I know the Pro 900 XSC has about 4x the range of the Pro 900, but that it's data rate is only 9.6kbps.
Is this enough for full duplex telemetry and on the fly route updates from the mission planner or am I better off going for the Pro 900?
I'd love the Xtend 900 but it's a little pricey compared :( but who wouldn't love a 60km+ range?!?
I'm just not too keen on the 3DR radio so I've decided to stick with the Xbees which I've used before.
Also how much difference in range would you expect to get using the wire whip vs the RPSMA connector with an omni antenna?
I get what you're saying, and if you removed it all together from the radio it would free up room, otherwise a selective routine on the radio would take up even more space.
It'd also mean that the application would need a change to support that which may or may not be of interest to them (Although now they have their 3DR range of radios it may be of more interest to them).
It's a shame that with all the tech we're putting into these drones that a trade-off for things like encryption and error correction has to be made to fit it into the resources available :(