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Bebop onboard antennas and controller mods

Frelanz

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hey everyone!
So I've modded the hell out of my Skycontroller 2, what can I do to the on-board antenna? I know they are seated in the front feet and they are little printed patch style antenna but what are their specs? Does anyone know? And also has anyone added more? Split signal cables or anything? What about an on-board amplifier? Is there any benefit? Or just the controller?

Currently running on the controller:
2 x 4 watt 2.4Ghz amplifiers
3 6db omni directional antenna

Powered by:
3 x 18650 3.7v lithium ion batteries
Running a DC Buck/Boost voltage regulator outputting 12v @ 2.5 amps

I'm already running an externally powered lighting system on the Bobop with some lithium ion batteries so I CAN have extra power if an amp will work.... BUT WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK! HELP ME OUT HERE!
 

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I can get 1 Km out of this setup, probably further but didn't push it on a low battery.... I want to go further!
 

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I went with the Skyshit2 booster mod kit which not only boosts the signal in the skycontroller but a booster is also installed in the drone. Comparing a stock controller with the boosted one flying at the same location almost doubled the distance. The booster kit for the skycontroller all fits inside so it looks clean
 

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Thats pretty impressive! Yeah mine is a bit of an eye sore looks like some military hardware or something lol.... do you have a picture of the skyshit hardware before you installed it? Just curious. Also what are you using to get the clean HUD in your image you showed? I like the clean stats in the screen...
 

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This link describes how you can add the data to the video:


I bought the kit here

 

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Awesome! Thanks for the info! I always see people with those videos, overlaying flight info, now I know how! Lol... thats great. Thank you for all your insight! Has anyone ever used an amplifier like this onboard their bebop?


I never see any like the one you have in the skyshit mod package with those mini sma connectors they are all full size.... I wonder if there are any out there that are not those? Just out of curiosity..
 

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Update: I have added a 2-watt onboard amplifier to the Bebop. That has gotten me a pretty decent amount further. I can almost get 1700 yards now in relatively low interference areas! I am currently using the antenna that came with the amplifier it is a 6dbi omnidirectional whip. I want to upgrade to some onboard patch antennas like the ones that originally came on the Bebop. Does anybody have any suggestions as far as a good patch antenna? Or some onboard antenna that would give good reception obviously without the massive size. Sucks every time you add something to the top or bottom of them if they get wobbly they start whipping around like a pendulum and fall out of the sky LOL... don't mind the giant battery box on top! That is totally ugly but it carries my onboard power for my amplifier and for a set of lights that I have installed on it I have 4 COB LED bars that flash or can be on solid I get about 5 or 6 good flights out of a charged with everything turned on full.... during my last major tear down I also rewired all of the lighting and ran it through the body drill tiny holes in most of the structure to run them out to the arms and through the body out of the way of the sensors..
 

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I found out thru trial and error that like some other drones on the market there is an antenna for control and an antenna for fpv I found this out while flying in an area with large interference where my fpv cutout and my drone was hung about five hundred yards away out of my sight. I kept waiting for it to come back and take him to GPS return home mode but it never did however my controller still had a green light on it. So I had put the amplifier on the on board drone the control side. So it looks like I need a second amplifier on board the Drone as well. I'm guessing then my numbers will bump up to somewhere similar to Solaris and sky$hit mods. Unfortunately while rewiring some stuff yesterday I messed up my onboard amplifier so I'll be out of here for a while while I order a new one
 

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