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Phantom Long range flight - Whats up with later firmware

Discussion in 'Firmware' started by Goldmagnet, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. Goldmagnet

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    Hi

    I regularly read in the forums that if you want to fly long range you must use older firmware (1.08). Why is that ?

    I do not have any amps, only Horizon FPV antennas, and I just flew out to 2.2 miles with the latest firmware, so I am intrigued, what am I missing.

    GM
     
  2. 4wd

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    The top speed was higher, I guess it used the battery up quicker if you used that speed though.
     
  3. Goldmagnet

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    Is there any difference if you use ATTi mode, or is it Phantom mode only that has the restriction ?

    GM
     
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    1.08 is about speed when u go for 4-6 km flights then u need that speed to come back but once again it depends on the wind speed in ur oart of town. Just curious what kit are u using cause my fpv drops out with 4500 feet altitude 500 feet i have the single extreme jit from horizon
     
  5. Goldmagnet

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    Hi

    I am using Horizon FPV antennas (no amplifiers), I am pretty impressed by them.

    I flew out to 11650 feet at a height of 300 ft.

    GM
     
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    Yes, an epic flight to be sure, Goldmagnet.

    You had the advantage of transmitting from an elevated position with clear line-of-sight, no trees and it also looks like you were in an area with little or no radio interference.
     
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    Have you changed your aircraft antennae, Geert?
     
  9. Goldmagnet

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    Hi Geert

    We have very similar setups, and similar results.

    I don't like the idea of using older firmware, as time goes on it will only become less compatible. I am going to stick with the latest firmware version as there seems little benefit of staying with the older firmware. Thanks for doing the test, its really helped me make up my mind.

    Was 2.1 miles your limit, did RTH kick in ?

    GM
     
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    Its the descent speed in 1.08 that is required when going for distance.
    When battery is low, 2ms descent in the 3.00+ firmware is daunting.
     
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    I don't agree.
    As i come back from a deep impact flight i switch to ATTI.
    It descends on its own but has a lot more speed to offer.
    There are 2 things to consider.
    1: Keep a eye on the altitude.
    2: When its back and descended from lets say 300ft to a 100ft and you're fine with that altitude, give a brief moment a descent command to the bird because it will notice its to low and ascent again to the previous altitude.
     
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    Lucky b@#$%&*&^^ LMAO ( its mend as a joke Geert )
     
  13. Goldmagnet

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    Pretty much the same here. My long distance flights start from the garden which is over 400ft up, and I could fly at a height of 10 feet for 3 miles without hitting anything as most of the land falls away.

    I think the answer is to be confident in ATTI mode.

    GM
     
  14. Thrash113

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    Hey guys, I'm curious, I am a noobie, and I've been watching the UTUBE videos and I want to add the FlyTrex and the mini osd, FPV but I'm not sure. Also which antenna would you recommend?
     
  15. Goldmagnet

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    Hi

    I would recommend Horizon FPV antennas.

    GM
     
  16. ToThePoint

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    The max i had the bird out is approx 5km on V3.06 and still had FPV and RC control. Around 15.000ft some glitches on FPV so next time i'm using the booster app doubling the FPV range ( i guess ).
    NEVER attempt a long distance flight if you don't know how to fly in ATTI, thats my advice !
    I did 2 attempts for really long distance and ATTI saved the bird twice !
     
  17. juangelb

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    Hi Geert,

    What about thisDual Black Hawk Horiz antenas ?
    Interested on know. Coul You please put a link on the antenas ?

    Tks a lot : Juan