Basic Guide to Solo Antennas (Stock, Alfa, FPVLR)

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No doubt many have done this, me included.

Solo uses a diversity propagation protocol. As such it depends on a dual antenna configuration that works best if the antennas are balanced.

The Alfa develops 7db of gain vs the rubber duck (stick) making 2db of gain.

I replaced my 2db ducks with 6db whips. This both provides additional gain used together and better matches the Alpha in a combo set up.
What was you range with that setup?
 
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For what it's worth, in an RF-quiet canyon, I got double the usual distance using one ALFA antenna, but got over triple the usual distance with two ALFA antennas, with my max distance being 8000 feet, and even then I still had a good video feed despite showing zero bars. Performance will be much worse in RF-noisy areas, of course. I can't even get half a mile with both ALFA's in some suburban areas.

In previous discussions about this, knowledgeable folks who I trust posted that mismatched antennas is a Bad Thing. So I only use the two stock antennas or two ALFA's now, and don't mix them any more.
 
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For what it's worth, in an RF-quiet canyon, I got double the usual distance using one ALFA antenna, but got over triple the usual distance with two ALFA antennas, with my max distance being 8000 feet, and even then I still had a good video feed despite showing zero bars. Performance will be much worse in RF-noisy areas, of course. I can't even get half a mile with both ALFA's in some suburban areas.

In previous discussions about this, knowledgeable folks who I trust posted that mismatched antennas is a Bad Thing. So I only use the two stock antennas or two ALFA's now, and don't mix them any more.
Bad thing as hard on equipment or bad on range?
 

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