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Loss of RC signal after 1700' away

Discussion in 'Standard/4k Discussion' started by maxis, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. maxis

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    Just got my p3s, for all the accessories I could, then got a range extender. I purchased the blue phantom range extender, after the install I'm only getting 1700' before I get a "weak RC signal" warning.
    Antennas are pointed up and/or at the angle doesn't help. Video works fine no choppy feed, only RC signal fades.
    What am I doing wrong? From what I have read I should be getting much more the 2-3x the distance.

    I'm flying in a rural area at about 200' in altitude over trees tops.
    Anyone? In the attached pic the furthest distance is shown on the plot map.
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  2. flpholt

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    try flying around 400 feet and see what the difference is
     
  3. maxis

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    It did not help, actually could not even get as far at a higher altitude. Anyone, anything?
    If I don't have the RC wire snapped all the way on the board for the new extender would this happen? Would I get the 1700' if it is not connected? I don't imagine I would with just the board putting out the signal, would I?


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  4. mdowney58

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    Seems like I remember other poor distance threads talking about RC'S coming from DJI with disconnected antenna connectors, resulting in quads that were flyable, but with very limited distances.

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  5. flpholt

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    yep if not seated good would give you lousy distance plus if your around any metal car anything like that well that cuts your signal also
     
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    If it's not connected, you get a red warning. I have an argtek set up and in mid flight I loosened my main antenna and got red messages after two turns of loosening it. So I assume this would be the same results of not having that wire properly connected to the board inside the controller. .


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    not if its making contact but not a good one
     
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    What did you get for range before the antenna upgrade?
     
  9. maxis

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    I never flew it to max distance before I upgraded... I wasted no time tweaking and upgrading.. Maybe to a fault... Guess I could put the old back on and see how it works.


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  10. Garry C

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    So.......... Me always being arms reach from my HUGE *** van isn't good? I was kinda wondering about that. But it provides some much needed shade out here in the desert.


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  11. maxis

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    [​IMG]

    The connection looks solid.


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  12. Dal

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    It would be good to know your stock distance. But it's weak ether way. I got over 10,000ft stock with a windsurfer over water. Still had video and Rc.


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  13. maxis

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    I put the factory antenna back on, I will let u know how it goes.


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    Are you talking about the pic that says "GPS Signal Weak" ???


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    Based on time of day, which part of the neighborhood I'm flying in I can about 1700-2200 feet before dropping signal. I get my best distance in early morning it seems
     
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    yeah I get about 2400 to 2800 in neighborhood
     
  17. maxis

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    Stock antenna reinstalled got over 3600' BUT I'm on a job in Puerto Rico and flew it over a valley, see pic.
    I will try at home tomorrow for distance.
    What is the best range extender for the p3s, I'm going to most likely return this one.... What should I replace it with? The FPVLR seems to have good results, anyone used this set up?

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    I flew to the school in the far left corner... Lost video feed... Being new to this, I pee'ed a little ... And hit reverse!!


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    DBS mods ITElite. One member got 40k feet...search "this is going to be fun" on here