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Top 5 FPV Antennas 5.8Ghz May 2017

Pagoda

The pagoda was designed by Maarten Baert to offer the compromise between the best performance, ease of manufacture and durability. It’s fair to say he achieved all of these in the pagoda. His design is simple, yet effective. As the parts of the antenna are on PCB, the accuracy is hugely increased for a smaller price as well.  If you are into electronics, you can get the parts cut yourself and make your own antennas with a little jig. This should reduce the price to less than $5 an antenna! Currently, there are number of different manufacturers for the Pagoda antenna, such as Lumenier, Farview and MenaceRC. This is the best all-around antenna, and is unbeatable for the price.

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Lumenier AXII

The Axii is possible the most durable antenna on the list, this is due to its tiny footprint. The Diameter of the antenna is only 16mm! This increases its durability and decreases its weight; therefore we recommend this to any pilot who is serious about racing. It was designed by Hugo from TrueRC, who is one of the top antenna designers in the hobby (along with Alex Greve (IBCrazy)). Despite the light weight, the performance of the antenna was not compromised and it performs as well as some of the heavier antennas around due to its near perfect axial ratio of 1.0. It is available in both RHCP and LHCP, which is another great feature to have on the race track to make sure you have the best video.  It is quite expensive compared to other options on the list, but the high durability and low axial ratio make it a must have for anyone who wants to be the fastest around the track.

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TBS Triumph

The TBS Triumph is a FPV antenna designed by FPV Pioneer Alex Greve, better known as IBCrazy. This antenna is an update over the classic clover leaf/ skew planar we are used to. Interestingly it does not use any bent wires, unlike the wheel antennas of the past. It is understood that also there are no active parts, making manufacture much more difficult. This makes it harder to clone, and also makes the performance top notch. We run Triumphs on some of our quads and our video has always been excellent. Many have said that they are ‘basically unbreakable’ making them great for those of us who fail to see that some holes just aren’t big enough. These are some of the best antennas for freestyle/ acro type flying.

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Foxeer

The Foxeer is the budget option on this list, but don’t let that put you off! Its performance is ok for its size; it won’t give you the best video but it’s certainly better than a stock rubber ducky antenna! The durability of this antenna is what makes is such a good purchase; we have yet to kill ours despite running them on our ImpulseRC Helix for quite a while. They are also a very cheap option at only $8 compared to $20 for a Axii antenna.  However there are some downsides, they are heavy at 12g, and the RF performance is the worst on this list. Nevertheless they are the best for those of you on a budget.

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Aomway

The Aomway Antennas have been on the market for quite a while, however they are still an excellent choice. Their RF performance is truly amazing for an antenna this price; one reviewer tested them to have greater range than the TBS Triumph. We have had a good experience with them when it comes to RF Performance. They do however have one huge drawback, durability. We only managed to fly 5 packs on our SCX-200 before we destroyed one lobe of the antenna, after this the antenna was unusable. However, Aomway have responded to our pleas and have released this antenna with a protective cap from the factory. These should significantly increase durability of this antenna. We recommend this antenna for AP ships, or quads that don’t crash quite as often as 250s.

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5 comments

  1. Aomway with hotglue makes is very durable 😉

    • King-Cline FPV

      I have to say, the new antenna caps for the aomway antennas are extremely good, after putting them on my aomway antennas, I haven’t broken a single one, and I crash a lot, like a lot.

    • I have to say, the new antenna caps for the aomway antennas are extremely good, after putting them on my aomway antennas, I haven’t broken a single one, and I crash a lot, like a lot.

  2. The Lumenier AXll has not done as well as the others in one comparison tests of 5.8 antennas I’ve read but it did well enough to make it’s small size desirable which IMO makes it a shame to only put it on such a heavy coax with an SMA connector… this design should be tailored for micro builds and used on bigger quads as well as you can never save enough weight or have a “big enough” battery on an FPV quad.

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