Connecting Spare Controller to P4A

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I have been having some connection issues with my Phantom 4 advanced recently. It has started losing connection with the controller after about 500 - 800m. Previously, I have flown it in the same places with no loss of signal up to 3km. I've Googled this issue, and found that my Go 4 app won't let me alter the frequency of the signal (even after setting the region to USA).

I lost my first P4A in the Atlantic Ocean and still have the controller, which charged up fully after sitting idle for 18 months - despite some online reports that this will deaden the battery.

Can I use that with the new P4A, to see if that helps the signal, and if so, do I need to do anything to pair the new drone with the old controller?

Thanks for any suggestions.
 

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Can I use that with the new P4A, to see if that helps the signal, and if so, do I need to do anything to pair the new drone with the old controller?
Yes .. go to the manual and do a word search for "link".
That will tell you how .. it only takes a minute to do.
 
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Are you losing control, or video feed?

Thanks for asking, my delay is due to the time difference. I'm losing video feed, then I get a message saying 'aircraft disconnected'. I then get asked if I want to return to home immediately, which I always do with no problems.

I live on an Island, just off the coast of Kerry, Ireland. I find that if I fly north, towards the Atlantic Ocean (800m from my back door) I always lose connection within 500m. But, this current issue is with flying in directions that have previously allowed me to go 3km or more.
 
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Have you tried using a windsurfer antenna reflector?
They are very good for maintaining signal over distances and cost peanuts.

Yes, I have one. I have seen some difference when using it, but not huge. But, the problem I had when I made the OP seemed more serious, as it was about regular disconnection within a few hundred metres from the home point.
 
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Yes, I have one. I have seen some difference when using it, but not huge. But, the problem I had when I made the OP seemed more serious, as it was about regular disconnection within a few hundred metres from the home point.
Interference perhaps. After not flying my P4 for a year or so I bought a gl658c controller and paired to it. The first couple of flights (same area as always, my property /pasture) I was losing video signal and black and green flashes on the display. When I selected 'manual' mode and then selected a seemingly clean channel the video was perfect. Again that's flying in the same area that I've always flown.
Food for thought.
 
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