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Discontinued - Alternative variable power VTX HERE.
Out of all of the FPV transmitters we sell, the Boscam FT956 is our favourite. It ticks all of the right boxes. It's a compact 32 channel transmitter with an LED display and GoPro connectivity. Its crowning glory has to be it has an adjustable power output ranging from the 25mW right up to a massive 800mW. This is really a great feature as it means you can use the transmitter legally without a licence in the UK and yet exploit its higher power offering for greater range when legal to do so. Its 32 available channels make it compatible with most FPV gear on the market including Fatshark and ImmersionRC gear (band F). Changing channels is quick and easy thanks to the FT956 having a channel selection button and an LED display which even shows the selected channel frequency and band. The ability to change channels quickly really comes into its own for professional applications and at drone racing events, when lots of people are operating on the same channel.
The whole setup is largely plug and play, so you can be up and running in literally a few minutes. It comes with a wiring harnesses and a GoPro compatible video cable, which lets you plug your GoPro straight into the transmitter. The FT956 can even be powered straight from your flight battery without the need for a UBEC as it supports a wide input voltage (2-6S). The TX uses an SMA connector so it can use the full range of ImmersionRC/Fatshark antennas.
- RF power output 8 step adjustable (25/50/100/200/400/500/600/800mW)
- 32 channels / 4 Bands - compatible with Fatshark and ImmersionRC gear
- LCD display, frequency and channel synchronous display
- Not affected by 2.4GHz R/C radios
- Wide operating voltage (6-25V)
- Includes GoPro ready FPV video cable
- Aluminum housing with built in cooling fan
IMPORTANT: Do not turn the transmitter on before attaching the antenna, doing so will permanently damage the board!
Note: Please check with your local authorities regarding the operation of this equipment before you purchase. Regulations on power output, usable frequencies and licenses’ to operate vary from region to region.
- Input voltage: 6-25V
- TX Freq: ISM 5.6GHz~5.95GHz 32ch
- Transmitting current: 450mA / 800mA / 12V
- RF OutPut Power: 8 Step adjustable (25/50/100/200/400/500/600/800mW)
- Operating Temperature: -10 ~ +85°C
- Video Format: PAL / NTSC / SECAM (AUTO)
- Connector: SMA
- Size: 50 x 37 x 17mm
- Weight: 35g
- Band A: 5865, 5845, 5825, 5805, 5785, 5765, 5745, 5725
- Band B: 5733, 5725, 5771, 5790, 5809, 5828, 5847, 5866
- Band C: 5705, 5685, 5665, 5645, 5885, 5905, 5925, 5945
- Band D/F: 5740, 5760, 5780, 5800, 5820, 5840, 5860, 5880
- 1 x Transmitter (TX)
- 1 x Video / Power Cable for Gopro 3
- 1 x DIY 5-Pin Cable
- 1 x 5.8Ghz 2db Antenna
- 1x Hook and Loop Mounting Pad
FPV equipment and advice: If you like multicopters, you are more than likely going to like FPV flying. Most people dream of piloting an aircraft for real, well with an FPV setup you can actually place yourself in the cockpit (well sort off)! FPV stands for First Person View – it’s achieved by mounting a camera on your multirotor and broadcasting a live video feed so that the pilot on the ground sees the flight from the aircraft’s view.
When it comes to selecting FPV TX / RX equipment you will soon discover that there is a huge selection to choose from. However, a word of warning; not all of it will be legal to operate in the UK. Only certain frequencies are freely available to use and furthermore there are constraints on transmission power levels. 2.4Ghz video equipment is legal, however most radio control equipment utilizes the 2.4Ghz spectrum and consequently when used together there will be interference. This leaves only one credible option, the 5.8Ghz band, which incidentally is a very clean band due to the low amount of other users. The drawback is its poor penetrative ability; buildings and even trees can have an adverse effect on the signal strength. This means it’s advisable to use it for line of sight (LOS) flying only.
This brings us onto power constraints. In the UK, you are limited 10mw of transmission power on 2.4Ghz and 25mw on 5.8Ghz. Contrary to popular belief, an amateur radio license (HAM) does not exempt you from the power restrictions for airborne use. While you may have seen transmitters with higher power ratings - 200mw is popular, these are not legal to operate in the UK for FPV. You might be wondering why the power level matters anyway? Well, more power gives greater range. However, it’s not that simple; to double the range you have to quadruple the power! Therefore simply buying a very powerful TX to achieve great range is not an especially effective or legal solution.
The best way to achieve greater range is by selecting appropriate antennas. There are a variety of different types; each designed to work slightly differently, for different purposes. Therefore, in order to make the best selection you need to understand how they work.
Most transmitters / receivers come with an omnidirectional, 2.14dbi gain “Rubber Duck” antenna as standard. The key terms to understand here are omnidirectional and gain. Omnidirectional refers to the radiation (or received) pattern of the antenna. Gain on the other hand refers to the antenna’s directivity. To better understand, you can make an analogy with different light sources. If you have a light bulb out in the open, the light will go in every direction, but it will not go very far (this is your omnidirectional low gain antenna). If you take that light bulb and put a reflector behind it, the light will be directed more brightly and much further but in a narrower beam (this like a directional high gain antenna). Radio power works in the same way, you will never get "extra" power from an antenna, but you can direct the radio power where you need it, and it will be many times stronger.
The best thing about increasing the gain of your receiver antenna is the effect it has on your range. For example, if you were to replace your standard 2.14dbi omni antenna with a 17dbi helical antenna you increased your receiver dbi by ~15dbi. 15dbi divided by 3 gives us 5 times the range you think. Well no, 3dbi gain doubles your distance; another 3dbi on top doubles your new distance. So by increasing the gain from 2dbi to 17dbi actually increases the range by 32x its original distance! All this without increasing the TX power at all!
Because high gain directional antennas work by taking power away from some areas, and focusing it in other directions, they need to be aimed, otherwise your multirotor will fly into weak spots and your video link will be lost. Remember that the higher the gain, the narrower the beam of radiation and hence the greater need for precise aiming.
If the multirotor is far away from you, aiming will be easy, as its position in the sky will change slowly. If it’s close, it is much harder to keep the antenna aimed. The solution is a diversity system. A diversity receiver has multiple video antennas and automatically chooses which antenna is receiving the best signal at any moment. This allows you to have the best of both worlds; you can have a long range directional antenna that you aim when your multirotor is far away (for example a high gain helical antenna), and also a omnidirectional antenna that only works close, but does not need to be aimed for instance a low gain skew planar wheel antenna).
If it are still stuck, then watch this video - it's an excellent layperson's guide to understanding the relationship between range and gain.
If you want a more in detailed explanation watch this video - it will help you understand polarization and also select an appropriate antenna.
COVID-19: We are still shipping out orders daily, but have changed our same day shipping cut-off time to 1PM to help cope with demand. If an order is placed after 1PM we will still do our best to ship same day as our daily postal collection is around 4:15.
Please be aware that deliveries with Royal Mail are taking longer to get through. At the moment we are finding it can range from next day to even up to two weeks, with 3-5 days being typical. So if you choose Royal Mail as a shipping method please be patient, shipments aren’t going missing they are just taking a while to get through the postal service. For fast deliveries we recommend choosing DHL.
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UK Postage: Here at Flying Tech we process orders Monday to Friday and pride ourselves on our quick turnaround of orders. If stocks levels allow, we aim to dispatch orders placed before 4PM the same day with Royal Mail. Our cut off time for courier delivery is earlier; orders must be placed by 1PM for next day delivery with DHL and 1PM for next day delivery with APC. A confirmation email will be sent when your order has been dispatched. If you wish to change your order, please contact us promptly, as we won't be able to make amendments once the order has been shipped.
We are partnered with several delivery companies including Royal Mail, DHL, APC and Parcel Force. If you have a special delivery requirement or would like to arrange a shop collection please contact us. For small low value orders our cheapest delivery service is Royal Mail First Class; this service aims to deliver the next working day including Saturdays and it can be sent recorded for extra peace of mind – please note this is not a guaranteed next day delivery or trackable service.
For a guaranteed next day delivery we recommend Royal Mail Special Delivery or one of our courier delivery options. Royal Mail Special Delivery will arrive by 1PM the next day and for an extra fee can be delivered on Saturdays. APC Overnight offers next day delivery with full tracking and a 2hr time slot pre-delivery text notification. DHL is a good option for larger consignments and remote locations such as Northern Ireland and Isle of Man. All high value orders are fully insured and will likely require a signature on delivery.
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