FPV Shopping List

The best RC radios and receivers

Radio transmitters

Radiomaster TX16S

Radiomaster TX16S

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!

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FrSky X10S Horus

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!

Amazon  Banggood  HorusRC 

Flysky FS-i6X

Flysky FS-i6X

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!

Aliexpress  Banggood 

Jumper T16 Pro

Jumper T16 Pro radio

Jumper T16 made a lot of noise when it appeared on the market in the first half of 2019. Now it got better with hall effect gimbals and some other improvements. After all, Jumper T16 is just a good radio for a reasonable price. And that's usually enough!

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Jumper T12 Pro

Jumper T12 Pro radio transmitters

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!

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Receivers and TX modules

FrSky R9MM 900MHz receiver

FrSky R9MM 900MHz receiver

R9MM is an improved version of the R9 Mini. The main feature is inverted SmartPort/F.Port pad that allows connecting to F4 flight controllers without dedicated bidirectional inverters. Just flash with FLEX firmware and use with R9M 2019!

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Jumper R1F

Jumper R1F F.Port receiver

Jumper R1 and R1F are cheaper alternatives to FrSky XM+ receivers. They offer diversity, telemetry and RSSI output. R1 has SBUS and SmartPort while R1F offers F.Port that combines SBUS with telemetry on one pin.

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FlySky FS-A8S V2 AFHDS-2A receiver

FlySky AFHDS-2A 8 channel receiver with PPM i-Bus S.Bus

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.

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FlySky FS-X14S diversity receiver

FlySky FS-X14S AFHDS-2A 14CH S.Bus i-Bus 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!

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FrSky R9M 2019

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!

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Oversky XR602T-F2

Oversky XR602T-F2 ACCST D16 receiver

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!

Aliexpress  Banggood 

FlySky FS-iA6B

FlySky FS-iA6B receiver

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!

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