FrSky R9M vs R9M2019 teardown

I do not why, but FrSky does not want to keep things simple. Not only it's migrating from ACCST to ACCESS, it also makes a mess with FrSky R9M system by releasing new hardware that looks like old hardware, has a very similar name and can run ACCESS but only on some radios, not on the other. The nightmare…. Today let's compare the FrSky R9M transmitter module I own for last (almost) 2 years with a brand new FrSky R9M2019

The mysterious FrSky R9 Mini antenna – good for EU 868MHz?

FrSky R9 radio system is storming the RC hobby. It's super cheap after all. But there are problems: EU version is facing a lot of problems and people like to replace original antennas with something else.
Last week I was asked to check what is going on with antennas shipped with FrSky R9 Mini. After all, the same hardware can be used both for FCC 915MHz and EU 868MHz version. Is the antenna tuned somewhere in between? Or not so much?

How to flash FrSky R9 Mini, R9 Slim and others with your radio

FrSky is not making things simple with R9 long range system. New firmware appears quite often and there is no way to flash receivers over the air. You can use some PC software, passthrough from FC and things like that, but from my perspective, as long as you can get to the receiver itself, the simplest way to flash R9 Slim and R9 Mini is to actually connect them to Taranis or Horus and do it from the radio itself. How? Like this!

FrSky R9M and R9 Slim long range radio system review

When FrSky R9M long range transmitter and FrSky R9 receiver series started to pop up some time ago, there was a lot of speculations "it is any good?" "is it a Team Black Sheep Crossfire killer" "cheap Crossfire alternative?". In time, new firmware started to appear, new receivers and so on. And oh yes, EU LBT version finally also appeared. And what… FrSky even was giving R9M for free with X10S Horus.

DIY Moxon antenna for TBS Crossfire and FrSky R9M

Moxon antenna in layman terms, it's probably a simplest linearly polarized directional antenna. It's like a bent halfwave dipole with a bent reflector in a back. Think about it as a very simplified Yagi antenna. It does not have much gain but has very good backward rejection. And thank's to a simplicity, Moxon is super easy to build at home. And I'm proud of radio carrying handle snap mount. I think I did a good job over here.

I've built mine with some 3D printed parts, 0.8mm copper welding wire, 22cm of RG174 coax and RP-SMA plug. And some glue of course! Result? It's definitely directional 🙂 I'm not using it very often, but it's small enough to be taken everywhere where I take my X10S.