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Parabolic antenna boosters: worth it?

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by exit 4, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. exit 4

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    I see these boosters on Amazon for 18-25 bucks. Are they any good for the money, or just useless gadgets?
     
  2. snowghost

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    They work quite well.
     
  3. alokbhargava

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    Reports are good.
     
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    It does 2 things.. redirects all the control and video signals and it blocks the phones wifi and signal that may impair range by flooding the channels. Some have reported triple the range.
     
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    I got mine 2 days ago and maybe because I'm in a heav residential area it works ok. I think if I got more altitude and straight line of sight it would help.

    I was using it this afternoon and was past where I normally have signal issues and was getting good readings. But then out of nowhere, I did not turn away from the direction of the phantom, the signal dropped right off. When the signal came back after 5 seconds it was already climbing in RTH mode.
     
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    Before the parabolic booster I was getting about 1000-1400 ft before the first hiccup in connection .around my neighborhood full of houses and wifi spots and other interferences . With booster on I can easily get 3500-4000 ft distance before the first hiccup in connection ymmv. Only issue is it adds a hefty amount of weight to the exiting ANTENNAES , so any sudden bump or movement and one or both flops out position
     

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    i dont see a difference from making a windsurfer or buying these except a better looking product. got the same distance with the paper one i did with the hard amazon one but the amazon one with copper just looks sweet so to me worth the 20 bucks vs having a getto looking paper on your 800-1300 drone...
     
  10. Ken Hanks

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    Aluminium is a preferred material for antenna building. Don't waste your money on copper.
     
  11. Mark The Droner

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    There was a similar thread a week or two ago and one poster stated with authority that it doesn't matter whether its copper or aluminum - what matters is how smooth the surface is. He didn't validate this in any way, however.
     
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    I can't see any difference in the windsurfer I bought from Amazon. It's the aluminum type. Maybe it's the neighborhood I fly in and they will help more out in the open? Only 18 bucks, not like I spent a hundred or more.
     
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    What do you mean "difference." Difference between the amazon one and a home made one? Or difference between a stand alone linear antenna and one with the windsurfer? There is no question that a windsurfer design will add signal strength if you make any attempt to aim it correctly.
     
  14. exit 4

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    Sorry. I don't see any difference in range compared to without using one. As I said, it may be better in a more open area. In the suburbs I get the same range with or without the windsurfer.
     
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    Night and day difference for me. I made my own.
     
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    I 3d printed my own and use copper tape. I used to get lost signals at around 2000 ft. Now I can go around 6000 ft in the same area (in the suburbs, etc.).
     
  17. Phantomfreak

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    They work very well, at least doubled my range..
     
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    I use them and the distance has doubled for me 8600' and had some video flicker so I chickened out, best I have gone. I don't like to push it, scares the sh&t out of me.


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    That's a pretty neat idea to have the 2 antenna dishes fold (even though he can't spell "folding") into a clamshell. However I prefer having the dishes separate. In my backpack it's easier to find places to store the two separate parabolic dishes, versus a clamshell that's twice as thick. These are the set of reflectors I like, good quality stuff, unlike this that I bought and arrived broken because the plastic was so thin. Sent that back the same day. However, a windsurfer provides great value, doubling the communications distance of Lightbridge for for $10 to $30, depending what kind of quality you want to guide your $1000 drone a couple miles away.
     
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    When the video flickers, you push on till you loose all signal. It'll come back. Very nerve racking though


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