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Discussion in 'Q500+ Discussion' started by Jafo, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. Jafo

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    Brand new 7500mah battery.. First time ever used.
    Two weeks on the Quad antenna mods...
    Oh well....
    I've been wanting a 4k any how.
    Lost video and by the time the box reported it.. it was ll over.
    This is raw footage from the transmitter.

     
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    I feel your pain!
     
  3. Steve Carr

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    That's a long hike to find a copter. Once you passed the first ridge your fate was sealed.
     
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    I had a look at Google maps and it is a serious hike.
    I've actually flown to the top before with no problems.
    I just got to close to the mountain and signal started fading on me.
    It took me a few seconds to realize video was frozen and I stopped. A second later i got the warning.About 5 seconds later it reconnected and what I saw is in the box is what is at the end of the video.
    I was probably into the side of the mountain before I even got the warning.
    Sad things is... the Quad has shut the motors down from the impact but everything was still on and working when i left.
    I'm contemplating making the hike but the Big Horn sheep don;t even go there.
    I'm also already looking into the 4k and the H too.
    My wife laughed at me and said I just wanted a new toy. Maybe she's right..... lol
    :)
     
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    The video lag at that distance can be deceiving. Altitude is your friend.
     
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    At these frequences, line of sight is probably more important than distance. HA, as Steve just said.
     
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  7. Jafo

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    My new 4k is on the way...
    Yeah... :)
     
  8. Gogittum

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    If you're anything like me you won't be able to stand it, even with the new 4K in hand. You'll be up there scuffing around.....or maybe do a search for it with the 4K ??

    I see you got it out over 4,000 ft with no connection problems. How ?? Even with the ST101 on my transmitter it starts cutting out at ~1,400 ft. with clear line of sight.

    Then again.....last Thurs I lost GPS and video on low battery warning at about 900 ft out and my Q500+ vanished. (couldn't see it against a hillside) GPS location in telemetry was different from final video by about 150 yards. Searched extensively and intensively and never did find it.

    Yesterday I got a call from police - lady had turned in a drone that had landed in her yard and had my name and phone # on a plastic label. Her home is a good ½ mile - or more - NW of last shown GPS and it flew that after saying bye-bye with low battery. It came within 20 ft of landing on a busy road.

    Good Luck......I hope you find it. That's very rugged country you're in. What area, if I may ask ??
     
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  9. Jafo

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    I have actually made that flight all the way to the top with no problems before. This flight I was closer to the mountain and I think one of the hills got in the way and blocked my video feed. It would drop out for very brief seconds. I would stop and climb and video would reestablish and I carried on.Guess I lost video one to many times. Really, I only lost video the one time for any length of time. Maybe ten seconds total.That's all it took for where I was.
    You can bet I fully intend to hunt for it with the 4k.
    I also recrunched some Telemetry numbers and found the drone is about 200 feet higher than I thought and about 100 feet from the top. It's right at 1200' to the top.
    I get the range from the mods I did.
    I did the ITElite transmitter mod a few months ago and I did the quad mods just a couple of weeks ago.
    I can get out about 4800' reliably. LOS of course.
    It's an expensive learning curve in this game we play. lol
    Happy flying,
    Jafo
    Added: Southern Ca. near Palm Springs
     
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    Expensive but ohhh so much fun!
     
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    Fun.... but addictive. You start with one, then it just continues. I am up to 4. I gave one to my son. Spread the addiction....
     
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    My second one just fell out of the sky
     

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  13. Jafo

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    Sorry to hear that.
    What happened ?
     
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    I have no idea ,, I won't let me upload the telemetry data for people to look at ... I can't work out how to get fpv view to actually play , it's under warranty but I'm in Australia ...please help
     

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    Missed that last line. I had a refrigeration/ac business in Palm Springs from '84 - '89 and was Chief Engineer at the Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage from '96 - '06. Covered a lot of ground and did lots of hiking. One of my hobbies is story telling with pictures. I may still have some hidden away on confuser: Painted Canyon, Bat Cave Buttes, Toro Peak, etc., many etcs.
     
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  16. Jafo

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    That's great. I did work for the forestry department back in the 80's. Spent many a night on Toro peak and Black Mountain. I still do a fare amount of hiking in the hills and deserts.
    I've done some electrical work at the Ritz when they we're remodeling a few years ago and many of the homes in La Mirada.
    I have my new 4k and did the drone mod.I still need to do the camera mod as my distance is only about 700' on video. Soon, I hope to make the hill climb again and maybe catch some video of crashed Q up on near the top.
    If you make it back into the area, drop me a line.