I recently received another Blue MX AR500 receiver from Target Hobby. This one has the antenna connector soldered to the receptacle. I was curious how it would perform in the receiver test that I had previous conducted with the non-soldered version. During that first test, I had made sure the antenna wire was well seated and hot glued it in place to make sure it didn’t detach again.
In the new receiver range test, I made it more challenging by placing the test rig closer to the ground. The antennas were now 18″ off the as compared to around 72″ in the first test. According to Spektrum, their appropriately 30 yard recommendation (in reduced power mode) is for the antennas to be 18-24″ off the ground. My first test results may have been too optimistic.
You can see the antenna is properly seated
Reduced Output Power Test results
Lemon 7 channel Stabilizer w/ DSMX Satellite: 300+ yards
Blue MX AR500 (factory soldered antenna connector): 300+ yards
Blue MX AR500 (hot glued antenna connector): 180 yards
Spektrum AR600 300+ yards
All did extremely well considering Spektrum advises that 30 yards is acceptable. I would not hesitate to use receivers that surpass Spektrum’s range test by 5-10 times. The Blue MX AR500 is a full range receiver for a very economical price.
I praise Target Hobby for their response. They offered free samples to be tested by hobbyists, we found a problem, they worked with us to find a solution, then they worked with the factory to implement the solution successfully. Good job Target Hobby!
Review by sympster – one of Hobbymatehobby Power Pilots