We’re pleased to announce our new 3DR Radio. Featuring interchangeable air and ground modules (both with native USB connectors), Android tablet compatibility, and a protective case, our new radio delivers unparalleled ease of use for viewing in-flight data, changing missions on the fly, and tuning.

Quite a bit of work went into the new radio design. Our first version was simply a carrier board for the radio module, providing a power supply, an antenna connector and a way to connect to the autopilot or the computer. Our new radio provides an EMI shield over the radio module, EMI filtering chips on all power and signal lines, USB and autopilot connectivity options on the same board, and an enclosure for protection and easy mounting.

Each Telemetry Kit comes with two modules, two antennas, and cables to connect to Pixhawk, APM, PX4, laptop, and Android tablet/phones.

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Comment by Grips on October 29, 2013 at 4:49pm

Is it still the HopeRF ones?

Comment by Gary McCray on October 29, 2013 at 5:19pm

Great design, much more solid and pro looking.

You guys are bringing out a lot of great stuff for this holiday season.

Comment by Sam Kelly on October 29, 2013 at 6:44pm

Jay, Grips, we are working on FCC certification and conformity with European Conformity. And yes we still use HopeRF's modules.

Comment by Nick Sargeant on October 29, 2013 at 7:14pm

I take it these are backwards compatible then? Any word on the digital airspeed sensor and other accessories for the Pixhawk?


Comment by Alfred Alan jr on October 29, 2013 at 8:29pm
+1 on the new pixhawk gadgets. I'm waiting for them.
Comment by Sam Kelly on October 29, 2013 at 8:56pm

Guy, we're using FTDI's FT231X full handshake USB to UART chip. The driver is the same VCP driver used for the FT232R but is smaller, and keeps compatibility with Android devices (Droidplanner and AndroPilot both support these radios already.)

Comment by Euan Ramsay on October 30, 2013 at 3:26am

+1 on the EU pricing typo. $99? plus the $38 postage? and the duty?

So for this "bargain" price I get more weight, the utterly stupid 6/5 connector (please, please, please 3DR...use "standard" 5/5 or 6/6!), and no increase in dB gain?

USB, PX4 cabling and RF filtering will be useful though...but not $137 more useful.

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Comment by Alan Sanchez on October 30, 2013 at 11:08am

Euan, on pixhawk its all 5/5, 6/6, etc :)

Comment by Jon-Paul on November 2, 2013 at 7:23am
Very nice. Have the first set (with base radio connected to grpundstation via FTDI cable) hence very interested to see more regarding USB connectivity.

I see they are shown on 3DR online store, however without pricing info, any update on cost and release date? Hoping that Mr Clause brings me a pair for Xmas. Thanks.

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on November 2, 2013 at 8:19am


I just received the new 915MHz telemetry radios and they seem to work fine. They have the latest firmware installed which is version 1.7.

I believe that the price for the 433MHz radios is the same as the 915MHz radios which is $99 USD. If you click on the 433MHz button selector, the frequency of the radio in in the price block changes to 433MHz, but the price stays the same at $99 USD.


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