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P3 - what was the longest distance(maximum range) you were able to fly?
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droneking
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I was not able to fly my P3A past 1 km. It kept losing contact with the controller and coming home. I live in a small town with just a few small buildings that are only 2-3 stories tall and spread out and I flew in an open field- so it was not the surroundings that were limiting the range. What was the longest distance(maximum range) you were able to fly your P3?


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Zero feet if you are using the iOS app.
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Check the orientation of your antennas.  Also change the channel selection from Auto to manual and pick channel 20 and the transmission rate at 4mbps.  See it that increases your range.
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gcmini Posted at 2015-5-6 04:29
Zero feet if you are using the iOS app.

This is false : I was able to fly it 15 meters from my living room to the kitchen... with my hand !! LOL
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i too would like to know how to increase range. I have flown 3 or 4 times never being able to surpass 1800 feet out.. much less than advertised. Granted, each flight was at night in a populated area.
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Tahoe_Ed Posted at 2015-5-6 04:43
Check the orientation of your antennas.  Also change the channel selection from Auto to manual and p ...

How do you do this??
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Daninho
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This is pointless because of FCC and CE mode
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it's in the manual
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gcmini Posted at 2015-5-6 04:29
Zero feet if you are using the iOS app.

  So true. And Frustrating.
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I just searched the manual and cannot find anywhere that mentions about "changing the channel from auto to manual and selecting channel 20"??
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john.lambert4@o Posted at 2015-5-6 07:11
I just searched the manual and cannot find anywhere that mentions about "changing the channel from ...

Do you have the Android App?  If so then click on the video icon, says HD, and the image transmission settings will appear.  Select custom, channel 20 and transmission rate at 4mbps.
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Tahoe_Ed Posted at 2015-5-6 11:52
Do you have the Android App?  If so then click on the video icon, says HD, and the image transmiss ...

Ah yes, now that I have the LATEST version installed I can see these settings.  

Thanks again Tahoe_Ed - much appreciated.
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Stupid thread, DO NOT push the range/altitude limit of your drone, you WILL lose it.
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Tahoe_Ed Posted at 2015-5-6 11:52
Do you have the Android App?  If so then click on the video icon, says HD, and the image transmiss ...

This did not help the range at all. In fact, it appeared like the range reduced.
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You might check out these videos:



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droneking Posted at 2015-5-6 19:20
This did not help the range at all. In fact, it appeared like the range reduced.

Do you have a Pro or an Advanced?
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Tahoe_Ed Posted at 2015-5-7 00:40
Do you have a Pro or an Advanced?

Advanced - does it matter?
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droneking Posted at 2015-5-7 01:46
Advanced - does it matter?

It should not but I was curious.
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Tahoe_Ed Posted at 2015-5-7 03:09
It should not but I was curious.

Should I get it replaced?
and, I am in the USA(not Europe) - so I should get maximum range.
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droneking Posted at 2015-5-7 03:50
Should I get it replaced?
and, I am in the USA(not Europe) - so I should get maximum range.

We are getting over 3K in a clear environment.  Can you take a screen shot of your Channel screen?  I have taken my Advanced out over 500m without issues.  I did not press it for max distance.  I had to send it back in for a production unit.  It will be a week or so until I get a replacement Advanced.  Right now I am flying a Pro.  I did not want there to be any confusion once I get my Advanced.  
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tchavalas@panos Posted at 2015-5-6 22:24
You might check out these videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwJKC9ldfJs

I wouldnt believe anything from helipal
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I got over 6k feet tonight on my first day flying the P3P if the picture below doesnt work click this link to view it https://onedrive.live.com/redir? ... ;ithint=photo%2cPNG


I have a Youtube video coming up that is uploading now to see it, I was in a neighborhood.
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Tahoe_Ed Posted at 2015-5-6 04:43
Check the orientation of your antennas.  Also change the channel selection from Auto to manual and p ...

Tahoe_Ed I know this is a phantom 3 topic but will this setting be the same for the inspire also and will the app hold this setting from my phantom 3 to my inspire 1
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rmh2003@gmail.c Posted at 2015-5-7 21:22
I got over 6k feet tonight on my first day flying the P3P if the picture below doesnt work click thi ...

wow, that is great!
I notice that I am seeing more and more photos where the horizon is higher on the right.
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Here is the youtube video

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tk2004hm@netzer Posted at 2015-5-7 21:35
Tahoe_Ed I know this is a phantom 3 topic but will this setting be the same for the inspire also a ...

The Inspire and P3 now share the same App.  But the settings do not travel between one craft and the other.  They are set independently.
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Tahoe_Ed Posted at 2015-5-7 22:24
The Inspire and P3 now share the same App.  But the settings do not travel between one craft and th ...

So will this setting work if I set it the same for both the P3 and the Inspire one when I am flying the inspire if I set it to this, and do the same setting when I fly the P3 ?
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tk2004hm@netzer Posted at 2015-5-8 00:09
So will this setting work if I set it the same for both the P3 and the Inspire one when I am flyin ...

You would have to set each independently.  
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rmh2003@gmail.c Posted at 2015-5-7 22:04
Here is the youtube video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EYS0X39UPM&feature=youtu.be

Again, I have a question about trees here. It looks, from the launch point, before the Phantom moves over to the next subdvision, that the trees would form quite a subtantial screen between the operator and the bird, given the angle.
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Daninho Posted at 2015-5-7 21:19
I wouldnt believe anything from helipal

I contacted Helipal about the 5 km distance they were claiming and this was their response:  "signal affected by many factors. I think there is less radio interference over there and the water surface may reflect the radio signal to get longer range" So this is what they have claimed.
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rmh2003@gmail.c Posted at 2015-5-7 22:04
Here is the youtube video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EYS0X39UPM&feature=youtu.be

6000feet is only 1800m, the specs say 2000m in FCC mode. I would say its normal, there are videos claiming to master 4000m with the inspire for example. So i would have expected that but 500m is a bit disappointing
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Would you guys mind commenting on how you have your settings configured for these longer distances.  Like frame rate and channel
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i also just noticed that from 500 m (clear environment) the video signal is almost lost (europe) ....

Is there any solution to increase the range in europe ??

Will the inspire really reach 2000m in europe ?

Thanks !
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My friend who also has one, hit 7500 ft this morning.  Still had a good signal, but it RTH because of battery.
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arthurbuquen@gm Posted at 2015-5-8 22:43
i also just noticed that from 500 m (clear environment) the video signal is almost lost (europe) ... ...

If that is really true i would feel tricked. Thats way under the claimed specs and my old analog system reached further than that and was more stable because of no APP which can alsways crash or freeze. Its the same range 3DR claims for their Solo copter, this is definately strange. In that poll above you have the majority of ppl reaching only 500m. I dont know, maybe those votes are manipulated but if thats true its a major flaw in the system, we are speaking about Vision+ range here. This would be not the real lightbridge as seen as a stand alone product for Naza copters or in the inspire.
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tchavalas@panos Posted at 2015-5-6 22:24
You might check out these videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwJKC9ldfJs

The first video doesn't appear to be a Phantom 3, since there is movement within the video and there is a sound recording.....I contacted Helipal about their claim of getting over 5 KM and they said it may have to do with flying over water?
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solsystem7@gmai Posted at 2015-5-9 01:52
The first video doesn't appear to be a Phantom 3, since there is movement within the video and the ...

Helipal cant be trusted at all with their video claims. They claim the P2 Vision+ V3 can load 800g more which is not true.

But i found an interesting video from a P3 in germany in CE mode reaching over 3km ?

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I am not happy with the range. Over 50% of the people including me are getting less than half of the advertised range. I tried flying under ideal conditions.
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droneking Posted at 2015-5-9 03:52
I am not happy with the range. Over 50% of the people including me are getting less than half of the ...

Did you try looking at the channel scan to see how much traffic there is on the spectrum?  Did you try switching the channel to a lower frequency?

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Just hit 13,500 ft. Thats 2.5 miles.  
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