I just found this other forum post, which might be the answer to my issues: https://forum.mysensors.org/topic/5671/loosing-my-mind-sensor-not-talking-to-esp-gw-latest-2-2-0-beta/2
I too have bought the radios with a blob instead of an IC.
I too have ordered different radios - the ones that are recommended here in the shop.
Had just hoped to be able to figure out how to get the ones I have to work. If anyone have any other ideas, or would like me to post some code, please let me know. I am running pretty standard from the example, only added MY_NODE_ID in the top...