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  1. Sky Pirate

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    I've seen loads of ad's for these reflectors to put on antenna, does anyone really know if they actually do any good?

    Not that I want to fly miles out of sight (not a good idea in my mind) but a better signal (if it works) has to be a plus , and safer for all. parabolic.jpg .

    Any comments appreciated.:)
     
  2. apex1

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    I found that they made a noticeable positive difference for me.
     
  3. Mark The Droner

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  4. Northern Observer

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    Try to make sure they are parabolic curves, not 1/2 circles.
     
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  5. Sky Architect

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    I have a WiFi signal booster that provides 10x more power to the WiFi signal but I have seen tests of these and they do make a significant difference. The best I have seen is a 40% increase in range.
     
  6. Erised

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    Parabolic worked for me.
     
  7. r62ewa

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    They cost very little but offer great results. They extend my range and I use them when I want to fly lower over water at longer distances.
     
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  8. Fishie

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    This would not work the same for the P4 transmitter since it has two antennas. The reflected radio waves would reflect differently. Notice a quick video that I did showing that any beam reflected from the antenna will come straight out. Notice as the laser moves how it still keeps the antenna centerline the same. This means the parabola shape is correct.

    Your version would reflect the beam who knows where!



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  9. freak42

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    Yes they do work and they are commonly referred to as windsurfers. Your signal however is a lot more directional, so be sure to point your tx in the general direction of the bird.

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  10. Fishie

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    And up!! The problem with the transmitter design is that unless you angle the transmitter up, the tablet gets in the way and wants to push them down, thereby defeating the purpose for a more focused beam.


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  11. Cactus Wren

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    I've read tons of reviews all saying they work.
    I bought a pair, but not for increased range as much as reduced exposure to the radio waves. You're holding that controller pretty close to your body and the antennae are sending out signal in all directions. We've all heard about health risks associated with repeated exposure to radio waves, so I figured these little things would cut down on that. Better signal to the drone and increased range is a bonus.

    I JUST got the Ph4, mind you, and I've only taken it out once for an initial flight (Beginner's Mode), so I haven't had an opportunity to test how well they work for me.
     
  12. Fishie

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    I'm sure you get far more radiation out in the sun, flying in an airplane, sitting in your house with your wi-if on, or even talking on the cell phone during the course of a day.

    The Phantom 4 only has a 200mw output (guessing that is 400mw total because of the two antennas. Nothing compared to other emissions out there.


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  13. WWK888

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    I find wearing an aluminum hat negates the effect of the radio waves. Just kidding, welcome to the forum.


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  14. Cactus Wren

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    :tonguewink: Raspberries to you!! :grinning:

    And anyway, my hat is tin foil, not aluminum.
    So there!
     
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  15. Cactus Wren

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    Perhaps, but anytime you go out in the sun (to fly a drone, for example), you should have sunscreen on.
    I don't fly in airplanes anymore, if I can help it. Just TOO MUCH hassle. And you get WAY more radiation exposure in an airplane than anything else under normal circumstances, btw. I think an average flight is roughly equivalent to 5 - 10 chest X-rays.
    I don't talk much on my phone because people think I'm uptight or something (can't imagine why).
    And I only have wi-fi on when I need to do something with the internet - otherwise it's turned off.

    Basically, I do as many simple things as I can to reduce risks. Like most other things in life, moderation is the key.
     
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  16. Mark The Droner

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    Really? I thought the FCC limit was 100 mw per transmitter
     
  17. Fishie

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    One watt unless you have a HAM license or other permission. I know you CAN get video transmitters and receivers for 500milliwatt easily online. Anyone else correct me but that is my experience when building my own FPV airplane.

    FCC Rules for Wireless Equipment operating in the ISM bands -www.afar.net
     
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  18. Boydy1

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    Yip
    They work okay!
    They have given me a lot more confidence when flying long range.
    Certainly does boost the signal.
    Well recommended.


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  19. Fishie

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    It really does not "boost" the signal per see more so than it helps to "redirect" the existing signal.

    Has anyone tested flying long range by using a parabolic reflector and having your side or your back NOT facing the drone's direction? I predict significantly less signal than stock.


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