The Best 5.8GHz Antenna for FPV Drone

by Oscar

FPV antenna is the deciding factor that determines the range and signal strength of your FPV system. This guide will explain the basics of 5.8Ghz antennas used on mini quad VTX and VRX, and hopefully it will help you choose the best FPV antenna.


To learn more about FPV, make sure to check out our complete guide to FPV Drones.

The Best FPV Antennas for Mini Quad

Looking for antennas for the DJI FPV System? I’ll talk about that in another post. The following antennas recommendations are for the analog system, but of course they’d work just fine for DJI as well as long as you get the polarization correct, since they are both operate on 5.8GHz.

Omni Antennas (Best Value)

The Xilo AXII is made by GetFPV, a good budget FPV antenna. The best thing is that it comes in all sort of connectors (SMA, RP-SMA, MMCX, and UFL), different types of coaxial cable (hard and flexible) and polarizations (RHCP and LHCP) to suit your needs.

Creator: Gd Jpeg V1.0 (using Ijg Jpeg V62), Quality = 90 XILO AXII GetFPV

The Rush Cherry is a decent budget antenna. It has a strong case which protects the antenna in hard crashes.

Rush Cherry Fpv Antenna Rush Cherry .

The Foxeer Lollipop might not offer the best performance, but they do have good enough quality for those who are on a budget to replace the stock dipole. These antennas are very durable thanks to the thick plastic housing.

Lollipop (VTX)  


Foxeer Lollipop Long Video Receiver Antenna Vrx Lollipop (VRX) RDQ

The pagoda antenna is a simple yet effective design. The affordable material and easy assembly allows makes them very cheap to make, you can usually find them priced around $5 to $10 each, making it one of the best value antenna out there. However without proper housing and protection, they are very easy to break in a crash, so if you can afford a bit more, I would recommend getting one of the above antennas instead.

There are different manufacturers of Pagoda antenna, such as Lumenier, MenaceRC, Emax, Farview and Realacc. They all have basically the same design, main difference is build quality.

Pagoda Banggood

Omni Antennas (Top Of The Line)

Unlike the classic cloverleaf and skew planar wheel, the TBS Triumph Pro is very compact and protected in a sealed plastic case, makes it very durable. It claims to have one of the most impressive axial ratios (0.99), which means it has really good multipath interference rejection.

Triumph Pro Amazon

The Lumenier AXII 2 by GetFPV is also a very small and strong antenna. The unique design provides uniform signal coverage, giving you equally good signal when flying behind yourself. These are available in many variations: MMCX, UFL, SMA, different stem lengths, enough to cover most if not all of your needs.

Lumenier AXII 2 Banggood

Directional Antennas (Cheap Worth Having)

The Menace Pico-Patch is a very compact and affordable directional patch antenna with wide signal coverage, delivers decent performance, great for FPV drones. Check out my review of the Pico-Patch

Menace PicoPatch Banggood

Directional Antennas (Top of the Line)

This is the antenna to go for if you want a high gain directional antenna for long range, it provides a 10dB gain and yet giving you 120 beam-width.

TrueRC X-Air Amazon

Another compact directional antenna that doesn’t look bulky on your slimline FPV goggles. Compared to the X-Air, the AXII Patch has lower gain, but wider signal reception.


What is FPV Antenna

An antenna is a piece of wire, or pieces of wire that convert electrical power into electromagnetic waves. The receiving antenna converts the electromagnetic waves back into electrical power.

In FPV, antennas (or antennae) enable wireless communication between the video transmitter (VTX) and receiver (VRX). Antennas in your FPV system are critical elements that determine the range and signal quality.

FPV Antenna Anatomy

Every antenna consists of the same basic parts regardless design or external appearance.

  • Active Element – conductive material that transfers and receives radio wave signal in the air
  • Coaxial Cable – a special shielded cable that carries signal from the connector to the antenna element without emitting radio signals. They are used to extend the length of the antenna, and often are made of rigid material so it can be bent to any desired angle. Coaxial cables are not necessary if the connector is directly connected to the element
  • Connector – used to connect the antenna to a video transmitter or receiver.

what is fpv antenna - anatomy

FPV antenna elements are made of fragile copper wires or other conductive material, therefore it’s common to see antennas come in plastic protective housing. These housing or cases do not weaken the signal and provides support for the antenna in crashes.

Antenna Polarization – Linear or Circular

Antenna polarization is a classification of FPV antennas. There are two types:

  • linearly polarized antennas (LP)
  • circularly polarized antennas (CP)

What’s Linear Polarized Antenna?

Linear Polarization is used in some of the most basic antennas, such as the stock dipole antennas that comes with your VTX and VRX, or even in your home WiFi. Here’s an example of linearly polarized antennas:

Linear polarized signal oscillates horizontally or vertically in one plane while travelling.


What’s Circular Polarized Antenna?

Here are some examples, Skew-Planar Wheel, Cloverleaf, and helical antennas are all common circular polarized antennas.

In circular polarization, signal are transmitted on both horizontal and vertical planes with 90 degree phase shift that looks like a spinning corkscrew.


Linear or Circular, which Polarization is Better for FPV?

In a nutshell, circular polarized antennas are more suited for FPV drones for these reasons:

  • Linear polarized antennas are much more sensitive to multi-pathing interference compared to CP antenna
  • The range of LP antennas are greatly affected by antenna alignment, and it’s almost impossible to maintain good antenna alignment on a quadcopter all the time as it’s constantly rotating around all axes

Here’s the long version.

Linear polarized antennas are widely used due to its structural simplicity, which can be as simple as a piece of wire. The antennas tend to be smaller, lighter, cheaper and easier to make.

In general, linear polarization is a good choice for long range as all the energy is focused on a single plane. However, the range advantage is seldom realized due to multipath interference which we will discuss shortly.

In order to get the best reception, both transmitting and receiving ends should use linear polarized antennas, and they have to be aligned to ensure maximum radiation overlap. This is why linear polarized antennas are not popular in FPV, because FPV drones are constantly rotating around all 3 axes, it’s almost impossible to always have perfect alignment. For example when the transmitter and receiver antennas are at 90 degrees to each other, it would have the least amount of signal overlap which results in over 20dB loss in signal strength (over 90% reduction in range) and it’s referred to as cross polarization. LP antennas perhaps are more suited for RC planes, cars, boats etc.

On the other hand, circular polarized signal always overlap no matter what orientation or angle your FPV drone is at relative to your receiving antenna (no signal loss regardless the antennas alignment is). For this reason circular polarized antennas are the standard for FPV drones.

Another advantage of circular polarized antennas is their ability to reject multipath interference. Multi-pathing is a form of interference/noise in your analog video feed, often appears as random color changes, static, scrambled image and drop-outs. It happens when the signal is bounces off object (such as walls and ground), gets distorted with phase delay and it interferes with the main signal.

For general FPV drone flying, it’s recommended to use CP antennas. However, some pilots might prefer specially made LP antennas, because they can be made smaller, lighter, and more durable, despite of the worse RF performance.

When to use CP antennas

  • When flying close to large objects such as trees, buildings, or in enclosed environment such as car parks and stadiums where there will be considerable amount of multipathing interference
  • Acrobatic flying where the aircraft orientation and angle are constantly changing
  • Low altitude flying (proximity flying)

When to use LP antennas

  • Steady straight line flying without much roll and pitch movement
  • When antenna size, weight and durability are the most important consideration

Using LP and CP Antenna Together

You can mix linearly polarized antenna and circularly polarized antennas in your FPV system, at the cost of some signal loss.

It’s not unheard of for some racers to use a dipole antenna on the drone for weight saving and durability while using a circular antenna on the video receiver. You will suffer from a signal loss of about 3dB (30%), but it’s not that bad for short range flying such as racing. And RHCP/LHCP doesn’t matter in this case. But it’s still better than the worse situation when only using only linear polarized antennas on both ends, where the maximum reduction in signal is 97% (30dB). It’s a compromise between performance and durability.

For ordinary FPV polits, I still recommend using only CP antennas.

Differences between LHCP and RHCP

Circular polarized antennas are either left-hand (LHCP) or right-hand (RHCP). Transmitter and receiver should have matching antennas otherwise it could result in significant signal loss. If you mix LHCP and RHCP antennas, they will still work but your range is greatly reduced.

This is because LHCP antenna rejects signal from RHCP antenna and vice versa. How much it rejects depends on the Axial Ratio of the antennas.

CP antennas can benefit from this property against multipathing. Every time a CP signal bounces off object it changes its polarization direction. And LHCP antenna rejects RHCP signal and vice versa (cross polarization). Also when one pilot is using LHCP antennas and the other using RHCP, there will be less interference between them.

Therefore you are supposed to use the same type of antenna on both receiver and transmitter. If you mix LHCP and RHCP you will suffer from significant signal loss.


fpv antenna LHCP RHCP - left hand right hand circular polarized

For pilots flying in a group, it’s best to have both LHCP and RHCP antennas for flexibility. If you are just flying alone most of the time, then this doesn’t really matter, both LHCP and RHCP have the same performance. RHCP antennas are more common for analog FPV system, while LHCP is more common for digital FPV systems such as DJI and Avatar.

Directional and Omni-directional Antennas

Another classification of FPV antennas is directionality:

  • Directional
  • Omni-directional

As you could guess from the names, omni-directional antennas radiate their radio waves equally in all directions, while directional antennas focus their radio waves to one direction.

One classic analogy is bulb vs torch, where the bulb is Omnidirectional and the torch is directional. If both light sources are operating at the same power, torch can reach further but in the expense of narrower beam width.

Directional antennas can be linear polarized or circularly polarized, same as omni-directional antennas.

Omnidirectional antennas are great for every-day flying, and it provides good signal coverage all around the pilot. Try to avoid using only directional antennas so you don’t have to constantly turning yourself to face directly towards your copter.

However directional antennas are often used on diversity receivers, where it can be paired with an omni-directional, or multiple directional antennas to cover all the necessary angles.

Diversity receiver can receive two signals from two antennas instead of just one, and it can then choose to display the stronger signal.

For example, if you have a diversity setup with a CP antenna and a helical antenna, the receiver will switch to the helical antenna when flying in front and to the CP antenna when flying behind.

Antenna Performance Measurements

There are many antenna performance measurements regarding FPV antenna design, such as:

  • Gain
  • Radiation Pattern
  • Axial ratio
  • VSWR
  • Tuned Frequency and bandwidth – what frequency is the antenna tuned to, and the range of working frequency
  • Impedance

I mainly look at the first four factors when choosing my antennas. Anyway, as long as you are buying your equipment from a name brand you shouldn’t worry too much about it. In my opinion we are not flying a rocket for NASA and there is no need to cause headache for yourself in this case :)

But if you want to find out more about these concepts, both and wikipedia are great resources for learning about antennas. In the following sections I will try to briefly explain what these terms mean.

Antenna Gain

Gain is an indicator of directional antenna’s range and angle of coverage. Higher gain generally means further range but narrower beam width. Antenna gain can alter radiation pattern as we will see in a moment.

Tutorial: How antenna gain affects range?

Radiation Pattern

Radiation pattern (radiation chart) shows the shape of the radiation emitted by the antenna. These charts can tell where the weak spots are and how likely it is to lose signal.

Here are some examples to help you visualize the the signal coverage patterns.

A 0dB gain antenna is truly omni-directional that has a nearly perfect spherical radiation pattern.

However omni-directional antennas in real life usually has signal loss on the top and bottom, and the radiation pattern would look more like a doughnut in 3D. In a two-dimensional view, it forms a figure-of-eight pattern in the vertical plane, and a circle in horizontal plane.

Here is the radiation pattern for an 8dB gain patch antenna. Notice the narrow beam width in both vertical and horizontal planes.

Low DB gain might seem a bit less appealing in terms of range, but it can offer more reliable performance thanks to the more spherical radiation pattern, you can get reasonably strong signals even by pointing the antenna straight at the receiver.

Axial Ratio

In reality there is no perfect circular polarized antenna. For example, a RHCP antenna might output 90% of RHCP signal with 10% LHCP signal. So there might still be interference even if you were doing everything perfectly. And Axial Ratio is used to measure this antenna property.

In practical FPV flying terms, this is the measurement of how susceptible the antenna is to multipath interference. Antennas with better capabilities of rejecting multipathing makes it easier to fly in areas with lots of concrete and metal.

Antennas with the axial ratio closer to 1, the better.

Frequency and Bandwidth

Antennas are tuned for a specific frequency, for example, the length of a dipole antenna determines the frequency it’s tuned to. The antenna would have the best performance when transmitting and receiving at this frequency.

If you transmit or receive at a slightly higher or lower frequency, the antenna would still have acceptable performance, and this “acceptable range” is the bandwidth. Outside of the bandwidth, signal strength is greatly reduced or even rejected.

You should understand what frequency your antenna is tuned for, and what the bandwidth is, in order to select the most effective channel/frequency to use. Otherwise you will be more likely to get interference and lose picture.

It can even cause overheat and damage to the video transmitter, because sending power into an unmatched antenna can reflect power back where it can build up as heat.

Anyway, for FPV most antennas designed for 5.8GHz should be fine for all the channels in A, B, E, F and R bands, unless it’s stated otherwise in the product specifications.


Stands for “Voltage Standing Wave Ratio”. It’s a measure of how efficient an antenna is – how much energy you put into the antenna and how much is bounced back.

When we are designing an antenna, we aim for a VSWR value as close to 1 as possible. At 1 VSWR, it means we can transfer 100% of the energy into the antenna, and out to the real world.

It’s considered reasonable to have a VSWR between 1 and 2, anything above 2 is poorly performing.

Note that VSWR changes with frequency. When talking about the tuning of an antenna, basically that’s the frequency with the lowest VSWR.

OwlRC makes a cheap VSWR (or SWR) meter for hobbyist use.

Types of Antennas

We have covered most of the basics in FPV antenna, and now I can finally introduce you some common types of antennas used for FPV.

  Omni-directional Directional
Linear Polarized Monopole, Dipole Patch
Circular Polarized Cloverleaf, Skew-Planar Wheel, Pagoda Helical, Patch, Crosshair

Monopole Antenna

Monopole antenna is the simplest form of antenna, which is basically just a piece of un-shielded wire. It’s very common in radio receivers because they are cheap and easy to repair. However they are not as effective as Dipole antennas. The length of the exposed wire is crucial as it determines the resonant frequency (frequency that it can pick up).

Tutorial: how to make Monopole antenna.

Dipole Antenna

Nearly all video transmitters and receivers come with a dipole antenna. They are light weight, and can be made very durable against crashes.

Dipole antennas has a simple design. It’s basically just a monopole antenna with a ground sleeve at under the active element. The ground sleeve can supposedly boost the performance considerably.

Cloverleaf and Skew-Planar Wheel Antennas

The cloverleaf and skew-planar wheel have been the most common antennas for mini quad FPV. Cloverleaf has 3 lobes while skew-planar wheel has four lobes.

These antennas are omni-directional like dipole. But they are circularly polarized and provide better reception and yet also less susceptible to multi-pathing, so you can fly around walls and trees with better video quality.

They are however relatively fragile therefore often come in different cases and protection. They are sometimes called “mushroom antenna” because of the shape of the housing.

Pagoda Antenna

best fpv antenna - pagoda

Pagoda is a relatively new antenna design in the FPV scene since 2016. It’s an omnidirectional circular polarized antenna. The unique design and use of material (PCB) makes it very durable. It’s relatively easy to make and so very popular among DIY’ers as well.

See our discussion on Pagoda antennas for more detail.

Helical Antenna

Helical antennas are spring-shaped, directional circular polarized antennas. The number of turns of coil determines the gain of the antenna. For more detail check out our article on Helical antenna and Patch antenna.

Patch antenna

Patch antennas are also directional, and can be found in linear and circular polarization.

These antennas are less laborious to manufacture on a reliable way, as they are essentially just copper traces printed on circuit boards. However the dielectric constant of the circuit board means they are inherently less efficient compared to other types of antennas such as the helical.

They generally have less directionality than Helical, and smaller foot-print.

Considerations in Choosing Antenna for FPV

For beginners, it’s best to start with omni-directional circularly polarized antennas, for example the cloverleaf or pagoda.

Antenna performance relies heavily on decent material and precision, good antennas would therefore cost more. However some top notch antennas can cost 2 to 3 times more than the lower end ones, while they might only bring 5% or 10% range improvement.

Axial ratio is also an important factor to consider, which isn’t normally mentioned by manufacturer. But you might be able to find out their performance from reviews online.

After all, it all depends on what you can afford and your research on products.

Once you’ve invested in a diversity receiver setup, you can then look into getting some directional antennas to improve signal quality and range.

What Antennas For VTX and VRX

When buying FPV antennas in pair, normally they are interchangeable and can be used on either TX or RX. Otherwise, they should be clearly labelled “TX” and “RX” on the outside.

Antennas on VTX and VRX don’t have to be the same. Directional antennas are often used on VRX to get more range. While on the VTX you should always use omni-directional antennas, due to the fact that quadcopters can be in different orientation during flight.

Notice in this photo the CP antenna on my goggles are RHCP, the one on my quad is LHCP :) They would still work together since they have an axial ratio greater than 1, just not as well as they are supposed to. I didn’t bring the correct antennas with me, and I flew alone that day in short range so it wasn’t a big deal :) Anyway you should avoid it.

Antenna Connector Types

For antenna connectors, we normally have SMA and RP-SMA. They are different in design and not compatible with each other, so make sure you buy the right one. Check this article to see the differences between SMA and RP-SMA. If you new to the hobby, try to stick with just SMA for your gear to avoid confusing yourself in the future. There is no difference in performance.

“U.FL” connectors are popular in VTX designed for racing due to the light weight and compact size for mini quad. But these are extremely fragile and have very limited mating cycles.

MMCX is a new type of connector that is being used in VTX and antennas. It’s a perfect balance between SMA and U.FL connectors in terms of weight and size. It’s much stronger than U.FL and have a lot more mating cycle. This is the my personal favorite at the moment.


A racing drone will inevitably experience many crashes during its life time. Since the antenna is installed on the outside of the frame, it will take no less abuse than the propellers and the frame. Therefore choose your antenna base on your likelihood of crashing. If you crash a lot, durability and robustness should be your priority in choosing FPV antenna.


One thing people usually overlook is the size and weight of the antenna. It’s becoming more important as mini quads are getting lighter and lighter. Every gram you save can improve the performance of your quad.

How to Mount VTX Antenna?

The best VTX antenna orientation depends on your flying style. Assuming you would be spending the majority of your flight cruising forward, your quadcopter might be tilted forward 30 to 45 degrees. Your antenna would work most effectively pointing vertically (due to its doughnut shape radiation pattern), which means it should be tilted backward 30 to 45 degrees when the quadcopter is lying flat on the table.

Geprc Smart 35 Tbs Crossfire Nano Antenna T Immortal

To get the best possible signal, the VTX antenna should stay in line of sight with the video receiver antennas at all time free of obstruction. One solution is to use a tall antenna so the frame, GoPro and LiPo battery can’t block the signal during flight.

However long antenna can create vibration during flight which will make your drone harder to tune or requires more noise filtering which compromises performance. So that’s one sacrifice you might have to make.

Stp Hobby Armor 5 Fpv Drone Rushfpv Rx Vtx Antenna Gps Mount

Racing drones have the VTX antenna mounted entirely inside TPU mount for durability. While this is not a problem for short range flying, you might want to avoid it for long range as having antenna active element mounted in TPU might detune its resonant frequency and degrade performance.

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How to Mount Video Receiver Antenna?

If using a single receiver module, I recommend a circular polarised onmi-directional antenna. On a diversity set-ups (as most people would have), I recommend using a patch and a onmi-directional antenna for the best all around performance.

For long range, it’s a good idea to have your VRX on a ground station to prevent head movements, which might change VRX antenna orientation unexpectedly during flight. Having a spotter might be helpful as they can help adjust your patch antenna to make sure they are always pointing at your model. If you have the patch on your goggles, you can also try to move your head to point the patch at your model when signal gets weak.

Can I Use SMA Adapters?

You can get adapters to convert between different connectors (RP-SMA, SMA, MMCX, U.FL etc). These adapters can even come with 45 degrees or 90 degree angle if you want to point the antenna at certain angle.

There is some signal loss when using these adapters, or extension coax wires, usually a few percent of power loss depending on the quality and design.

But sometimes the benefits of using an adapter or extension out-weighs the little signal loss. For example, you can use an extension coax wire to increase the separation between VTX antenna and radio receiver, or other sources of interference. Or you can use a 45-degree adapter to optimize your video receiver antenna orientation.

Avoid adapters whenever you can, but when they are necessary, don’t be afraid to use them :)

DIY FPV Antenna

5.8GHz antennas for FPV are not hard to DIY, but to get it perform well requires high level of precision. I do recommend buying them because they are not that expensive, but if you are feeling adventurous feel free to give it a go :)


So that covers some of basics and considerations in choosing your 5.8GHz FPV antenna, and some antenna recommendations for FPV flying. I hope this guide has helped you to choose the best FPV antenna for your mini quad!

Edit History

  • May 2017 – Article Created
  • Sep 2018 – Updated “Antenna Recommendations” and Added info about “Antenna Frequency”
  • March 2019 – added info about VSWR, adapters and extension cables
  • July 2020 – updated products
  • Mar 2022 – updated products
  • Jun 2022 – added detail about how to mount VTX/VRX antennas

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B Salomon 7th February 2023 - 2:23 pm

Very good/thorough explanation of complex RF principles in easy to understand terms.

Tyler 23rd January 2023 - 6:48 am

Man I went down the rabbit hole with 2.4ghz antennaes. In your opinion why are directional antennaes(helical specifically) for 2.4ghz not more common(even exist) compared to 5.8ghz? Is it because range isn’t an issue and directional could violate FCC rules very easily? Where as with 5.8ghz you’d stretch to even get to parity with 2.4ghz even with helicals/patch

Ryan Wilson 26th November 2021 - 3:08 pm

First u can unlock the tinyhawk 2 vtx from 25mw to 200mw that will make a huge difference there. I use fat shark scouts with a vas crosshair. In my opinion the vas crosshair is one other best VRX antennas u can buy at $35 (vas super cannon is fantastic too at $25, it’s great as an omni up close but at beyond 100yards it’s very very directional like lazer beam). I can fly far, farther than tinyhawk batteries allow. I can sit in my garage and fly every single inch of my 1800sqft house, bathrooms, showers it works amazingly well in and outside the house, I can fly from in the garage out the window and over the roof to opposite end of house with no loss… After several crashes the linear antenna broke off, I took an old mmcx axxii 2 completely removed both halves of the plastic cover to drop most the weight, glued down the elements that are under said cap (it will make since once u pop the plastic cap off) then soldered it onto the board where the other was… I can now run the lower power setting and get the same range, more battery, worthy upgrade.

Pierce Day 15th September 2021 - 3:55 am

Wondering if adding a piece of wire to the coax part of my vas ion pro with zip ties and elec tape is going to effect performance. The wire was a piece of uncoated ferrous hanger wire probably steel.

David Smith 30th March 2021 - 1:11 pm

I have a TinyHawk 2 and I use DJI Racing Edition goggles and a Taranis QX7 RC. I get very poor reception when flying inside my house. The TinyHawk 2 just has a little wire antenna sticking out of it. I am just using the DJI goggle antennas that come with it. Can you suggest a better antenna to use? Thanks

Ryan Wilson 26th November 2021 - 2:58 pm

First u can unlock the tinyhawk 2 vtx from 25mw to 200mw that will make a huge difference there. I use fat shark scouts with a vas crosshair on rx which in my opinion is one other best RC antennas u can buy at under $40. I can fly far, farther than tinyhawk batteries allow… after several crashes the linear antenna broke off, I an old axxii 2 completely removed both halves of the plastic cover, glued down the elements that are under said cap (it will make since once u pop the plastic cap off) then soldered it onto the board where the other was… I can now run the lower power setting and get the same range, more battery, worthy upgrade.

Ryan Wilson 26th November 2021 - 3:09 pm

First u can unlock the tinyhawk 2 vtx from 25mw to 200mw that will make a huge difference there. I use fat shark scouts with a vas crosshair. In my opinion the vas crosshair is one other best VRX antennas u can buy at $35 (vas super cannon is fantastic too at $25, it’s great as an omni up close but at beyond 100yards it’s very very directional like lazer beam). I can fly far, farther than tinyhawk batteries allow. I can sit in my garage and fly every single inch of my 1800sqft house, bathrooms, showers it works amazingly well in and outside the house, I can fly from in the garage out the window and over the roof to opposite end of house with no loss… After several crashes the linear antenna broke off, I took an old mmcx axxii 2 completely removed both halves of the plastic cover to drop most the weight, glued down the elements that are under said cap (it will make since once u pop the plastic cap off) then soldered it onto the board where the other was… I can now run the lower power setting and get the same range, more battery, worthy upgrade.

Brent 25th October 2019 - 11:12 pm

Noob here…… so if I have 2 rhcp (1 circular patch antenna and 1 long range circular antenna) and 2 lhcp ( 1 circular patch antenna and 1 omni circular antenna), and a linear dipole on the mini quad will the help or make it worse for video reception, video quality and distance?

Israel Shirk 1st April 2019 - 4:32 am

Check out the VAS Ion v2 – higher gain than the lollipop v2, but with a 0.94 axial ratio instead of tautalogous <1 axial ratio (which ends up working with a dipole receiver as well as CP receiver). Great overview!

Temel 17th November 2018 - 5:43 pm

My vrx have 2 antenna output. One cloverleaf and one polarized. Or both of them cloverleaf. Which is better? If polarized better which polarized is better?

Oscar 23rd November 2018 - 4:44 am

i think you misunderstood polarized antennas, please join forum for discussion and help:

Slava Chrome 13th September 2018 - 8:09 pm

What about TripleFeed Patch antennas?

Chris Fisher 24th August 2018 - 3:13 pm

Hello oscar i love your articles my question is in this one you mentioned that when a signal bounces it changes say from rhcp to lhcp so i was wondering if it would work if i used my furious fpv true d with both a lhcp and a rhcp pagoda antenna with a rhcp pagoda antenna on my quad do you think this would help with signal

Virginia Maze 5th June 2018 - 2:01 am

You saved me! My teen built a 5″ quad using a YouTube build list. He needed to replace his VTX antenna because it broke. He did a lot of work communicating with forums to figure out the recommended replacement parts. Your article taught me everything I needed to know as a parent to feel confident clicking the “submit order” button, knowing that we had the right parts and wouldn’t end up spending more money next week because we chose the wrong stuff. We figured out what to upgrade and what he had that would already work. And bonus–I had a lot of fun learning about antennas and feel more informed and involved. He decided to upgrade his VTX to CP Lumenier AXII Stubby Pagoda and for his VRX, we bought adapters to use for a pair of Aomway Cloverleafs he already had, but wasn’t using. He had previously been using dipole on his VTX, so this was a good upgrade using something he already had. Nothing else was as overall informative as your article. Thanks so much!!

Oscar 5th June 2018 - 2:58 pm

Thanks for the great feedback Virginia!

Bob 14th April 2018 - 7:02 pm

Hi Oscar, thanks for writing this post, I refer to it quite a lot. Do I understand you correctly, that it is better to use a lineair and a circulair antenna than using a lineair antenna on both ends? I make use of the latter and never experienced really unflyable situations. I mean during an indoor flight event, when the building is constructed out of mainly steel and iron elements I do experience bad signal at the far back of the building. But, like I said, not unflyable (25mW, 4 pilots at the same time).

Oscar 17th April 2018 - 9:04 pm

For mini quads, yes :) Because we roll and flip all the time it’s hard to keep both antennas aligned properly at all times.
If you fly with others, and indoor, definitely go for CP antennas on both ends.

Carlos 12th April 2018 - 10:52 am

Hola Oscar, tengo un hubsan H501SS y por lo que estoy viendo las de polarización circular dan mejor cobertura pero en menor rango. No quiero hacer FPV y me gusta mas grabar e irme lo mas lejos que pueda. Entiendo que debería cogerme unas antenas direccionales. Cuales me recomiendas o que consejos me das para tener mayor rango de distancia con buen FPV?
Gracias y enhorabuena por el artículo.

CDR.Mallorca 13th November 2019 - 10:24 am

People doesn’t know every language in the world.
You are in a public forum and you should stick to the language in use here.

This is called netiquette.

Cyril (aka zzubbione) 3rd February 2018 - 5:13 pm

Hello !
Great article. really interesting.
But has a noob in the fpv world (just one year for me in this hobby. I only own some little 90 or smaller quad. I come slowly to the 3″.
I have Dipole (and linear if i understand) antennas on my quads. I use fatshark domV2 with furiousfpv V3,5 module, and a linear bandicoot patch, and RHCP pagoda.
So, my question is : Did I must change the RHCP pagoda ?
For a better reception (mostly indoor use), did i must use a linear antenna like the stock fatshark ?
Many thanks. Great Site. Great bible of fpv stuff and drone .

Oscar 5th February 2018 - 2:54 pm

No, i think it’s fine, save your money and stick with this setup, unless you run into problem where you need better signal.
For indoor, i think circular polarized antennas are much better to avoid multipath.

Adrien 7th November 2017 - 6:10 pm

Hi Oscar,
Thank you for writing one of the most detailed exlpanation on FPV antenas out there!
One question is almost never answered on the internet: when you already own a market drone, like the Hubsan H501S, in which you cannot easily replace antennas, what antennas to buy for my goggles and controller?

The controller is the Pro version, with SMA plugs.

The goggles are Eachine EV100, with two RP-SMA plugs but only one receiver (no true diversity).

I want to improve the controller range (a good 2.4Ghz dipole I guess?) and to get the best video out of my goggles.

Thank you for your time :)

GBFPV 1st June 2017 - 9:53 pm

Used the Furious FPV Cloverleaf uFl antenna on my 3in quad and TrampHV….totally destroyed after a few crashes. First the lobes bent and the epoxy broke at some locations. Trying to bend it back to the original shape the solder joint cracked. I removed as much epoxy as possible and resoldered the lobes. When soldering one lobe, the opposite one detached. When all lobes were reattached (luckily!) I applied a big blob of epoxy glue. The assy was then quite stronger. Next crash, the cloverleaf was strong enough to resist, but the uFl connector not! It is too small for me to think about a possible repair. This is a scrap antenna.
Conclusion, very light antenna and quite efficient, but do not crash it.

Oscar 3rd June 2017 - 3:20 pm

yup they used that same antenna on the Moskito70 micro quad as well and I didn’t have much luck with the exposed construciton. And they didn’t listen to my suggestion and carried on with the design, what can I say.

gliderboy 28th May 2017 - 2:05 am

For durable Aomway snip away plastic support and submerge center of cloverleaf in a big glob of hot glue. Much tougher than stock antenna but adds 2 grams.

Suley 27th May 2017 - 7:10 pm

Hi Oscar. Quick question. Can you use Left hand side VRX antenna with right hand side VTX antenna?

david kyjovsky 28th May 2017 - 11:31 am

You can, but shouldn’t. The whole idea (and advantge) of circular polarisation is the rejection of the “opposite” polarisation by CP antenna. Reflected signal changes polarisation – and we don’t want to receive reflected signal as it causes the multipathing problems.

Mr Pit 18th May 2017 - 8:05 am

Oscar, check your antenna polarisation of your VTX and VRX. Whey are wrong.
On the foto where your quad is lying on your backpack / grass, your VTX antenna on your quad is an LEFT polarized and on your Fatshark the VRX Omniantenna is a RIGHT polarized :P

Oscar 18th May 2017 - 12:56 pm

Well spotted Mr pit :)
I wasn’t going to mention it but since you asked I have put a caption under that picture to explain why I did it :)

Nor Azhar Abdul Aziz Adam 17th May 2017 - 9:25 pm

The latest Aomways CP now comes with plastic casing

Oscar 18th May 2017 - 12:55 pm

thanks :)
we are featuring the older version because it’s proven to work and recommended many users.
We will look into the new version later on :)

1337Flite 20th May 2017 - 7:13 pm

The Aomway with the cover is the same antenna as the older Aomway without the cover, just with a cover that can be attached.
You can also buy the cover seprately.