FrSky X8R - 8/16 Channel Receiver (Antenna Combo)

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FrSky's newest receiver features 16 channels (8 PWM outputs and 16 on Sbus) plus the exciting new Smart Port. (includes extra set of 150mm whisker antennas)
  • December 2016 Update: FrSky has removed the plastic covering from the PCB antennas so they are less bulky and a bit lighter.

    This is our normal X8R receiver, but we include a standard set of 150mm whisker style antennas. These whisker antennas are great when you have a smaller plane that the larger PCB style antennas will not fit in. 

    FrSky's newest receiver features 16 channels (8 normal PWM outputs and all 16 channels on the dedicated Sbus output). Plus the exciting new Smart Port.

    Smaller than the previous 8 channel receivers, but now packing 16 channels and the new Smart Port that supports the new hubless digital sensors! Or, connect the new vario, and then connect the old hub to use existing analog sensors. 

    A common question we get is how do you get all 16 channels out of the X8R? Well, FrSky has given you options. You can use the Sbus line to access all 16 channels. Using something like the FrSky Sbus Decoder, you can convert the digital Sbus signal to normal servo outputs. You can connect Sbus servos directly to the Sbus line, FrSky will have several servo options very soon. Or you can combine 2 X8Rs and output channels 1-8 on the first receiver, and output 9-16 on the second receiver. 

    But that isn't all the X8R can do. It can also work in "D8 Mode to work with the DHT, DJT, DFT and DHT-U transmitter modules. In this mode you have 8 channels. The neat trick is the Smart Port still works in D8 Mode!

    You are probably wondering about the new antennas on the X8R. FrSky refers to these as PCB antennas and report up to a 20% range increase over the standard antennas. The PCB antenna does take up a bit of space, for this reason, you can swap to any FrSky receiver antenna to meet your needs. (NOTE: Early versions of the X8R featured soldered antennas t. They could not be retrofitted to other lengths or styles. )

    Dimension: 46.5mm x 27mm x 14.4mm (1.83" x 1.06" x .56")
    Weight: 16.8g (.59 oz)
    Operating Voltage Range: 4V-10.0V
    Operating Current: 100mA@5V 
    Operating Range: >1.5km (Full Range)
    RSSI output: PWM
    Firmware Upgradeable 

    All 16 channels requires the FrSky Taranis, or the XJT module.
    For 8 channels in D8 Mode you can use the FrSky Taranis or XJT, DJT, DFT, DHT and DHT-U modules.

  • Customer Reviews

    Works great, can't fault it.

    I now own 3 X8R receivers now, and all are working great. I fly thermal gliders at long distances following thermals, these PCB antenna's have not come close to loosing range, there is a greater chance of loosing sight of the glider first because of the distance. Telemetry using the Vario also works great with a low latency and the GPS is used as a backup if landings happen far out (not needed as yet). The PCB antenna's are Ok to work with in my larger fuselage power models, but, in gliders where space is at a premium the whisker antenna's are better as they can be routed outside the fuselage using another Aloft product the silicon antenna mounts (bets thing for carbon fuselages). Review by iflylilplanes • (Posted on 1/11/2017)

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