Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

Sign up for a weekly email of the latest drone news & information

Triple your P3P range with an aluminum range booster!!!!

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by PilotHarry, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. PilotHarry

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    283
    Likes Received:
    85
    So I love my P3P, but wasn't thrilled that at 1900 feet away I would lose signal and it would RTH.

    So, I ordered a Aluminum Parabolic Antenna Range Booster for DJI Phantom 3 Inspire 1 Windsurfer

    Incredible.

    Today, from the same location as my 1900 feet away flights, I went out to 6000 feet before my signal broke up!!!

    So it more than tripled my range, for a MEASLY (In the scale of things) $28 bucks.

    This is a US seller so shipping was quick, quality is great, AND a carrying case is included. 10/10 would buy again :)

    Here are some pictures.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    timz5011 and fly_it like this.
  2. PilotHarry

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    283
    Likes Received:
    85
    I know I was at almost 500 feet here, my fault and it wont happen again. I thought my P3P was programmed in feet, so I set the RTH altitude at 150. Whoops... So when I lost signal at 6000 feet away it went up to 150 METERS before I regained signal and brought it back down.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. N017RW

    Joined:
    May 2, 2014
    Messages:
    6,236
    Likes Received:
    1,606
    Location:
    Palm Beach Co.- FL
    These are very popular here and often called 'Windsurfers'.

    There's a few vendors in the U.S. and elsewhere.
     
  4. D4T_PoM

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2015
    Messages:
    693
    Likes Received:
    183
    Location:
    London UK
    I have the exact same ones, they are a hell of a lot better then my 3D printes windsurfer.
     
  5. Charles Vo

    Joined:
    May 9, 2015
    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    17
    Is it really made of aluminum or aluminum lined plastic? That's great that you triple your range even though the claim is 50-100% and mine only gave me 50%, but to 1800m (~6000 ft) It must be other factors also as your 6000 ft is only what the P3 is supposed to do straight out of the box.
     
  6. PilotHarry

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    283
    Likes Received:
    85
    Solid aluminum with the plastic mount.

    Yeah, I wasn't thrilled with the original range but given I'm flying suburban, its not bad. Im flying from the street, taking off in between trees and homes so the signal isn't great. The 6000 feet is fantastic though!

    Heres a picture from that trip, 4000x3000.

    [​IMG]
     
    BigAl07 likes this.
  7. N017RW

    Joined:
    May 2, 2014
    Messages:
    6,236
    Likes Received:
    1,606
    Location:
    Palm Beach Co.- FL
    Solid aluminum is not any better that a foil veneered plastic, properly formed, parabola and accurate focal point location of the antenna.

    The reflector not need be opaque either. This concept is easily demonstarted by the see-thru door on a microwave oven.
     
    Phil H likes this.
  8. PilotHarry

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    283
    Likes Received:
    85
    In terms of longevity I believe that the aluminum will last longer than a foil veneered plastic, as it is MUCH more resistant to scratches.

    Interesting, I never thought of it like the doors of a microwave oven.. I guess they both reflect?
     
    D4T_PoM likes this.
  9. N017RW

    Joined:
    May 2, 2014
    Messages:
    6,236
    Likes Received:
    1,606
    Location:
    Palm Beach Co.- FL
    Yes, it will outlast your Phantom too! :)
     
    ovyyus likes this.
  10. Cactus

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2015
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Durango, CO
    How wide is the beam on this antenna? I mean, how far to the sides can you fly before you have to rotate the transmitter towards the P3?
     
  11. Schnerds

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2015
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    1
    Tried my windsurfer out and was about to get 2800 m out before signal was going and I turned around
     
  12. John Locke

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2015
    Messages:
    2,884
    Likes Received:
    1,081
    Location:
    Yorba Linda, CA
    At Doheny beach I went 10,000ft. I turned around due to limited battery but ended up with 28% when I landed. I bought the foil skinned version, but two pc version, one for each antenna. Those pack easy in my backpack. They absolutely ROCK.
     
    BigAl07 likes this.
  13. bobomet

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2014
    Messages:
    382
    Likes Received:
    73
    Location:
    Virginia, USA
    Looks great .... where did you buy it?
     
  14. PilotHarry

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    283
    Likes Received:
    85
    Click on the link in the first post and it takes you to the eBay listing. US shipping so pretty fast
     
  15. nhoover

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2013
    Messages:
    851
    Likes Received:
    182
    Location:
    Los Gatos, California
    The aluminum version looks a little smoother than the 3d printed one I'm using. Looks like that listing on ebay is closed for now though.

    With my current plastic/aluminum tape windsurfer, I had one flight to over 21,000' with 5 bars. That was with pretty much perfect conditions. Landed with 20%, flying at 320'. No other mods. HealthyDrones.com - Innovative flight data analysis that matters
     
    bobmyers likes this.
  16. PilotHarry

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    283
    Likes Received:
    85
  17. PilotHarry

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    283
    Likes Received:
    85
    Thats awesome... Id panic haha! Signals good at the beach?
     
  18. nhoover

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2013
    Messages:
    851
    Likes Received:
    182
    Location:
    Los Gatos, California
    Along that coastline there is basically no interference at all. And it's basically perfect LOS flying in a straight line. There is a marine sanctuary there so you have to avoid flying over the ocean but just along the coast is great.
     
    PilotHarry likes this.
  19. Ted

    Ted

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2015
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    2
    I have a question about these type of boosters. Doesn't this basically send / receive the signals through the ground. It seems like it's aimed down.
     
  20. PilotHarry

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    283
    Likes Received:
    85

    Nono they are vertical. You aim the antenna toward the sky like usual :)
     
    Ted likes this.