FrSky V8FR II Review. In this FrSky V8FR II review we will check the characteristics and features of the FrSky V8FR II, which is an 8-channel receiver that works with your telemetry module. It is also compatible with modules that doesn’t have telemetry. It can be bound by V8_Mode and D_Mode protocols. It has a standard weight and size for any aircraft (Dimensions: 44x24x14mm (L×W×H) & Weight: 9.3g).

In addition to this FrSky V8FR II review, the receiver has similar characteristics to the previous V Series receivers, but with a more durable hard plastic case and the already mentioned telemetry. The FrSky V8FR II is almost identical to the FrSky V8R7 II receiver, but this last one comes in a more compact way and is lighter, apart from that, both are full range models.

New Features

Over the V8FR HV, this receiver with V8_Mode and  D_Mode is compatible with all FrSky modules that can be bound to those FrSky protocols as mentioned before in this FrSky V8FR II review. The V8FR II will output telemetry according whether if you have a V8_Mode FrSky module, which can talk with the receiver, but it doesn’t send telemetry information back to the transmitter or if you have a D_Mode FrSky module which can talk to the receiver in either modes.

Specifications

As mentioned before in this FrSky V8FR II review, the dimensions and weight of this receiver are (Dimensions: 44x24x14mm (L×W×H) & Weight: 9.3g). The HV version can work with a voltage range in between 3.0V to 16.V, and with an operating current of 30mA. This receiver can operate between a range of 1.5 Km or even more.

This characteristics shown in this FrSky V8FR II review make this receiver an exceptional election for flights within sight aircrafts or also for aircrafts that are intended for short range distances, and require 8 PWM outputs or less.

Pre-flight Checklist

After finishing the construction of any aircraft, or when flying in a place where you have never been flying before is important to have a checklist of the things to avoid and check before the flight if you don’t want to damage your aircraft. Therefore, I have included this section in the FrSky V8FR II review.

As any real plane pilot have pre-flight checklists before every flight, we will also have to have a pre-flight checklist. One of the most important things to do in this list of the FrSky V8FR II review is a range check. It should be done before each flying session in order to make sure that everything works as it should, it is also important to highlight any objects nearby like metal or concrete objects such as buildings or walls that can cause reflections of the signal and therefore loss of signal during the flight.

In order to do correctly a range check, is important to follow some steps which are shown then in this FrSky V8FR II review. First, you must start by placing your model around at least 60cm above any material that can cause the already mentioned signal reflections, such as metal, other aircrafts, or even the radio transmitter.

Then, make sure that the antennas of the receiver are placed correctly and with the right tilt angle between them, also make sure that the antennas are not covered by materials such as metal, other antennas, or carbon fiber etc. as these materials produce losses in the signal strength as shown before in this FrSky V8FR II review, you should also make sure that both are separated, and they do not touch the ground.

Not everything important to check is just in the model, but instead it is also important the position of the transmitter antenna, which has to be placed in a vertical position regarding the antennas of the plane.

Next on the checklist of this FrSky V8FR II review, is important to check the connection between the transmitter and the receiver, for this, the receiver has a dedicated option which can be activated just by pressing for four seconds the F/S button of the transmitter module, you will know that you have entered this mode correctly because there won’t be any RED LED on the transmitter module but instead it will be a GREEN LED which will be flashing rapidly.

When this mode is activated, the full range of the receiver is cut down to 1/30 of the distance in normal mode, this allows you to prove how far you have to walk away from the model until it disconnects from the transmitter, simultaneously, you can move the controls on the transmitter until they stop responding.

If you have reached to a distance of around 30 meters, you can be sure that everything in the receiver of your model is working perfectly fine, conversely, if it fails in a shorter range, you will have to check your receiver assembly in the aircraft, or the reflections of the signal caused by some materials of the environment.

Finally in this FrSky V8FR II review checklist, by pressing again for one to four seconds the F/S button of the transmitter module, you will exit this range check mode and the RED LED will turn on again, to indicate that is working as normal, it is very important that you make sure that you exit the check mode in order to have the best performance of the receiver back again.