FCC vs CE range.

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  1. MavicKhan

    MavicKhan Well-Known Member

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    The US FCC compliant range for the Mavis is 4.3 miles.

    The EC one is 2.5 miles.

    A while ago, when I was considering buying a Phantom, I remember there was a simple way to revert a unit bought in the EC back to the FCC range (a recessed button in the controller?).

    Do any of you happen to know if this will still be possible in a Mavic sourced from a EC country?

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  2. Mad_Angler1

    Mad_Angler1 Well-Known Member

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    No it's set via GPS location, there is only one version of the craft, the output can not be changed, depending on where the craft is it sets the output based on that

    So bring your craft to US and it's in FCC, take that same craft to U.K. and it will set its self to CE.

    This is not changeable.
     
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    MavicKhan Well-Known Member

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    Thanks.

    Major, major bummer....:(

    MK
     
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    Another way of looking at it is that the change is easy, all it takes is a plane ticket.
     
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    How does this translate in real world performance? Is the range limited by actual distance between the controller and the drone? Or, does the controller have reduced output in CE mode?

    Or to put it another way... let's say in FCC mode you can only get a range of 2 miles because of the conditions are not ideal. Will you still get 2 miles in CE mode under the same conditions or will the controller have reduced performance in CE mode causing maybe a 1 mile range?
     
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    Will be changed with the Brexit negociation ! :)
     
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    Reduced output.

    The Mavic has more power output than the P4 in CE and I have had that over 4 miles in the correct contusions so it not an issue.


    It's all about the environment not the output.
     
  8. Guest

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    Basically it will adjust transmitter power output from both the remote controller and Mavic itself.

    When in FCC mode (based on GPS location) the remote controller will output ≤26 dBm (that's just under 400 mW)
    When in CE mode (again based on GPS location) the remote controller will output ≤20 dBm (that's 100 mW)

    I do not know the downlink power output (video stream / telemetry) from the Mavic itself is, but this will be controlled the same way.

    (edit): "Better" antenna's (more dB) / and position are a key factor most of the times for a better range
     
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    Since about 2 miles is easily possible with P3A/P on CEE - with good line of sight conditions - I suspect DJI's Mavic range estimate is conservative.
    Transmitter power does not produce a linear response in your ultimate range.
    More is generally better of course...
     
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