There are a lot of options when looking for a TBS Crossfire compatible radio. The Crossfire module and protocol have become somewhat of an industry standard for long-range radio links. Running at 915 MHz and powered between 50mW and 2W, the interference is low and the signal strength is amazing. As a freestyle pilot, I only really need 5 channels, some buttery gimbals, and the ability to connect and run my TBS crossfire module. Even though those requirements are fairly minimal, there seems to be a lack of options for our simple, yet demanding, needs. Today there are more than a few options, but each has their own trade-offs. Before we talk about the radios that can run the CRSF protocol today, it’s important understand how we got here.
Radio control transmitters for model aircraft have been around since the 1950’s. In the 80’s and 90’s 72 MHz was the frequency used and every pilot needed to fly on a different channel (Frequencies 72.01-72.99 MHz). The problem was that certain channels were noisy, and you could easily take down another pilot’s aircraft by powering on your radio. 72 MHz could only last so long with the increasing interest in model aviation. To solve for this, the change to 2.4 GHz as a standard allowed more pilots to fly at the same time with a stronger radio link. Modern “Spread Spectrum” radio technology uses frequency modulation to allow multiple pilots to fly at once without having to use a dedicated frequency.
The radio receiver technologies (FrSky, Spektrum, Futaba, Graupner) used with the radio transmitters below are all low latency, high quality radio links. If you are looking for the lowest latency and the strongest link quality at longer distances, there is no question you should consider using a TBS Crossfire transmitter module and receiver – it uses a 915 MHz radio link in the USA. The TBS Crossfire protocol allows for low-latency, long-range flying, with sometime much better signal penetration.
Here are some radios that are compatible with TBS Crossfire modules and CRSF protocol:
TBS Crossfire Compatible Radio Transmitters
An incredibly sophisticated 18-channel marvel, the 18SZ is perfect for pro pilots and weekend pilots alike. Leading off its list of features is full telemetry function. The 18SZ is set up to receive temperature, RPM, altitude, GPS, voltage, current, and data logging telemetry information, keeping you more tightly riveted to your aircraft than ever before. Its intuitive full touchscreen display and long battery life make it the radio every serious pilot needs at the field.
If you want a radio system that can handle any challenge, check out the 16SZ. It’s compatible with all of the popular protocols: FASSTest, FASST, S-FHSS and T-FHSS. It has a large 4.3″ LCD touch screen. Programming is easy and intuitive.
The Tango comes pre-programmed for all modern flight controls, with 10 channels it provides plenty of capability even for moderately sized filming rigs, while being a perfect match for FPV racers. Multiple arming/disarming and mode switches, with pan/tilt gimbal controls.
Flying from the screen is not necessary, but possible thanks to special anti-glare and anti-reflective coating. The 40 channel video receiver is precisely tuned to its environment delivering unparalleled range. The built-in receiver antenna covers 180 degrees in forward facing direction. Using the proprietary “TBS Port”, you can connect any goggles to the Tango, delivering crystal-clear video reception as well as long-lasting power, without needing external batteries.
Graupner mz-24 Pro
Bright colors, voice announcements and a TFT touch screen is what makes the Graupner mz-24 PRO one of the most versatile radios on the market! Experience a new level of connection between you and your quad with 12 channels and built-in real-time voice telemetry. Colorful menus and displays make it easy to navigate through the menus and setup options.
The aluminum quad bearing 4096 resolution gimbals are machined with high-precision and are adjustable for smooth and accurate flight control. The red highlights adds a beautiful splash of color around the control sticks adding style to your gear.
FlySky Nirvana (Designed by UndergroundFPV)
Hall Sensor Gimbals // Open Tx // Crossfire Ready (Nano & Full). 14 Channel w/ Trim tabs and a Color Touch Screen Display w/ CNC Accents. We posted some of the features of the Nirvana when it launched.
Twin RF systems allow you to swap between models, remembering if you’re on crossfire or the internal RF as you pick and choose your model. Hot-swap battery system – truly allows you to hot swap out your batteries one at a time if you’re running low on one of those epic long-range missions.
When traveling, just remove the module bay and you have an ultra slim radio that slips straight into your backpack without extra cases.
FrSky Taranis X9D Plus
Literally “tap” into the iX12’s programming. Its 4-inch, full-color, easy-to-read monitor delivers crisp, clear detail that includes state-of-the-art touchscreen technology so that navigation is simple. And, because the interface is a fully functional Android system with a dedicated quad-core processor, it will work with an evolving list of apps from the Google Play store.
The iX12 can connect with just about any Bluetooth device. Use wireless earbuds to hear voice alerts privately, or pair a set of speakers and listen to music. A wide range of other device uses are possible including file sharing, photo sharing and more.
Hook up to your flight-control board and use their apps to adjust settings directly from the iX12-no laptop required. The integrated micro USB port conveniently allows you to charge its internal Li-Ion battery with a common Micro USB cable and power source. Other accessory devices can be recognized too, including your PC or laptop.