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Old 09-16-2017, 09:35 AM   #1
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So does anyone have a drone they take with them? if so what kind, and suggestions? I would love to be able to scout and view blm land without having to take rv over crappy roads..
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Few drones have the range to 'scout' roads very far from take off location. A Jeep, mountain bike, or dirt bike might be a better scout, and would also allow you to spot low branches, etc.
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Don't think you will get a 500 dollar drone to go 4-5 miles and not legally if you do.
Limited to in sight for range and then only about 1/2 mile for most.
I have a atell xstar premium. It will return to home if it loses signal or runs low on battery. Cost $900 plus iPad to operate it.
I do have fun and the pictures are amazing.
Better do some more research.
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Thanks to pointrow and Cousin Ed for your support. I do know a bit about drones and know that a drone that can fly out of sight over a hill is (1) quite expensive, and (2) on BLM wilderness land, NOT ALLOWED. They are considered to be 'motorized vehicles', so those restrictions also apply. [Moderator Edit]
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well I just sold my hobby shop in feb. and Horizon Hobby . com has IMHO the best for the money you can get from hundreds to thousands and are easy to control and very easy to understand the radio and camera ect... go to the web site and look for yunec oh dang cannot spell .....
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I have the sky viper 950str. I'm a pilot by nature and I love to fly. Although I tether mine to the ground and fly it at a maximum altitude of 200 feet. I fly mine a lot like a kite keep the lines tote so I know when to bring it back down like when the battery is getting low. I have the app for this one on my iPhone and iPad so I can record live aerial footage. I use kite rope which is very light weight and will not interfere the drones ability to fly properly. I keep it away from trees or anything else it can get caught in. I only fly it in wide open airspace. I have test piloted it many times. A tether makes it so you don't have to worry about crashing them. It also takes the work out of keeping it up in the air. Especially if you want to fly just to get a good view. Batteries only last for 10 minutes tops between recharging. So taking a rechargeable USB power bank for extra power might not be a bad idea. FAA regulations state you cannot fly higher than 400 feet, and you cannot fly them within 200 feet of any building. It is a one time fee of $5 bucks to register the drone ( you can simply go on their website) with the FAA, and federal law states before you can fly them in open airspace it must be registered. Mine recharges the battery simply by plugging into a USB port. I like drones, it's like sports piloting, the technology provides many advantages when properly used. If you've never piloted an aircraft before it takes practice and a study hand. But otherwise these are a real joy to fly and 200 feet up you can see a long way.
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the drones we carried most of you can fly far away and not know how to get back so just push return button and will come back and land, and it wont get any closer than like 20' to you or the radio actually. or you can go up hover and set it and put radio down and go get a pop kand come back... actually we sold a lot to farmers as they used to see crop conditions and when calving. also to the oil fields some used to check out there cranes ect ect
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I have a Phantom 3 that I take with me. I has a 3 mile range . Where I use it, there is no one else around . I have used it to send text messages where there is no cell service. Just type your text and send the phone up a couple of hundred feet with the drone for a minute or two. Then bring it down and check the messages.
Also has a great camera and takes good photos.
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I have a Phantom 3 that I take with me. I has a 3 mile range . Where I use it, there is no one else around . I have used it to send text messages where there is no cell service. Just type your text and send the phone up a couple of hundred feet with the drone for a minute or two. Then bring it down and check the messages.
Also has a great camera and takes good photos.

I love the phantom 3. I would live even more to have the phantom 4.
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