What range are you getting?

#1

Hi all. What range are we getting? It will go straight up to 300m no problem up cannock chase. Tried it in my moms garden and after about 3/4 of a mile radius wise it came up weak signal. Was a Built up area though.

#2

What drone we talking mate?

#3

Mavic pro.

#4

Probably about right if you’ve lots of local wifi interference mate :+1:

#5

2 miles

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#6

99% of the range is going to depend on where you’re flying. If you’re heading out over nothing but fields you’ll get a decent range (as in, miles) but if like you say @plazmapete007 you’re in a built up area you’ll get a ton of interference.

#7

I’m wondering this myself. In the past, with my previous Mavic Pro(s) and controllers, I had never seen a weal signal message. Normally I stick within the 450m radius and 140m height. However, I did experiment with greater distances and when in Norfolk flew out about a mile or more.

New replacement drone and controller have given me weak signal messages at 200m yesterday, and the controller gave an error message and dropped the video signal. I was surrounded by (leafless) trees at the take off point but flying near/over a golf course.

Today I experimented with extending the range over open fields where I do my testing and also got a warning at 60m high 700m distance when there were trees between me and the drone.

Does this sound unusual? Any settings I should check? Any tests people can suggest?

I should add that this isn’t the sort of thing I want to use the drone for - 400m will normally be more than enough range.

#8

I’m often doing distance over sea and treeless green open space without any issues … especially over water.
But last evening ( Litchi by Night ), from the top of a hill I was getting issues at 500m, but … (a) there were a few leafless tress between me and the drone and (perhaps more significantly) (b) I was over a city with a million wifi ap 60m below me.

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#9

Interference from WiFi is a killer in the safe way as mobile phone towers, as they both use the 2.4ghz band. If you can get away from these you should see a big improvement. My Mavic 2 Pro easily hits the 1 mile mark in rural areas. The only other thing you can do is to double check the antennas on the TX are properly oriented and unobstructed. I have seen tablet computers right over the antennas which will massively affect performance. Remember 2.4 ghz can carry a lot more info than say 72mhz, but has much less penetration power on the same TX output (wattage).