third flight...

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I just made my third flight & ticked off one of my 'drone ambitions' - flying from my test field to the trig point (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangulation_station) on the Hill / Mountain (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garth_Hill) that overlooks my house. it's about 1.5 km away and 300m up.

I Took off in light winds with gusts up to 10mph & flew a fairly direct and cautious course, steering around the houses between myself and the target, just in case.

I was fully expecting to see some signal break up or a drop off in the signal strengths at 1000m, but there wasn't even a hint of it. After 4 minutes I'd reached the target - I hovered for a bit, then came back.

The FPV feed was a little bit choppy at times but I'm thinking that was down to the Nvidia Shield, as its gone choppy at close range before now. If it froze I simply reverted to the telemetry figures & radar display for orientation.

It's becoming patently clear that I'll bottle out before I reach the range limits of this thing. Now I understand why people are rating it so highly.
 
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