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FC40 stock distance shocker

Discussion in 'Phantom FC40 Discussion' started by jetdust, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. jetdust

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    This past weekend I was in an area with no gsm coverage, limited cdma coverage, and virtually no wifi networks in Norther Michigan. I just mapped out how far I went FPV using just the FC40 camera and managed to go 1300' which is way more than I can go around my home where everybody has wifi in their homes.. I suspect the lack of interference really makes a huge difference!
     
  2. ericdes

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    Is that 1300 feet?

    Some have gotten 5000 feet and more in a rural area. Just check out some Vision owners and what they say.

    I know I am not willing to push it out that far, but many do.
     
  3. chrisc

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    The most I've done is 750feet with the wifi camera in a built up residential area.
    If you was getting video from the FC40 camera at that distance that is amazing.
     
  4. nintendrone64

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    Technically, all Phantoms are capable of hitting 4000 feet before losing connection with the your remote controller. Anyone saying they went past that must have a different set up because the stock setup has a max of 4000 feet!
    You'll definitely get more range in just a large open space, but just try to time your battery if you're going real far!
     
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  6. rduffman

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    I typically get between 130-170 meters with mine if I use my iPad 3. With the iPhone 5 the video is a bit more choppy and slightly less distance.
     
  7. Big Ben

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    Last week I made a few flights trying to see how far I still got WiFi signal from the FC40 camera. I had the camera facing sideways and flew in CL or HL so I could see the image tilting when flying further and levelling during hover. During two flights at a certain point repeated stick actions moving the Phantom further out didn't result in the image tilting anymore so I concluded it was outside WiFi range. Later at home when checking the distance of the farthest position as visible from the video with a digital map I came to the conclusion it didn't tilt anymore because I probably had reached the limit of my geofence setting at 300m. This was all stock gear. So now I have increased that setting to 350m but haven't had the chance to do additional testing to find out whether I can still get signal from beyond that 300m point.

    At that distance it was near the limit of visual range. When I changed from looking at the Phantom to my phone and back it had become difficult to find/see the Phantom again. Once I couldn't find it and simply flew it back. One trick I discovered is to fly it a little bit back and then out again so it shows the red and green leds because of the tilting. That helps in locating it again.