Now that you have gone through all that you need for getting into fpv racing it comes to what brands or models you should choose first comes the Radio Transmitter’s.
You should also go throught the post “What are Radio transmitters and how to choose one ? “
There are a lot of brands and models for Radio controllers in the market, but for indian hobbyist getting even 1-2 brands is a luck mostly they are always out of stock but you may find a good stock at RCmumbai.com, well the famous brands in india for radios are Avionics and Flysky..
Avionics been tested by people have 50-50% of biased thought and results it was bad for some but worked very nice for other section so flysky is the only option ..
Thanks to the fellow hobbyist who also made taranis the famous Tx in the racing available.
Once you’re in the hobby, you’ll always be buying new things as your old things break or you demand greater performance. And most things, like frames, motors, and especially propellers are repeated purchases.
The one thing you’re going to stick with nearly forever, though, is your transmitter.
If you are serious about the hobby, then invest up front in a proper transmitter. Think of it this way – if you cheap out on your transmitter, then you’ve got a $500 model flying in the air whose fate is completely tied to a cheap transmitter which isnt fair enough.
Coming to the main topic..
Transmitter that can be opted for Fpv racing can be from a 6ch radio tx to 9ch radio tx anything that suits your budget i personally choose the 9x which is flysky branded.
1.) Flysky 9x /Turnigy 9x
The Turnigy 9x(also known as the FlySky 9x) is an 8 channel radio. The Turnigy 9X is my first radio, and while it worked for me well from the start.
The biggest advantage of the 9X is that it’s a solid radio and costs just $60(plus shipping, since it’s coming from China) and Rs.5500/- @ Rcmumbai.com .So for half the investment of a Taranis, you could get started in the hobby.
Sticks on the Turnigy 9X are good, but you are stuck with whatever channels each switch is assigned to. There are also only 2 three-position switches, so some people may find that limiting.
Although you can overcome everythng and make this tx a taranis with diy mods but ultimately you will end up spending the same amount of money. You can solder the programming pins and program it with the programmer changing the firmware to “Open Tx” which is more simple and better to use. To know how to do this read the post “How Program 9x to Open Tx”
To use the Turnigy 9X with a simulator, you’ll need a special USB dongle that plugs into the audio out port in the back of the transmitter, since there’s no USB plug.
There is a way you can connect to simulator via aux cable but it is less reliable and windows 10 may cause driver issues.(using ppjoy you may google for more about this).
What I really like about this radio is that there is a lot of scope to upgrade it and add more features as you need them and grow into them.
For example, even though the receivers that are available for this radio are PWM-only and with a max range of around 500 meters, the module in the back of the 9x is swappable, so if you removed the stock Turnigy module and added a FrSky DJT module, you could use PPM receivers with it now.
If you find the firmware rather limiting(and it is – aside from selecting/creating models and adjusting inputs, there isn’t much else you can do), you can flash a more advanced firmware and add more functionality.
If you have both the firmware and the DJT module, and you are up for some delicate soldering, you can even enable telemetry(which is not natively supported).
So while the Turnigy 9x is a little limited to start, it most definitely does the job for new entrants into the hobby who are unsure how serious they are. With the potential to upgrade, you can gradually unlock more potential. However, considering that the radio will cost you around $70 including shipping, the DJT module is around $40 including shipping, you’ve already spent $110 and gotten half the functionality of the Taranis.
At the end of the day, it’s your choice whether you’ll be happy with the cheaper, more limited radio(your flying itself won’t be affected – you could just as skillfully fly with a Turnigy 9X or a FrSky Taranis) because of budget constraints when starting out, or shelling out the extra cash now and using the Taranis for a long time.
2.) Frsky Taranis
The FrSky Taranis X9D is an awesome radio. For $200, this radio packs features that you’d have to pay a lot more for.
The Taranis has Open9x firmware, which is very powerful and completely programmable, which means you have control over every little function – it may seem overwhelming at first, but a couple of months into the hobby and you’ll really get comfortable with all the bells and whistles.
Every aspect of the radio can be customized – you don’t have to customize it to get it to work, but you can if you want to.
It supports up to 64 models, and can also be used seamless with a computer on a simulator.
The sticks(gimbals) are like butter in smoothness. They’re never resistant, and you can easily move them around without any issue.
Where the radio really shines is the switches can be assigned to any channel you wish. With other radios, the channels are fixed – channel one is always stick X up, channel two is always stick X down, and so on. In the Taranis, you can program each channel to be whatever switch you need.
So if you are more comfortable flicking the switch on the left hand side to activate your failsafe, set your channel to that switch. If you prefer another one, set it to that.
The range is also awesome – the radio system FrSky uses gives you 1.5 km of range, which is more than enough for both racing and aerial photography.
Telemetry & voice
You also get telemetry right out of the box. Telemetry is when the receiver also sends data to the transmitter. Using telemetry, you can get valuable data from your model as it’s flying. Since I fly miniquads, I’ve only set it up to receive two data points – radio signal strength and battery voltage.
There are many other data points you could get, such as heading(NSWE), or GPS coordinates if you have a GPS sensor. The Taranis will also speak out the data – and you can create custom voice recordings for your Taranis to play. You could have the radio talking to you in your wife/girlfriend/anyone you wish voice!
There’s also a module port in the back where you can attach a module to make the Taranis compatible with other radio systems, like long range systems or DSM receivers.
For $200, you can’t find a better deal. If you are going to be spending a significant amount of money on this hobby over time, make the investment in an awesome radio – the Taranis.
Taranis is used mostly by all drone racers spread globally although the sticks arent that f9 as per reviews there are replacement sticks or mods for that too.
Check the price and buy here : Frsky Taranis
3.) Very Budgeted Tx Flysky FS-i6S 2.4G 10CH AFHDS
Well this isnt yet available in India although its a best budget tx which supported telemetry its almost the same as stock 9x has same stick control and overall feels like a dji remote the texture and all are same well the only thing is it doesnt support mods as per now although a person with all knowledge can still mod the tx range and change the transmitter module to any other doing diy stuff but it may tamper the look of the radio.
Below are the specifications of this radio:
|FS-i6S Transmitter||FS-iA6B Receiver|
|Frequency||2.4055 – 2.475GHz||2.4055 – 2.475GHz|
|Joystick Resolution||4096 class||—–|
|Charging Port||Yes (USB)||—–|
|Input Voltage||4.2V-6.0V||4.0V-6.5V DC|
|Antenna Length||26mm (dual antenna)||26mm (dual antenna)|
|Mode (optional)||Self Centering Throttle|
Mode 2 (left throttle hand)
|Output Format||Compatible S.BUS||—–|
Full touchscreen interface,more convenient to control
Capable of sending and receiving data,each transmitter is capable of receiving data from temperature,altitude and many other types of sensors,servo calibration and i-BUS Support.
Multi-channel Hopping Frequency
This systems bandwidth ranges from 2.4055GHz to 2.475GHz. This band is divided in 140 channels. Each transmitter hops between 16 channels (32 for Japanese and Korean versions) in order to reduce interference from other transmitters.
Omni-directional Gain Antenna
The high efficiency Omni-directional high gain antenna cuts down on interference,while using less power and maintaining a strong reliable connection.
Unique ID Recognition System
Each transmitter and receiver has its own unique ID. Once the transmitter and receiver have been paired,they will only communicate with each other,preventing other systems accidentally connecting to or interfering with the system’s operation.
Low Power Consumption
The system is built using highly sensitive low power consumption components,maintaining high receiver sensitivity,while consuming as little as one tenth the power of a standard FM system,dramatically extending battery life.
For the price i feel its worth the money so you can even opt for this radio for a quich start.
check the price here and buy: Flysky 6ch