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Increase range of ground end possible?

Discussion in 'DJI Ground Station' started by Pootoo, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. Pootoo

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    Have any of you tried to increase the range of the ground end of the datalink by changing to a better/different antenna rather than using the stock antenna?

    I am wondering if it is possible to increase the range that it could maintain contact with the air end.

    I flew it far as a test and my ground end lost contact about under a mile away. Anyone think it is possible to use a more directional antenna on the ground end to maintain contact with the air end at long distances?
     
  2. NYG

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    I haven't tried it yet but I have both a signal booster and antennas to test on the ground end.
     
  3. andersonpaac

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    The ground end uses an RP-SMA type connection , that should be fairly easy to upgrade. So in response , yes most certainly
     
  4. OI Photography

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    Mine has SMA on the ground end (which is still upgradable of course).
     
  5. Nidge

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    A more effective way of increasing the range without resorting to amplifiers of dubious specification is to simply mount the ground end on a pole. I've used a cheap fibreglass telescopic fishing pole with the ground element, Bluetooth adaptor, and LiPo battery supply, at a height of about 15ft agl (first four sections of a 10 meter pole )

    Regards

    Nidge
     
  6. GearLoose

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    Nice suggestion, Nidge... as are the others you've made. Appreciated!
     
  7. andersonpaac

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    What range do you get?
     
  8. Nidge

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    I've not tried to break any distance or height records. My hex is ring fenced at 500m out and 80m altitude but the relative signal strength is always healthy even when the hex is at 500m and only a few feet off the ground.

    Regards

    Nidge
     
  9. sbarton

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    Take a look at this video on upgrading the WiFi extender. Seems pretty easy. I wouldn't cheap out on the components though.
    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEHzDi4hHKU[/youtube]