Ok, the Phantom does not really need another transmitter / receiver combination, but hee, let's try one. I never been any further as 200m, and even the stock transmitter can go very very far. The FrSky combination however, should be able to beat the stock tx/rx in range (reports have been 2,4 km and more). I also have a FLD-02 telemetry monitor connected to the (9XR/XJT, and this gives the RSSI. (Receiver (Reception?) Signal Strenght Indication) A nice bonus, if you are searching for limits. I just tried about 7 concrete walls, and 50 meters. That was the limit. I connected the XR8 rx to the NAZA on S-BUS / D-BUS, and followed the tutorial of Steve W here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIFX1RmBca8 to setup the 9XR (Note: I am on stock 9XR firmware) This worked quite well, although I adjusted some of the weight values to get a better match on the NAZA. I guess this is a bit tx dependent. A weird thing was that if I switched of the tx, the Phantom did go into failsafe, but when I turned on the 9XR again, the NAZA reported a rx-err. Searched the internet for possible causes, nothing to find. (Now there is ) It has something to do with the delay that splash screens, throttle warnings and switch position checks give if you start up the 9XR. When I removed all those, the NAZA elegantly came out of signal lost failsafe. Now, whats different when using the 9XR/XJT/XR8 ? First of all, you have more possibilities for setting the NAZA modes. You can have GPS/ATTI/MANUAL and FAILSAFE set on switches, while with the standard you can only have three. IOC is on two switches, one for on/off, and one for course lock / home lock. If you enter failsafe (correct me if I am wrong) with the stock tx, you have to switch to atti and gps to get control back. Not so with the 9XR combo, you get control back immediately. The location of the tilt knob. On the stock tx is on the bottom, and on the 9XR on top. I already imagined me adding slider pot meters to the 9XR, but actually I like the knob on top. It requires some practice, but then you can do it while still using the sticks. And nice is that you can change tilt movement on the 9XR... Although I have a self centering left stick I could put in the 9XR, I decided to try with a normal throttle first. Self centering is very handy ofcourse, let go of everything and the Phantom hovers. With the normal stick you have to get used to conciously center the throttle stick. I put in a curve for the throttle (curves are a bonus too of the 9XR) so the middle part is very gentle. That helps a bit for smooth altitude changes, but at the other hand if you get out of the smooth part, things change rapidly. I found it more hard to judge if the Phantom was changing altitude, because of the lack of resistance of the stick. I may want to program the 9XR to limt its throttle so it wont get into the danger zone of descending too fast, and assign a switch to get the throttle below 10% for engine shutdown. This would relieve some descend stress Normally when you power up the Phantom, it is in "ground mode" with the stock tx. It does not respond to aileron or elevator inputs, if I remember well. Not so with the tx/rx combination I have now. Power it up, and you have full control, so its in flight mode. A certain Mike reported on several forums about spontaneous take off of NAZA equipped multi rotors. This was because his sticks were trimmed of center, and this invokes the "receiver advanced protection" under the right conditions, the Phantom goes failsafe and takes off after 30 seconds. With an after market tx, this can happen if you don't pay enough attention to what you do. I turned it off in the assistant. I added a curve on the yaw channel (around center the yaw input is damped, so to say), so I could make some smoother pans. With some adjusting of the follow yaw speed of the 3-axis gimbal and practice this will work very well. I did a nervous maiden 9XR flight this morning, but it went rather well. Everything works fine, but I really want to get the throttle thing worked out. Telemetry. As of course the Taranis pilots know, this is nice to have. But whatever I did I could not get telemetry from the x8r to display on the FLD-02. I only have a variometer with smartport, and whatever I tried, no readout of height. Hope to get an answer soon on a FrSky forum, or maybe here? And if you don't see the practical use of a 9XR and Phantom, you still look more cool and smart, because of all that blink On the picture you see how I attached the fat X8R antennas, maybe not the best way, but very practical. Best reception with the tx antenna at 90 degree, not straight up, strangely enough. Suggestions and remarks for this setup are highly appreciated. Ow, Hi OI Photography, everything fine?