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Feb 10, 2010, 12:24 AM
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Increase RC range

How do I increase an RC planes range to lets say 5 miles?? xD
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Feb 10, 2010, 12:40 AM
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Search in this forum on keywords "long range"

Feb 11, 2010, 03:57 AM
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If you are on 2.4Ghz RC, first thing you must do is to switch.
Feb 11, 2010, 04:10 AM
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I will say one thing...

Feb 11, 2010, 07:53 AM
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i've heard extending (doubling 2x) the antenna wire on 72mhz rx's will give extra range..
Feb 11, 2010, 07:59 AM
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5 miles...

well you need a UHF signal TX/RX so Thomas, DragonLink, or EZUHF
Now you need a very good setup for Video signal, so two very high gain antenna(15+dBi) plus an omni antenna for launch(2-3Dbi) Diversity setup for all three antennas plus antenna tracker for the high gain. Then you need a low-noise area to fly in to minimize interference.

If all that works out right and your video camera is not noisy you can do this.

Probably around $1000-$2000 in equipment when it's all said and done.

Good luck.
Feb 11, 2010, 08:24 AM
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We have localy a record of 10km, using 35MHz gear.
Transmitter used was a Futaba T9C with an extended 8m antenna, receiver R149DP PCM with normal antenna.
Feb 11, 2010, 12:09 PM
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10 KM, EASY !!!

A long range UHF system is the only way to get RELIABLE RC control at long distances. There may be a couple isolated cases of 35 MHZ going far, but it is under ideal and special conditions, and the rare exception. Trying to fly more than 3 KM with a standard RC system is a very good way to crash or loose your plane. Average RC range is 3 KM or 1.5 miles for normal RC systems, and even less for 2.4 GHZ RC systems.

Feb 11, 2010, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by JettPilot
...Average RC range is 3 KM or 1.5 miles for normal RC systems, and even less for 2.4 GHZ RC systems.
Like more than 4km for the newest 2.4Ghz systems.
Feb 11, 2010, 03:57 PM
Bigger battery.
Feb 11, 2010, 04:01 PM
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Or use a chase car
Feb 11, 2010, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by RENATOA
Like more than 4km for the newest 2.4Ghz systems.
Wich one?.


Feb 11, 2010, 05:36 PM
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I still wouldn't recommend it
Feb 12, 2010, 02:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Patrick R
Wich one?.


Have a look on the 2.4GHz range testing thread of Mel Duval.
He already tested a lot of radios featuring over 2.5 miles in air.

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