Hobbyking releasing new RC radio specifically for APM/Pixhawk

COMING SOON - Quanum i8 APM/PixHawk radio system


COMING SOON - Quanum i8 APM/PixHawk radio system

The Quanum i8 Radio was developed specifically for APM/PixHawk users. The dial has pre-set PWM positions that can be assigned by the user via Mission Planner software. Along with 2 sliders for gimbal control and 8 channels in total the Quanum i8 is a groundbreaking radio and the first radio system in the market developed specifically for Ardupilot users. The included receiver is also said to have simultaneous PWM and PPM output! Each position on the dial is indicated by one of the 6 LEDs on the top of the radio, a set of stickers to suit your mode selections will be included with each radio to customize your setup.


(reposted from this discussion)

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Comment by Rana on November 21, 2015 at 9:32pm

This product can certainly attract RC enthusiasts of Ardupilot if surely placed under 20$. 

Comment by Hugues on November 22, 2015 at 2:06am

8 channels only? Are you kidding? You need already the 8 channels for a basic setup without any add-ons like lidar, a third gimbal axis, a sonar, an EPM gripper, video and camera triggers, focus, etc 

16 channels or nothing please.

Comment by Linus on November 22, 2015 at 5:31am

@Hugues do you really want to fly a full blown ship with that transmitter ? Go for a Taranis if you need more than 8 channels.

Comment by Hugues on November 22, 2015 at 12:23pm

@Linus +1

Comment by John on November 22, 2015 at 10:31pm

Easy on a Taranis, one 6 pos rotary switch and one 3 pos switch.  The rotary is connected to the spare  potentiometer input (s3). Set that up for the 6 flight modes. Then I have a 3 pos switch to select 3 different modes; 1st position is always Stabilize, 2nd position is whatever the 6 pos switch is set to, then RTL on the 3rd position.Works well for me. Positions 1 and 3 override the 6 position.

Comment by Mike T on November 23, 2015 at 2:00am

no telemetry? what a waste of an idea!

Comment by Chris Card on November 23, 2015 at 7:13am

I think that its pretty neat that APM has influenced the creation of a radio system that is marketed specifically for APM.

That being said, I will now risk 'judging a book by it's cover' and say : That I think this particular offering is most likely a quick & dirty design that is populated with mediocre components.  Just say'n


Comment by Artem on November 23, 2015 at 9:28am


Because they would have to write a whole RC system for themselves, instead I think what they are using is a simple "hardware" solution and existing flysky hardware/software. 

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 23, 2015 at 9:41am

They wouldn't have to write a whole system themselves.  It's a minor mod.  Especially if using OpenTx as a base, it's trivial.

And even if they did have to write it from scratch, what's the big deal?  I did it myself, wrote an entire Tx program myself, from scratch, 2 years ago, and it included this functionality.  I don't understand how companies can produce a product without putting any effort in?

Comment by Artem on November 23, 2015 at 10:48am

@ Rob, we are talking about HK... shit needs to be so cheap that with 10x markup it should cost less than the competitors. Also, the market is full of newbs who do not even expect this functionality, so they'll sell this "toy" regardless. What puzzles me is why 3DR haven't build such a system themselves yet?!?  or at least release solo controller+Rx in a nice package... or at least work with open TX community and frsky to bring proper mavlink support into taranis? 

btw, if anyone knows, how solo's radio link fares against a conventional RC links like DSMX, FASST, ACCST


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