 1 
Modulation: DSMR 
Range: Full 
Receiver: Not included, Spektrum SR515 recommended 
Telemetry: Yes 
Transmitter (Tx) Battery Type: Four AA batteries (sold separately) 
Type: Surface Transmitter,5-Channel Surface Transmitter for rugged usage 
Water-Resistant: Yes 


  • (1) DX5 Rugged 5-channel Surface Transmitter (Orange)
  • (1) Product Manual
Needed to Complete: 
  • (1) Compatible Spektrum DSMR Receiver such as the SR515 5-Channel DSMR Sport Receiver
  • (4) AA Batteries

This product was added to our catalog on June 6, 2020

Verified Owner
Monday, Jun 29 2020 (about a year ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Green) (Transmitter Only)
Great feel. This model has the touch pad menu select. Once you get used to it it works better. You can adjust the touch in the settings menu.

I have come to discover that if you are moving to this transmitter from a DX4 type setup it does not do older receivers. I had some of the SR201 and SR301 receivers and the transmitter did not want to bind. I found it did work great with all my receivers that are the SR210 and SR310 and newer.

All the added cosmetic features are nice. Really like the lanyard rings.
Hope this helps anyone that is looking into this transmitter. I figure I will hang onto some of my older stuff or pass it on.
Verified Owner
Thursday, Jul 23 2020 (about a year ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Green) (Transmitter Only)
Has been a great transmitter so far no complaints yet was fairly easy to bind too
Verified Owner
Monday, Jul 13 2020 (about a year ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Green) (Transmitter Only)
Great remote all around. Big but not heavy. Multiple settings to trim out your remote for whatever changes you make to your RC or whichever change you want in your transmitter. I personally have vehicles for every terrain including the air. This remote is a welcomed addition to my arsenal of RC's. I look forward to seeing more additions to the spectrum line. I highly recommend this remote to anyone who has RC's, wants RC's, or knows someone who enjoys the RC scene.
Verified Owner
Monday, Jul 6 2020 (about a year ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Green) (Transmitter Only)
Awesome radio! Ive been a life long Spektrum user, from surface to air, never had a bad experience with these radio. Im almost 60 yrs old and this will always be my brand of radio.
Verified Owner
Friday, Jul 3 2020 (about a year ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Green) (Transmitter Only)
Awesome radio! Love the color, tool compartment, one handed driving feature. Just awesome. The screen is easy to navigate and sensitivity to the touch pad can be adjusted. Best transmitter for bashers period.
Verified Owner
Friday, Jun 19 2020 (about a year ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Green) (Transmitter Only)
Have not seen or used it yet. My son has one its nice. I have a fly sky around same price its ok weve found gluches in reverse with fly sky. So made switch to the rugged . Dig the water resistant . Luve in oregon do some rainy days out crawling . Cant wait to use .
Verified Owner
Saturday, Jun 5 2021 (9 weeks ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Green) (Transmitter Only)
Despite any negative comments about the lack of scroll wheel and sensitivity issues (with the earlier rugged models) this is a great controller/transmitter.
Spectrum has heard the complaints and has addressed them. Now if you are still having trouble, well that is user error, it has nothing to do with the transmitter - itself.

Also Spectrum has way better customer service than Futaba. I used to be a huge Futaba fan and user of their remotes. But lately, their response time is horrible. Slow and unresponsive.

I recommend this for anybody seeking a quality remote/transmitter.
Verified Owner
Friday, Aug 21 2020 (11 months ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Green) (Transmitter Only)
After receiving the Item very quickly. I added batteries and began to go thru the Menu and setup for a couple RC cars. I spent about 5 minutes with the Touch Screen settings and it was just way too Frustrating. To simply scroll thru the Menu it would either go no lines up and down or like 3. Also to tap for enter never seemed to work. So % Minutes was all I needed and I returned the Radio. It has so much Promise but the Touch Screen is just way to much Frustration.