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GPS 4mm Upgrade Modification

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Mods' started by Duke, Jul 30, 2015.

  1. Duke

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    I received my new Phantom today and being this will be my Video Quad out of the many mods that I did, I am happy with the 4mm GPS Copper Foil Shielding upgrade. Before the modification I set the P2 in my living room and it was able to lock on between 7 and sometimes 8 Birds. After installing the 4mm GPS and the Copper Foil Shielding Upgrade I was locked on 10 and sometimes 11 Birds. I have never seen 11 Birds outside in the clear and only a couple times have I seen 10 briefly. I am convinced this modification helps.

    I am pretty good with an Iron but I was nervous as a dog chitting peach pits when I was Soldering in the new 4mm puck onto the board, but obviously I made it through ok! ;) Just thought I would give this report.

    ~Duke
     
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    Have a v-3 that locks 12 sat in my area and a v-2 that would dance 5-7 . I did the 4mm puck & copper tape shield, immediately locks 9-12(6-7 indoors) cost for parts on e-bay
    $5
     
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    Hey Bum ya have some links of those E-bay Parts? Thanks Duke
     
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    Any link to a good video tutorial for the install??
     
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    Thanks! I'm still new to my bird, but gathering all of the info I can to keep me busy during the winter... :)
     
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    This is the one i watched, i had an extra gps module to practice on and it worked like a charm. If your soldering attempts are hit and miss like mine i would not risk screwing up you one good one. That being said it only took 10 minutes and went well this time. The copper tape shielding is pretty self explanatory, i tried to only leave barely enough gps cable exposed to get fingers in and connect
     
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    Well I intend to practice soldering a bit before I attempt it. I'd be VERY sad if I fudged up my bird...

    Not to get too much off-topic, but is there a preferred style of iron to get? I'm not all too familiar with soldering (yet).
     
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    Admittedly i have a lot to learn but i've had best luck so far with mini butane,small tip,& small soldier wire
     
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    I watched the video, seems very simple. The only soldering is the pin holing the chip to the board, so it seems very simple.

    Where do you put the foil though?

    I also followed the ebay links. Being that both items are from China, how long did it take for you to get them?
     
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    After you do that step cover that existing shielding with the copper tape. It seems most anything I order from Hong Kong takes three weeks
     
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    http://www.phantompilots.com/thread...w-it-gives-yellow-blinking.49937/#post-474803

    Read this thread near the bottom I give a bunch of links, Bum has some good links on parts but I used a copper foil sheet. Since I have a 4000.00 Vinyl Cutter I made a Vinyl shield to cover the copper to prevent shorts. After I applied the Vinyl directly to the copper foil sheet I trimmed it out.

    Good Luck ~Duke