The best RC radios and receivers
The Jumper T16 Pro alternative is finally here, Radiomaster TX16S is just hitting the market. Same form factor, no more flat cables, touch screen, improved navigation and it's black! Hell yeah! Built-in multiprotocol module, full TBS Crossfire capability and Hall effect gimbals are great additions as well. It's a good option as a first radio or an upgrade from FlySkys or cheap FrSky models. Bear in mind, the quality is adequate to the price!
FrSky X10S Horus
I might not agree with FrSky politics, but that does not change the fact, that according to me, FrSky X10S Horus is the best radio on the market. Great quality, great features, good looks. OK, it might feel expensive, but those gimbals they put on X10S are just bloody amazing! Really!
The cheapest radio worth having? FlySky FS-i6X. The previous generation (without X) was great for the price, the improved model is even better. 10 channels and around 1km of an effective range is more than most beginners really need. If only gimbals were slightly better... Still, it's cheap and light!
Jumper T12 Pro
If Jumper T16 is a cheaper alternative to a FrSky X10 Horus, then Jumper T12 Pro is an alternative to FrSky Taranis Q X7S. Hall effect gimbals, OpenTX, and a built-in multiprotocol module make it a good beginner/intermediate radio. Because you know, FrSky is not the only option out there!
Receivers and TX modules
FlySky FS-A8S V2 AFHDS-2A receiver
Finally... it's a real shame that FlySky had no small receivers from the very start. This is probably one of the reasons it lost with the FrSky. Luckily, together with FS-A8S it is possible to use modern small FPV drones with FlySky radios again! FS-A8S is a basic 8CH model with a single antenna but offers PPM, i-Bus and S.Bus outputs to suit everyone's need.
FlySky FS-X14S diversity receiver
So, you want something better than 8 channel no-diversity receiver for FlySky AFHDS-2A radio? Go with FlySky FS-X14S! Not only it can receive data for 14 channels, but it also has dual antenna diversity, PPM, i-Bus, and S.Bus support and can fit modern FPV drones!
FrSky R9M 2019
Crossfire is better? Perhaps. It does not mean that FrSky R9 900MHz radio is still a very good and reliable radio link if you use it with the proper firmware. In this case, Flex from February 2019! Flash it and it just works just as reliably as Crossfire and offers almost the same usable range!
Competition moves the hobby forward, so here is a direct competition to FrSky XM+ and R-XSR receivers: Oversky XR602T-F2. Sbus, F.Port, telemetry, diversity and they state that it has a better range than FrSky. Bruce Simpson tested it and he states it's true. Kudos for him!
If you are not afraid of a relatively big size, FS-iA6B is a receiver-of-choice for FlySky compatible radios. Bear in mind, you will not fit it on a modern 5" drone, but all airplanes will accommodate it nicely. Comparing to "standard" FS-iA6, it offers PPM and i-Bus outputs!