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09-08-2006 05:24 PM  14 years ago
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GreasyMidget

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Radio distance question
How far away can a heli fly before it loses signal from the controler?
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09-08-2006 05:27 PM  14 years ago
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Farther than you can see it.

The less time I have the more I get done.
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09-08-2006 05:32 PM  14 years ago
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Much farther than you can see it.

I have had my 2 meter glider in a thermal till it was but a spec in the sky and I still have full control.
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09-08-2006 05:46 PM  14 years ago
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That´s the question people ALLWAYS ask me first.
I can never answer them though
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09-08-2006 05:55 PM  14 years ago
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So basically i dont have to worry about losing control at long range like with an rc car.
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09-08-2006 05:59 PM  14 years ago
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From what I have heard the range is about 3 miles.

The less time I have the more I get done.
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09-08-2006 06:24 PM  14 years ago
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let me interrupt for a second here....

IF you have a GOOD range check based on your INSTALLED components, you should have anywhere from 1 to 4 miles as published on the magazine 3D flier a few months ago. They tested Futaba, JR, Airtronics and Hitec radios to find out their MAXIMUM range. I do not have the magazine here with me, but 1 to 4 miles rings a bell when I read the article.

If I remember correctly, Airtronics was the low end with just over one mile and JR was the best with right about 4 miles.

Can you see your helicopter at 1 mile away? And still be able to control it?

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09-08-2006 06:41 PM  14 years ago
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I think we can safely say don't worry about it http://www.webstarts.com/micksscalehelicopters
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09-08-2006 08:11 PM  14 years ago
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I just wanted to make sure i wouldnt lose control of it like i have with RC cars. So now i have that out of the way i feel better lol.
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09-09-2006 03:29 AM  14 years ago
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Well i have been told that here R/C clubs need to be at least 10km apart. So u have a 5km signal radius and no 2 clubs can overlap - so 10km minimum.

Not that there is a lot of clubs here or an exceptional amount of flyers - just for safety.

On my mini Futaba RX in the T'Rex it's rated to 300m signal - which is a hell of a lot. If u can see and control a T-Rex at 300m (about 400 yards for u yanks!!) then that's amazing
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09-09-2006 05:53 PM  14 years ago
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How far, how high, how much? The 3 most asked questions by the public at flying fields
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09-09-2006 06:01 PM  14 years ago
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How far, how high, how much? The 3 most asked questions by the public at flying fields
Don't forget "How fast"


The less time I have the more I get done.
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09-10-2006 05:41 AM  14 years ago
Rcer22

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you should have anywhere from 1 to 4 miles
I think the 4 mile thing is kind of a high figure. I remember reading somewhere that the distance was more like about 3500 feet to about a mile.
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09-10-2006 05:15 PM  14 years ago
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Well if that is the correct distance it's still more than enough for anybody.http://www.webstarts.com/micksscalehelicopters
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09-11-2006 01:35 AM  14 years ago
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One 1 mile is 1.6 km. That's a long distance.
3500 feet = 0.66 miles = 1 km = That's enough

Does anyone happen to know how fast the Li-Pos will discharge in a cold temperature like +0-5°C ?


there are no wrong settings.. only different ones..
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09-11-2006 02:47 PM  14 years ago
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UK spec gear reckons about a mile, that's why clubs are recommended to be 2 miles apart
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09-12-2006 12:18 AM  14 years ago
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When you do a range check properly, ie, tx aerial fully collapsed, the range in air with the tx aerial fully extended is about 30 times.
My helis range check to about 400 feet before any signs of problems, so this translates to just over 2 miles - my eyesight ain't that good.
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09-12-2006 12:47 PM  14 years ago
Rcer22

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Anyway you slice it the range on these things is much further then you would want to fly them. Unless your flying with an on board camera and a video screen in front of you it should never get far enough away from you to lose signal. Unless of course you can't control it for some reason.
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09-12-2006 03:11 PM  14 years ago
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Well i do have an onboard remote cam that i was gonna hook up so that was the foundation for the question really. Just dont know how good i can fly with just the video screen, Im guessing it would be like Battlefield 2 and flying the cobra at that point lol.
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09-12-2006 04:00 PM  14 years ago
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Flying "over the horizon" with just visual cues from a camera mounted on an aircraft is extremely difficult. I would not recommend it.

If you insist in doing it, make sure that you take plenty of precautions... Have a back-up pilot with line of sight capabilites, DO NOT fly at the local AMA site, Make sure that you DO NOT overfly people, residences, or private property. make sure that you have permission to do the testing at the location you select.

Those are some of the items that come immediately to mind, I'm sure that I'm forgetting a lot more.

Rafael
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