The crazybee F3 and F4 series of all in one boards that are the heart of the mobula7, m7hd, eachine trashcan, snapper7, ur65, uk/us65 and even beta75pro2 are an amazing piece of technology that incorporates a flight controller, 4xBL_HeliS ESCs and a receiver. Cramming all of this on one board does mean some compromises though and the biggest one for me is the poor receiver range. This brief article will show how to get a minor improvement with zero investment. Note: this mod is relevant for all the models listed above.
This is the third article in my series of HappyModel Mobula7 upgrades, many of which can be used for the Trashcan too. Also to come are:
The mobula7 (and other models listed in the intro) uses an onboard receiver - either frsky, flysky or dsm protocols all of which run on the 2.4GHz wavelength. The have a small antenna soldered to a through hole that is tucked safely underneath the main board and above the battery tray. This is is the most durable solution but not the best option for maximising control signal.
Optimising the range
The easiest way to improve the reception of the control signal without changing anything else is to move the antenna into a better location. This is to receive an unimpeded control signal as clearly as as possible which for me meant pointing the antenna up to clear of the rest of the quad as possible. Obviously the antenna pointing down is not ideal for this so feel free to follow the 5 minute guide below on how to solve this.
Has it improved?
Yes is has, but only a little. I often fly from my backyard and loop a tree about 50m away from where I stand. I'd always get telemetry lost warnings when I rounded it every time but now only about 20-30% of the time. A minor improvement but given the poor range I'll take what I can get.
Recommendations for further improvement
The next easiest improvement would be to use a piece of insulated wire that is 62.46mm long - 1/2 a wavelength. This is now to much to increase the wavelength as it is to lengthen the active element so that some of it can clear the body of the quadcopter. Credit to KababFPV for this recommendation here. Note if you want to do this I'd recommend using some wire you have lying but if you have none it is available in all gauges cheaply here (I recommend 26AWG for this application)
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