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Old Jun 29, 2007, 01:45 AM
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:Full range"...what does this mean?

What does "full range" mean wjen it comes to the distance R/C systems can broadacst to? Thanks.
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Old Jun 29, 2007, 02:32 AM
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I don't know what it is in feet or metres, but I expect a "full range" radio set to be able to maintain control of my aicraft further away than I can see it That's probably a mile or so.

On the other hand, I would expect a "park flyer" radio set to perhaps lose contact around 500 feet away, or even closer with some sets that come packaged with RTF models.
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Old Jun 29, 2007, 05:38 AM
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" From Newbie Wayne" I agree with Abenn on range details . It would be good if all
suppliers were to state reliable control of aircraft in distance Feet/Meters .
Also basic specifications of the receiver and transmitter listed would give tech buffs a rough idea of radio range .
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Old Jun 29, 2007, 09:48 AM
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On the other hand, I would expect a "park flyer" radio set to perhaps lose contact around 500 feet away, or even closer with some sets that come packaged with RTF models.
Full range is a very subjective thing. Most standard off the shelf radios by the major manufacturers have more range than you will ever need. You can only see a plane or heli so far. On the other hand some radios designated as "Park Flyers" like the Spektrum DX6 have very good range. We fly them in medium sized models with no problem.
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Old Jun 29, 2007, 10:51 AM
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Thanks. I had once heard many years ago that some good radios can go a mile, but wanted to confirm what "full range" actually meant.
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Old Jun 29, 2007, 11:32 AM
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I believe that my HiTech radio had the range listed in feet and meters on the box and in the manual. I'll have to check again.
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Old Jun 29, 2007, 12:48 PM
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I think the Spektrum DX6 (parkflyer radio) has a 3,000 foot range or something like that.

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Old Jun 29, 2007, 05:51 PM
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Full range means whatever the seller wants it to. It should mean flyable to a point down range that the plane is no longer visible for orientation purposes.

Also full range is lesser or greater depending on the natural/ man made environment.
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Old Jun 29, 2007, 06:00 PM
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In a way.. every radio is "full range"

The full range of a Cox/Estes Sky Ranger model is about 200 feet.
The full range of a Park Zone 27 mhz FM system is about 700 ft.

"Full Range" means the radio works... until it quits.
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Old Jun 30, 2007, 07:13 AM
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Like the later comments, full range is not very specific. It would be impossible to reliably say what range any system has in actual distance as it depends on many things. Assuming the transmitter output is at leagle limits (most are close to that) the range is determined by the quality of the receiver. There is a temendouse difference there between brands as well as between models of the receiver. Also, installation of the receiver, antenna and associated wireing is very pertinent. Realize the the antenna is only half of the receivers input, the ground plane which consists of most of the other wiriing in the plane is equally necessary as is orientation of the antenna itself. If it is modified in length-either shortened or lengthened--it will change the sensitivity and noise rejection properties of the receiver which usually reduces range. How the transmitter is held, how high off the ground, orientation of the transmitting antenna all effect effective range. Bottom line, most (other than some park fliers) will exceed a mile in range for planes in the air, ground range will be less that airborne range.
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