Alternatives to 3DR radios?

Hi

My 3DR radios failed (433 EU radios) and now there's a temporary export embargo doesn't look like i'll get a replacement set anytime soon.

Can anyone recommend alternatives?  I'd like it to operate with pixhawk and from tablet/phone or laptop over mavlink/mavproxy (thanks Tridge for the awesome mavproxy :).  Extended range would be cool too.

Cheers

Dom

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  • Im using orageRx 433 cheap modules with my turnigy 9xr, they are working great (radio and telemtry in one single module), Theay are flashed with Gitsly openLRSng variant. Also added a bluetooth module to my 9xr and getting bidirectional comunication with APM by bluetooth using a computer/phone near to the 9xr.
    • @jani, I was asking about Orange Rx villamany said he was using for telem. Not RFD 900. Maybe I missed something.
    • Curious, what range are you getting on the telemetry? And do you notice any slow control movements or data rate being slow?

      • Developer

        @steven, with RFD people have reported up to 65km ranges. 25km range with 0 loss is rather easily done even with normal antennas. Sure antenna placement means a lot when going the distance.

        @Dom, yeah I will push Seppo more on those and hopefully we can get them out on some point. Making good radio-modems is not an easy task you know :)

        In generally RF is a real black magic or woodoo magic. I have few friends that knows this woodoo rather well.

  • Developer

    Dom take a look at Trents test/review on jDrones RFD900 sets. He is now using those on all his flying things. 

    http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/long-range-telemetry-testing

    They also have pixhawk cables included.

    jD-RF900 Longrange telemetry set
    Long range telemetry set for all your UAV and UAS needs
    • Jani, In europe, we need RFD433 ;-)

      • Developer

        Yes I know but currently there are NONE. Seppo might release one in future but when.. No any ETA or bigger plans yet. 

        • Please ship my RFD900 Jani... :) . Paid and choose DHL .

          cannot wait "ship  in 2 or 3 buss day"

          :)

          • Developer

            Well I don't do shipping but I am sure that our girls in shipping department will take care of your order. :)

            • Thanks Jani. i am sure my RFD900 will reach max range. at least 20KM :)

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