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

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The Spektrum DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio 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 Orange custom color case
  • 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
  • Dual lanyard mounts provide radio safety and accessibility
  • Surrounded rubber-bumper chassis protection
  • Built-in front chassis guard offers user-inspired accessory mounting options
  • Simple capacitive-touch control panel responds to the touch of your finger
  • 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 November 18, 2019

Verified Owner
Wednesday, Dec 11 2019 (about 2 years ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Orange) (Transmitter Only)
Very cool looking radio, comfortable in the hand. The menu scroll bar takes getting used to, I wish they didn’t try and get so fancy and just went with a regular scroll button. And get a better screen with backlighting!
Verified Owner
Saturday, Jan 4 2020 (about 2 years ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Orange) (Transmitter Only)
Great radio tons of settings use it with all my crawlers and trail trucks and had no problems.Would recommend this radio.
Verified Owner
Friday, Mar 12 2021 (about a year ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Orange) (Transmitter Only)
Like all Spektrum products, it works, but it’s quality for the price you pay is very low and it’s quality control for the little details is not great. But it works.
Verified Owner
Saturday, Jan 16 2021 (about a year ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Orange) (Transmitter Only)
On paper, it has great features. In hand, ergos are not great and the unit feels cheap. The rubber bumpers are poorly attached, mine required CA glue to keep them in place after a few months. The touch-buttons for the menus take a bit of time to get used to. A year in, they're still fussy and feel too cheap for the price of the unit. They give terrible feedback. Why a mini lipo/rechargable battery isn't an option is silly. *used primarily for crawling and a basher.
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Aug 26 2020 (about a year ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Orange) (Transmitter Only)
I mean it seems like it’s a good product just not what I was looking for I thought therewere pre-programed cars in itBig thing is the screen doesn’t light up Overall I have to say it’s a good product just not what I was looking for per seVery easy to bind pretty simple to figure out
Verified Owner
Friday, Jul 17 2020 (about a year ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Orange) (Transmitter Only)
Good radio feels good in my hands and the thumb steering is really nice, updated touch screen is good too.
Verified Owner
Friday, Jun 3 2022 (4 weeks ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Orange) (Transmitter Only)
Great radio. Tough as I need. I’m not going to go dropping it on purpose but accidents do happen. This radio should survive.
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Dec 14 2021 (7 months ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Orange) (Transmitter Only)
My son loves orange, so this is a great addition for his Mojave EXB! The shipment was fast and packed up nicely, and got to our APO military address very quick. Finding this radio in his favorite color and getting it so fast during the Christmas season, we will definitely be using amain hobbies again and again! Thanks!
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Feb 2 2021 (about a year ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Orange) (Transmitter Only)
Summary:Spektrum customer service is a nightmare

Recieved the transmitter along with the SPSMR6200A reciever and had nothing but problems from the start. Programming was a nightmare and after spendeng far too much time programming servos on my own I spent over 2 hours on hold with spektrum only to be told that someone from programming would have to call me the next day. I never recieved a call. The next day I agaim called Spektrum and spent 2 hours on hold only to be told to spend more money and buy the update cable and update the firmware in the transmitter. Finally after recieving the cable I went to log in to my Spektrum account only to be told I was entering incorrect info. I went through the help and they sent the exact username and password Ive been using. Now I'm on hold yet again just trying to get help logging in to my account to even attempt an update. I'm not sure I'll ever buy another Spektrum product as customer support is a nightmare. Over 2 weeks now Ive been trying to do a simple reciever/transmister install.
As for the transmitter itself, It's comfortable to hold but the screen could really use backlighting. I would prefer a more distinct feeling in the auxillary buttons. Other than that I'll try and update my review if I ever get it working properly. Another 20 minutes on hold with Spektrum so far this morning and counting. Now another hour on hold. Finally figured out the app on my own only to find out no new software is available. Sigh Will give a resolution if there is any. Getting close to making a return.
Verified Owner
Friday, Jan 29 2021 (about a year ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Orange) (Transmitter Only)
This radio, transmitter, is very well made and so far it works as advertised. Having one Transmitter for all of my vehicles works well for me. The shipping was fast and it was delivered packed well. Thank you to all the staff that gets things out of the store and into my hands so quick. You guys and gals are just awesome.
Verified Owner
Monday, Oct 12 2020 (about a year ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Orange) (Transmitter Only)
Really liking this transmitter. Functionality and ease of use is great for getting out and RCing. The orange pops too on the transmitter. Definitely rugged, awesome grip. Smart functions of transmitter are great, pretty easy to use. Fairly straight forward operation. The only downside is no backlight. Hasn’t been an issue for me. Whether I’m bashing these RC’s programed to The Spektrum DX5 or thrashing them this transmitter for the money gets the job done and then some.
Verified Owner
Saturday, Oct 10 2020 (about a year ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Orange) (Transmitter Only)
Nice improvements over the last model. I like the protection they’ve added, and the select control roller is gone, changed to touch pad.
Verified Owner
Thursday, Sep 3 2020 (about a year ago)
Spektrum RC DX5 Rugged 5-Channel DSMR Surface Radio (Orange) (Transmitter Only)
Real easy to Bind.
It took me a total of 20min to complete my crawler settings and was on the trail having fun. I love the durability. Very happy with my purchase.