3DR telemetry no longer supported by 3DR....options?

I have been using the 915mhz telemetry v2 units with my Pixhawk for a while now.  One of them is not giving the range that it used to and I need a replacement.

I varified the range with the use of my Fighting Walrus iDrone Link and one unit is getting about 100m range while the other is getting good signal to where my hexacopter is just a spec in the distance.

Problem 1:

I can not get hold of Fighting Walrus any more.  They have not answered my emails since about October of 2015.  I am assuming they are no longer active? (also no updates to their iOS app for almost a year)

Problem 2:

3DR are no longer making their 900 or 433 telemetry units. (verified vie an email to them)

"Hello Justin,

Thank you for contacting 3DRobotics customer service.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Unfortunately, we do not have the Telemetry available anymore since they have been discontinued, both the 915 and 433."

I am using a Nexus 7 v2 Tablet with the Tower App (great app by the way)

Question:

Other than the $250 long range 900mhz kits (I don't need/am not allowed to use super long range) or $10 knock 3DR off kits from China (gamble as to whether you get a good one/no warranty), what options are there that are "PnP" ?

I am using a Taranis Plus TX with x8r RX and could use that telemetry but then there is no way to load missions in the field.

Thanks for input

J

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there are a million places to get 3dr branded telemetry radios. check out the classifieds on rcgroups.com

We have many 915 radios in stock; store.uavsolutions.com

If you do not see what you need please email us at info@uavsolutions.com

Best

Bill D.

dont be such a tease ;) now we will pulling our hairs as to when that new smaller pixhawk will be out and even more on when you guys will move to 64bit and make that public after declaring 32bit era coming to an end. 

Great store Bill,

Thanks for the link

J

Chris, thanks a lot, never came across it.....

Chris, thanks for the link, never noticed this wiki

Very interesting but when will the smaller version as well as next generation be out?

Ready to Fly Quads has a pretty good price on the original 3DR 915MHz telemetry radio sets.   They have 433MHz too.

http://www.readytoflyquads.com/3dr-radio-telemetry-kit-915mhz

I have gotten several M8N uBlox GPS modules from them and found that they work well.   I am planning on getting some of these try telemetry radios next.    Still, I am sure glad I ordered a few extra telemetry radios from 3DR last year.   :-)

Something for all of you to be aware of is that UAV Solutions is one of the most prolific violators of the open source licenses we use in Ardupilot, Pixhawk, and PX4.  Unlike Jani at Jdrones and Seppo at RFDesigns, UAV Solutions is not a supporter of this project. 

Among the many issues is that UAV Solutions have removed Michael Oborne's name from Mission Planner and rebranded it as their own ground control station which they will happily sell to you as part of a many thousand dollar system.

I have spoken with UAV Solutions many times and they have no interest in respecting Michael's work or the efforts of the dev team.  They have no interest in respecting the licenses and there is no reason for them to change the way they do business because people buy from them and keep them in business.

Please support the companies who support this project and who respect the developers and the people who have made this project possible.  UAV Solutions is not one of those companies.

That's really unfortunate. Thanks for calling this out, Craig. What can we do to help bring them in compliance? 

And for those of you promoting ready to fly quads please refer to http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/an-open-letter-to-paul-from-wit... he is another person who has no respect for the dev team

He is definitely not a supporter of this project.

ardupilot.com shold have a kudos list of supportive companies and a blacklist for name and shame leeches companies

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