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My P2 FPV Rig - long range

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Discussion' started by evonbart2, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. evonbart2

    Jun 20, 2014
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    Ok, here is a setup I put together through trial and error. It has great range now, but I have yet to send it out to its limit. So far 1500 ft away without even a glitch.

    For FPV monitors - go with the LIPO & Receiver built in. Cut down on setup and messy wiring. You have AV outputs to record to DVR and AV input for outside sources. If your battery runs low, you can just plug in a LIPO or something like an Anker rechargeable battery like I have.
    It's out of stock here, but you may find one on ebay.
    Alternative 7" diversity monitor (Black Pearl)

    Transmitter - I started with the AVL58 TX and this ImmersionRC blows it's doors off. So frustrating having my FPV quit out after 1000 to 1500ft and flying blind with the AVL58, I switched to this and even with the Boscam monitor/receiver above it works great.
    http://www.getfpv.com/5-8ghz-600mw-vide ... l?___SID=U

    IOSD Mini - this is for all your on screen telelmetry.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/control ... &A=details

    TX Antennas - These are also very cool looking and work very well connected to the TX.
    http://www.getfpv.com/5-8-ghz-spironet- ... t-sma.html

    RX Atennas - with the Boscam monitor, you have 2 antenna ports, definitely want to upgrade from the stock ants. I bought this.
    http://www.readymaderc.com/store/index. ... ts_id=1291

    Here is a simple uide for SMA connectors.
    http://phantomlogs.blogspot.com/2014/07 ... ctors.html

    I also got this to add when I want extra long range. One end fits into your Boscam monitor and the other attaches to an RP-SMA Antenna (You can turn it SMA with a converter.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0085X ... 7D6UA37ASD

    I tried to find all USA Dealers here, but you all can find your own - closest to where you are.

    Install walkthroughs - I have followed these and this does work very well.
    This guy is awesome on how to set up rigs like this. Yes there is a bit of soldering, but it was well worth it to get nearly flawless FPV at long range.
    #1: http://youtu.be/vba9GkSDaxc - watch this first
    #2: http://youtu.be/TL8pqtEDuos - FPV + Gimbal install
    #3: http://youtu.be/UiGost7BJCU - Ant Interference board install.
  2. sanderx

    Jun 19, 2014
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    Go with the 5.8 helical antenna for long range (from readymaderc). Superb range.
  3. tom3holer

    Mar 20, 2014
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    Cape Cod, Ma.
    I agree the Immersion and the Black Pearl make a great combo. The Immersion actually puts out around 750mw on the default ch. The 5.8 helical by IB Crazy is also an excellent choice.

  4. hjscm

    Dec 14, 2013
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    Bay Area CA
    hard to get any long range out of 5.8. if you want long range better off with 1.3 and then use a windsurfer mod for your Tx. i have a P2 that has gone out 4.1 miles and just barely made it back on battery with this setup. the windsurfer mod was the difference before it i was only able to get out about 1.4 miles before fail safe. easy to make and cheap.