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DIssapointing Range

Discussion in 'Inspire 1 Help' started by Mixchief, Mar 20, 2017 at 2:14 AM.

  1. Mixchief

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    You know you see so many videos on YouTube amongst others, where pilots claim Miles of range and display the videos to prove it stating that it was an Inspire 1 with bone stock transmitter antenna and aircraft. Unfortunatelly I only have weekends and not all weekends free to fly, so finally I got to try some (somewhat) long range flying. My back yard is the Indian River in North Miami, which in this point is a very wide, maybe a mile or more, bay that is part of the intercoastal waterway. It's wide open with absolutelly no obstructions and at my back is the building where I live, wich I think might be helpful to block stray RF from the city (wishful thinking though I don't know how sound that theory is) To my chagrin at 100 ft altitude 1500 ft distance my video started to get erratic and suddenly totally dissapeared leaving me with green screen that intermittently allowed video to cut through. I stopped and hovered and signal was re established so I pressed on with constant freezing of the image until at about 2000 not only did the video signal cut out but together with the prompt of a weak signal the camera popped out of record I immediately proceeded to fly back and fortunatelly was able to bring the bird back home.

    OK guys, what am I doing wrong? is this craft only capable of the same distance the Yuneec Q500 4K can? granted with the 4K I only lost video, RC was perfect and responded immeditely and camera never shut down. So in the long run it gave me better performance in that respect. Frankly I'm not sure I can trust the Inspire at this point to give me reliable range not to mention some additional video issues I've experienced since day one.

    Antennas were parallel and angled to the detente with my holding the RC slightly angled upward, no In the panic and disappointment I didnt open the menu to see RF strength, which might have been the thing to do to change channels etc, but nontheless........

    Can someone honestly tell me what range I can ACTUALLY expect from the Inspire 1 Pro with the X5 installed?

    This is a brand new unit, so I assume if there is something wrong with the craft and/or RC I can have them checked by DJI, but in the meantime I will be very tentative with this bird.

    BTW, how do I retreive telemetry and transmitted video feed? Does that
    Can you DJI reps give me some insight please? I really love everything about this bird, but so many little things are adding up to a very big one and totally ruining the Drone experience for me.
     
  2. fofun

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    Your range will greatly improve just by using the slip on parabola's that you can get on eBay for around $17. I have been using them for about 4 years before they even became popular. They really do improve your range. I also like to tinker with the radios myself, and I have changed the antennas to higher dbi ones, and they work good too. You can watch some good videos on You Tube to see how it's done.

    I have changed the antennas on 2 of my radios and have gotten over 2 miles out with plenty more signal left.
     
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  3. Mixchief

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    Does this mean that the bone stock range is a bit "weak" considering the claims, and again I reiterate not by DJI but by many others that post regularly in social media sites.

    Any parabolic you recommend? I'm I right in understanding that the parabolic adaptors are more directional than the antennas by themselves?
     
  4. fofun

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    The stock radio on most models only gets you out about 1000 meters. A lot depends on the area you are flying also like are there power lines, buildings or trees blocking the signal. These all restrict your range. You can go to Best Buy or eBay to get the range extenders also known as parabola's. Yes. The range extenders are directional because once you slip them on, they block the signal behind them which means you have to point the radio antenna in the direction of the aircraft you are flying at all times or you will have loss of signal. It's really not hard to get used to. I have used them for years with great success. All they really are is a foil ,brass or tin that reflects the signal towards your aircraft. I found that the brass colored ones work best.
     
  5. lake_flyer

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    The I1's Lightbridge should be able to transmit/receive the video for at least 6000feet. Even with a 100$ 5.8Ghz FPV setup on my Phantom2 I have got that range without much dropouts (way back when I was still flying irresponsibly:rolleyes:).
    There must be interference of some kind. Next time indeed check the best frequency while hovering at a different distances and heights.
    I'm never recommending to fly beyond LOS though.