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Don't buy the Spark if you want range over 300M
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RonMargan
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Carppy range! I knew i wan't gonna get 2KM with it, but atlist half of it in an oppen area!
i get max 300M and after 200M i can't see video.
i paid more for the remote so i will get normal range, but no!
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Jvenaas
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300M is normal range outside US on 5.8Ghz, try 2.4Ghz
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RonMargan
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Jvenaas Posted at 2017-8-26 23:54
300M is normal range outside US on 5.8Ghz, try 2.4Ghz

we don't have 5.8GHZ in Israel.
and i used OTG cable. without it i get maby 200M
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RonMargan Posted at 2017-8-26 23:59
we don't have 5.8GHZ in Israel.
and i used OTG cable. without it i get maby 200M

Thats strange, i got 1700m with wifi 2.4Ghz in Norway and still didn't lose signal
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RonMargan Posted at 2017-8-26 23:59
we don't have 5.8GHZ in Israel.
and i used OTG cable. without it i get maby 200M

Are you sure youre not on 5.8ghz? Spark switches to 5.8ghz on startup everytime by default.
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S-e-ven
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Jvenaas Posted at 2017-8-26 23:54
300M is normal range outside US on 5.8Ghz, try 2.4Ghz

If it was that easy:
I am flighing the spark in Thailand, right now, which was, last time I checked, still outside the US, but hit 2500m on 5.8, the other day

But to O.P.:
Isnt the max range in Israel 50m high and 250m distance?
Dont forget, Spark is using GPS
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RonMargan
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S-e-ven Posted at 2017-8-27 00:08
If it was that easy:
I am flighing the spark in Thailand, right now, which was, last time I checked, still outside the US, but hit 2500m on 5.8, the other day

only in urban area i think.
anyway, it's not caus of that, it's because of the crappy RC and Spark antenna
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RonMargan Posted at 2017-8-27 00:20
only in urban area i think.
anyway, it's not caus of that, it's because of the crappy RC and Spark antenna

Till now, I am using the same crappy RC and Antenna
Ok, I think it is important to have a high ground position with the RC, to get to th ~2km
But 500-800m needs in my experience "only" a otg-connected phone
Is there any interference possible?
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RonMargan
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S-e-ven Posted at 2017-8-27 02:01
Till now, I am using the same crappy RC and Antenna
Ok, I think it is important to have a high ground position with the RC, to get to th ~2km
But 500-800m needs in my experience "only" a otg-connected phone

well mine works like crap.
inside the city i get 100-150M !?
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Kyokushin
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Spark range in CE is just a joke. Bebop 2 is better option.
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RonMargan Posted at 2017-8-27 02:40
well mine works like crap.
inside the city i get 100-150M !?

you have just over 10km to the sea
And a nice 1.x km long stretch of a beach there.
How about you change location a bit, and try it somewhere else again?
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Kyokushin Posted at 2017-8-27 02:41
Spark range in CE is just a joke. Bebop 2 is better option.

Haha,you bet...i am in Vietnam,we have no regulation for FCC/CE.However,since DJI does not know which one,and to avoid the legal matter,they apply CE for Vietnam. Now I am thinking how to convince them to change FCC for vn
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RonMargan
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buy i have FCC and still carppy range
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I read somewhere. The rc signal strength emitted, to be CE or FCC is depending on your location. The algorithm of DJI Go 4 will check various operating condition such as your geolocation, your local operator etc. to determine whether CE or FCC should be applied. So far as I know, FCC is limited to US, everywhere else is CE.
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And it does not look at your printed label.
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fansa7dc5944
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Anyway I do AGREE with your thread title. DO NOT BUY SPARK IF YOU WANT RANGE OVER 300 m. Even if you can successfully make it can fly 1.x km. but it is not safe to do so due to its small size, small battery and it using wifi as communication media. It is good to fly around for fun. Get Mavic, Phantom 4 pro, Inspire 2 for long range flying.
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lafoto
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I don´t get it...If i buy a FERRARI i can only drive in Portugal max speed 120km/h...
But FERRARI don't limite their cars.
I can drive if i whant at 300km/h... If I'm caught by the police, it's my problem.

Same think with DJI...

2km range should be universal...
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lafoto Posted at 2017-8-27 03:37
I don´t get it...If i buy a FERRARI i can only drive in Portugal max speed 120km/h...
But FERRARI don't limite their cars.
I can drive if i whant at 300km/h... If I'm caught by the police, it's my problem.

There is one little difference.
There are no rules on how fast a car 'can' go. Just on how far you 'may' go.
In CE area there are rules about how far you can broadcast WIFI signal.
Too bad indeed.
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The emitting power limits the range. Higher power further it goes. Both CE and FCC limit the emitting power but with different value and that makes Spark range different.
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fansa7dc5944 Posted at 2017-8-27 06:10
The emitting power limits the range. Higher power further it goes. Both CE and FCC limit the emitting power but with different value and that makes Spark range different.

Unfortunately (for us CE'ers).
Although there will probably be a reason for that (more interference or something)
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Have a look at your channel selection page in DJI GO4 and choose one that is not crowded.

Also turn off wif-fi and bluetooth on any devices e.g phone, watches, headphone etc
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RonMargan
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lannes Posted at 2017-8-27 07:04
Have a look at your channel selection page in DJI GO4 and choose one that is not crowded.

Also turn off wif-fi and bluetooth on any devices e.g phone, watches, headphone etc

hi
when i use the RC, i don't thave the channels displayed. so i can't choose.
only iPhone - >Spark
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Anyway, due to all that issues like ACs that fly away and never come back, or ACs that suddenly stop engines and fall down like rocks, I don't really feel confortable at all thinking about sending mine farther than 30 or 40 meters from me...
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RonMargan Posted at 2017-8-27 07:31
hi
when i use the RC, i don't thave the channels displayed. so i can't choose.
only iPhone - >Spark

i use WiFiAnalyzer  app to ck
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Phuong Do Posted at 2017-8-27 02:50
Haha,you bet...i am in Vietnam,we have no regulation for FCC/CE.However,since DJI does not know which one,and to avoid the legal matter,they apply CE for Vietnam. Now I am thinking how to convince them to change FCC for vn


They cropped dBm output to 16dBm in poland in my P3P, but we have allowed 20dBm.
They don't give a ... i wrote to them few times.
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in italy Some areas arrive at 180-250mt others at 1km in ce mode ..

You have to find the right place ..
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PascalG
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Something  wrong  there, I've routinely gotten up to 4000' (1300 meters)

Make sure your antennas are pointed in the right direction and that there are absolutely nothing between the antennas and the drone, incl bodies.
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not busting your chops but wifi dude LOS line of sight look here https://forum.dji.com/thread-110628-1-1.html

try it in an open area high up

cant please everyone hey dji
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@PascalG you are in US. It is FCC
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RonMargan Posted at 2017-8-27 00:20
only in urban area i think.
anyway, it's not caus of that, it's because of the crappy RC and Spark antenna

assuming a few things here: phone/tablet is in airplane mode to disable wifi/BT/cell signals and using OTG.  and that you are in an area potentially a lot of signal build up..

try this:  boot spark and controller up like normal and connect phone/tablet via OTG, with wifi/bt/cell disabled.. then press and hold the button the the battery of the spark until you hear a beep, let go then on controller press and hold Pause + FN + C1 and it start beeping hold it for about 3 seconds into the beeping then let go. its hunting and calibrating signal it should reconnect after about 30 seconds or less and stop beeping at you.     pick the spark up and make sure lag free in the video or lag is very minimal and no sudden choppiness or blockiness.  if there is lag or compression issue then redo the relinking process again i just described but hold the spark up higher to catch more stray signals...if no lag or compression issues, try flying!


sidenote: all units are globablyl idntical parts, this is most cost effective and makes most sense for a travel item such as spark.  they regulate lock downs with geo fenced software.. certain areas demand that the output is lower, or certain abnds cannot be used, the spark will then reduce its self ...  only real way around it is to mod the dji go 4 app so its locked to FCC mode, or spoof your location on your phone (much easier on andriod).. the only thing i can provide you with is relinking, it may unlock FCC mode, likely it just find a clear signal to use..

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TMUSVI Posted at 2017-8-27 15:09
not busting your chops but wifi dude LOS line of sight look here https://forum.dji.com/thread-110628-1-1.html

try it in an open area high up

just got it from Amazon. Didn't see much improvment..
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Managed to get 1.2k meters out of spark yesterday here in the UK. It was from a high elevation on a clear day with clear line of sight. I'm not always getting this range though sometimes no more than 30-50meters. Depends on location and weather  guessing. No otg used since my tablet spazzs out when I plug it in so I'm not using it till or if it's fully supported.
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Lucky you... can barely get 50-60 meters with this piece of scrap...
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Hi, i have my Spark for 2 days. After 232 Meters i couldn't see the video on screen... i would like to fly about  500 Meters... :-(
Is there still a update coming?
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Vinni Posted at 2017-8-30 02:19
Hi, i have my Spark for 2 days. After 232 Meters i couldn't see the video on screen... i would like to fly about  500 Meters... :-(
Is there still a update coming?

its in Italy
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In Belgium, I flight easily 400m+. I don't like to loose sight of the drone while it flights so I don't go further than the direct LOS.
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