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What is a good way to extend my useful range?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by SweatpantsDroner, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. SweatpantsDroner

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    I'm trying to extend my range for my DJI Phantom 3 Pro. I am aware that obstacles and buildings severely limit the range of a drone, however I'm looking to increase Line Of Sight distance. I've heard of other operators getting somewhere around 3-5x the advertised distance... How? The DJI GO App, from my understanding, limits the operator to 500m. Are people using a 3rd party app? If so, which one is the best in your opinion? Thanks for your responses.
     
  2. N017RW

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    The 500m limit you mentioned is Altitude not horizontal distance.

    The best bang-for-the-buck are parabolic reflectors a.k.a. Windsurfers.
    Followed by directional antennas and then Amplifiers.

    However amplifiers in the US require a license for legal operation.
     
  3. Meta4

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    The advertised range for the P3 Pro is:
    Max Transmission Distance:
    Up to 5 km or 3.1 miles (unobstructed, free of interference) when FCC compliant
    Up to 3.5 km or 2.1 miles (unobstructed, free of interference) when CE compliant
    Three times would be a stretch but you won't find many traveling out five times the advertised range.
    The batteries won't get you that far and back
     
  4. SweatpantsDroner

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    Wow, thanks for the fast and concise replies! I will take a look at the Parabolic Reflectors you speak of. @Meta4 You bring up a very valid point about returning to base. I think for now the turn key capabilities are exactly what need, since battery life could potentially be an issue. Thanks again guys.