Maybe it’s time for a change….in my case i really consider to sell all my Foxtech FPV Equipment and buy some ImmersionRC Nexwave equipment (although it’s much more expensive and out of stock very often).
The reason why is the fact that new Foxtech receivers (not only new models, also actual Versions of the old RC305 give worse range than old RC305 receivers. It seems Foxtech/Boscam etc. have a serious problem with their quality checks or their actual load of SkyRF chips.
What i tested and what really made me upset is this:
– bought 6 new RC305 receivers
– bought 3 units of the DG58-2 Diversity receiver
– bought 3 units of the new 32ch Receiver RC832
Now all the bad stuff that i recognized, while testing those receivers:
– 5 out of 6 new RC305 Receivers will only give 70-80% of the range that i get from my 2 year old RC305 receivers
– one of the DG58-2 Receivers died (one module dead) and the other two DG58-2 receivers have descent range on one module and poor range on the other module…so this is CRAP!
– all three new 32CH Receivers (RC832) are working (i can use them on ImmersionRC frequencies as well as the Foxtech frequencies), but all of them gave me only 50-60% of the range, that i get out of my 2.5 years old RC305 receivers
After all that testing, i am fed up with every new receiver that i bought from Foxtech and many FPV buddies have experienced the same problem.
Besides that, i have to tell you how “what the fuck?” i felt, when i checked my new RC832 32ch RX…all the other Foxtech receivers got a 3.5mm connection with female cinch connector, to connect it to my FatShark. This new unit got a 2.5mm connector and male cinch……what the fuck is wrong with foxtech?
ImmersionRC is also not perfect…i got massive problems with their transmitters (video tearing), but the new Nexwave receivers are great and i will give them another try.
Today i tested those sweet 5.8GHz circular polarized antennas (in fact i am using the helical for a while and wanted to give the patch antenna a try).
With a Foxtech 400mW Tx on the plane and two RC305 receivers on the groundstation, i flew 5km away and compared the picture quality.
Of course i was expecting, that the patch outperforms the helical, due to it’s higher dbi rating (13dbi vs. 12.5dbi) but in was the other way around.
The circular-wireless 7,5turn helical still beats the shit out that new cp patch antenna. Both signals were good (just some color noise in that distance), but there was a lot more color noise with the patch antenna.
On my way back i also switched between both antennas a few times and the helical always gave me the cleaner signal/picture.
New orders placed…
3x SPW antennas
1x SpiroNet 5.8GHz 13db CP Patch antenna
1x Foxtech 32channel Receiver/Transmitter Combo
We will test the SpiroNet Patch very soon (and we will compare it to the circular-wireless 12,5db Helical) and after that, we will try to find out, if we can hack the Foxtech 32ch Receiver (RC832) to get a RSSI signal out of it.