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Which 5.8GHz Vtx's are the best
« on: November 08, 2018, 08:30:16 AM »

Hi guys

Whats your favorite Vtx recently, range wise and reliability ?

There are plenty out there with bullshit power ratings, some which are terrible with noise, which ones have you found that just work and work great ?
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Re: Which 5.8GHz Vtx's are the best
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2018, 11:30:28 AM »

I've been using the bog standard Tx526 - cheap and good picture, no idea on max range but I've had 1.5km with no break up just skew (on goggles) to skew on plane.
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Re: Which 5.8GHz Vtx's are the best
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2018, 12:06:06 PM »

  The immersion RC 600mw
Boscam  TS 832  600mw

Both will do in excess of 4kms using directional antennas.....The Boscam can be had cheap due to its size but band change is real easy on its led display.
Ch 34 has max RF.
 
The immersion has a useful clean 5 volt out, handy for topping up an HD Camera.

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Re: Which 5.8GHz Vtx's are the best
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2018, 02:10:43 PM »

Itís odd how I usually end up back with the Immersion vtx. You can often pick them up for less than £20 when they are on offer from Hobbyking, Banggood or elsewhere.
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Re: Which 5.8GHz Vtx's are the best
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2018, 05:19:38 PM »

Interesting with the Immersion answers. I had a whole year of immersion box's just failing out of the blue mid flight for no reason which really put me off the brand. Maybe worth a dabble again.
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Re: Which 5.8GHz Vtx's are the best
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2018, 06:43:38 PM »

  I have an Immersion 600mw that has more than 3 years use on it, still works flawlessly....The only thing wrong with it is the Dip Switches have kind of corroded, so I avoid trying to change frequency.
  At one time they were very pricy, not so much these days.

The Boscam is big, but seems very durable to me...very cheap right now.


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Re: Which 5.8GHz Vtx's are the best
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2018, 08:24:02 PM »

Two reasons why I'm moving away from immersion stuff.

a) The SMA's keep snapping off if you're not careful and b) when they do, they cost a bomb to replace the vtx because they normally take the tracks out with them.

£14 shipped for a tx526, or 30-odd quid for an immersion one - no brainer really :(
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Re: Which 5.8GHz Vtx's are the best
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2018, 01:44:19 AM »

Cost has switched me away from the 600mw immersion vtx's.  I remember paying around £35 each for them 5 years ago.  The last few 5.8 vtx's  I've bought have been  Eachine tx526's.  Just looking at banggood now, they're only  £8.62.  Their small size, led display make the immersion ones seem a little outdated.
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Re: Which 5.8GHz Vtx's are the best
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2018, 10:07:46 AM »

I used Immersion 600mw vtx's when I started out 4 yrs ago but managed to ruin them all by saltwater dunkings .
Looking for something cheaper I stumbled across the TS832's and have only used those since.
I've managed to kill at least 5 of them all due to messing about changing things and managing to "Magic Smoke" them. All self inflicted :'(
Cons- large -22g
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Re: Which 5.8GHz Vtx's are the best
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2018, 10:14:44 AM »

Back when I were a lad..... I remember paying £70 per 600mw IRC VTX.  Scary prices.  I did really like these ones, but coupled with the fact that they only operate on one band and changing channel is a complete faff, and the older ones will not play nicely with the modern VRX's, I've been replacing my ones with other stuff.

That said, I don't have a particular goto brand/model.  I've used 200mw AOMways on a bunch of things (the old ones with dip switches) and found those to be very good, the IRC Tramps I've liked as well.  Problem is that most of the stuff I'm using on RTF/PNF quads probably isn't great, but I'm not going far enough to ever get much of an opinion on how good/bad it is.  I did recently swap out an IRC 600 for a TS832 on my Mini Talon, but only went to around 3.5km.  It was ok, bit static in places, and didn't feel as nice as I remember the IRC being (rose-tinted specs may apply) but the price is certainly right, and the buttons/LED display is cool.  They are quite large though

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Re: Which 5.8GHz Vtx's are the best
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2018, 10:48:27 AM »

It's horses for sources really, if there's just a couple of you in a field then in all honesty I've found them to be much of a muchness or at least encountered too many confounding variables to come to any solid conclusions.  However people who fly in larger groups or organised races with quads etc are probably a bit more clued up on which ones keep to their channel better etc.
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Re: Which 5.8GHz Vtx's are the best
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2018, 11:43:41 AM »

Ah the TS832 is a brilliant reliable transmitter, but yeah bloody massive !

The reason I ask is like stated with mini quads everybody is relatively close in so and poor range is masked by lack of needing it.
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Re: Which 5.8GHz Vtx's are the best
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2018, 12:29:31 PM »

The racing VTxs offer some of the cleanest best filtered outputs as we need to ensure there is no over powering and bleed on to other channels. Sometimes you will need to be flying 60-100m away when there are 3-5 VTxs 20-30m away and directly between you and your quad.

The vast majority or racers (in the UK at least) use the TBS Unify.
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Re: Which 5.8GHz Vtx's are the best
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2018, 12:51:54 PM »

It does certainly seem that the quality has improved vastly, I hear the racers main weapon of choice is the Unity, and when I have seen various ones tested the Unity was the only one really to hit it's claimed output.
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Re: Which 5.8GHz Vtx's are the best
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2018, 12:52:47 PM »

 The subject is range flying on 5.8g....Always a bit hit and miss on this frequency affected by humidity levels etc.
  I recently checked the RF output on my cheapo AKK vtx on my Ranger G2 using the IRC RF meter...Pleasantly surprised at the raw output results:

25mw = 30mw
200mw = 180mw
500mw = 580mw

 I still prefer 1280mhz tho...it just works regardless of conditions.

Im hoping to use it alongside 868mhz

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