Long range build - parts selection
I'll try to keep the intro quick. I've been into FPV quads for nearly 2 years now and in that time have tried racing, micros, whoops and now freestyle. One thing I've always been curious on is long range given I live in a country with amazing landscape and scenery that is not heavily populated. It's not something to go into lightly - these rigs can often be more expensive with larger motors, batteries and electronics but the risk of losing them premanently increases exponentially through lost control or video link or mechanical or electrical fault - none of which mean you will lose a freestyle or racing quad given the proximity.
I make no apologies in buying from gearbest, banggood and hobbycool because they deliver internationally. However there are some premium products I want for my long range build that are just not available there. Based on this I've decided to get most of my parts from Amain Hobbies who have been based in California since 2004 with distribution and retail centres. I used to buy RC car parts from them years ago so it is nice to reacquaint myself with them now. They offer all of the premium brands I've been looking for with my longrange build, namely TBS for the radiolink, Video Aerials Systems (VAS) by Alex Greve and Brother Hobby for the motors and Diatone for the frame. Recently a number of their staff were affected by the 2018 wildfires and lost their homes and possessions so it's nice to be able to support the business that supports them.
The objective of this build is to get a range of approximately 3km maximum in clear air although in reality most of my flights will be 1-2km. I don't want to go far for the sake of going far, rather explore interesting places I wouldn't normally access by foot. Also I wanted to maximise flight time but not at the expense of power if needed. This meant the build needed to be as light as practical meanin I could use a typical 5" quad battery if not going to far or spend my weight on a really big battery for longer distances. Based on the above I settled on 7" propellers since there are a number of readily available well regarded options like dalprop, HQ and gemfan but I can still step down to 6" if required. I've also chosen to stick with 5.8GHz but have beefed up my receiving ability sbstantially to compromise. Radio link I went with the TBS crossfire, more details on everything below.
So that about wraps it up for this blog, I'll be back soon with details of the build and of course the review with flight footage. Links will be here as soon as the new article is active. If you found this or any article here useful, please use the like or share button below. All new links to the build will be updated here and on my facebook page: www.facebook.com/QuadifyRC
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