Review: TBS Triumph Antennas (5.8 GHz)
Lately it has been a little bit too silent in the FPV antenna market. Luckily TBS (Team Black Sheep) decided to break this silence and come out with a new antenna set, specifically designed for mini quads. The new TBS Triumph antenna has a unique design, which makes it hard to be mistake with everything you have seen in the FPV antenna market for now.
This article is just a little write up of my impressions of the new TBS Triumph antenna set*. I own the antennas for about two months up to the point this review is written and had some time to test them out in multiple different scenarios. The antenna set has been bought in the free market and is no review sample provided by the manufacturer. Before we continue, let’s have a look a the technical specifications of the new TBS Triumph antennas:
|Frequency range||5500 – 6000 MHz|
|Price||~ 40 Euros|
The Triumph antenna has been developed in a cooperation between FPV expert IBCrazy and Team Black Sheep. The antennas come in a overall black design, which has some white / grey-ish prints on the antenna head. On the one hand the black color looks good on full CFK frames, on the other hand I already learnt the hard way, that having a colorful antenna makes it a whole lot easier, if it ever should get lost. The cable used on the TBS Triumph is a RG402 coaxial cable, which can handle the intended frequencies without any problems by specification.
With a specified bend radius of 19 mm this cable type is flexible enough to adjust to any desired position. The antenna head is formed like a cloverleaf on the outside, too and therefore looks different than most of the other FPV antennas out there. While ImmersionRC utilizes a clip mount to attach the plastic antenna cover to its SpiroNet antennas, the TBS Triumph has a fully closed head which is ultrasonic-welded. The inside of the protector is filled with a special foam, which is intended to absorb the impact energy in case of a crash. This feature makes the Triumph especially interesting for the use with mini quads out on the race track. Overall build quality is very high on this product. Another advantage I found, is the relatively short height measurement of under 9 centimeters. Compared to a de-facto standard SpiroNet (V2) antenna* the Triumph looks really tiny. Perfect for 200 sized quads and below!
What’s in the box?
The TBS Triumph antennas are delivered in the typical Team Black Sheep designed black cardboard box. Inside you will find nothing but a pair of your new Triumph antennas and two RP-SMA to SMA adapters.
Judging video quality always is highly subjective. As I do not have any equipment allowing me to objectively measure the antenna performance, I am only able to tell my experiences so far. In general they fit the Fatshark Dominator V2 goggles* nicely, although I think the longer shaft of the SpiroNet is an advantage on the receiver side. Simply because it enables better positioning of the antenna itself. On the quad the shorter design is a plus, of course.
Video quality wise I noticed an improvement when flying in urban areas, e.g. on a sports field in a neighbor hood. Here I got less interference compared to the SpiroNet V2s. On my regular flying field, I found the picture to look a little better, but in terms of range there was no noticeable improvement. Of course, antenna performance is highly dependent on the characteristics of your environment. For my part, I can’t say that the TBS Triumph has solved all glitches in the video feed, but having a compact and robust antenna is a plus itself. Keep in mind that this is all on 25mW. So no magic is going to happen in terms of range anyway. Receiver has been a TBS RX 5G8 module* for the Dominator goggles.
The TBS Triumph antennas are a very well made set of 5.8 GHz FPV antennas, that don’t only look good, but also allow great handling due to their compact measurements. The price tag of around 40 Euros is right on this antenna pair. You can buy antennas that perform worse, for more. I like the really robust design best. The antenna already took some hits and still stands up great. It also got lost during a flight once, and only has been retrieved from 20 centimeter high grass on a 60.000 m² field with the help of a metal detector.
The completely black „coloring“ didn’t exactly help on this. From now on my TX antenna has some bright orange tape on it. But that’s just me! If you are looking for a new antenna anyway I would give the TBS Triumph a try for sure. It subjectively performs equally well and in some situations even better than my SpiroNet V2s and it has the same price tag. So go ahead!
Update: For all those of you, who also experienced the fun crawling through knee high grass looking for your BLACK Triumph antenna: TBS seems to have felt our pain an release a new Triumph antenna set in bright orange*!