Hucker and I went out this morning to get some flying in. He wanted to try out a couple of new antennas on his base station and do some more tweaking on his second Radian Pro.
I wanted to set a new personal distrance record and try to find the edge of my video and/or radio control. I'm flying with a 72mhz Futaba radio using a semi-common Futaba PCM receiver. I figured I'd radio before video but wasn't sure. Turned out they both seemed to be going at roughly the same spot.
At 2km the plane's receiver went into failsafe mode. I can tell because the FS is set to put throttle at 0% and put the plane in a slow gentle left turn. To add some buffer so that I could recover after failsafe I had my transmitter antenna collapsed one section and was pointing it directly at the plane. When I hit failsafe I extended the antenna and pointed it up. I flew to 2.68 km at which point the video in my goggles was starting to get snowy and Hucker lost video altogether (he was tracking with his base station providing an extra pair of eyes). I turned around at that point.
I LOVE this distance stuff. What a rush. I need UHF...
Because it's not real unless there's a video, here's a video with commentary: