ANTENNA MOUNTING, RECEIVER: This is very important for performance, see pictures and details in the " Antenna " section of this help site by clicking here.
ANTENNA POSITION TRANSMITTER / MOUNTING: There is NO requirement to keep your transmitter antenna vertical while flying. While it is true that the signal is strongest when the transmitter antenna is vertical, we have put a huge amount in excess performance into the Dragon Link system, you can hold the transmitter at an angle as most RC flyers do, fly however is most comfortable for you and you will still have perfect results. There is no need to have your Transmitter Antenna vertical unless you are flying long range such as 20 Kilometers or more, or are flying very low next to the ground at longer ranges, where maximum performance is needed.
ANTENNA TRANSMITTER, EXTERNAL, DIFFERENT OR REMOTE MOUNTED ANTENNA: You can use any 430 MHZ external antenna on your Dragon Link Transmitter with very good results ! You can increase both the RC range and telemetry range of the Dragon Link system MANY TIMES OVER by using a 430 MHZ Yagi antenna on the transmitter. If you are flying from inside a car, we recommend a 430 MHZ magnetic mount antenna to put on top of your car. Just make sure you use the correct SMA cable with the MALE pin in the center to attach the antenna to your Dragon Link Transmitter.
ANTENNA TRANSMITTER, ACCIDENTALLY TRANSMITTED WITH NO ANTENNA ATTACHED: We recommend that you do not turn the Dragon Link transmitter on without the antenna attached, as it does heat up the output circuits of the unit, which could damage it over time. That being said, the Dragon Link transmitter is not fragile, if you accidentally turn the transmitter on without the antenna, it will not hurt anything or reduce it performance. It would take weeks or months of this abuse to actually cause a problem. We tested our design to run without the antenna for hours at a time just to make sure we did not manufacture an overly fragile unit. Treat the transmitter nice, and always use the antenna, but accidents do happen, and if your Dragon Link transmitter did get turned on without the antenna attached, it is nothing to worry about.
BEST RC TRANSMITTER TO USE WITH DRAGON LINK: There is no "BEST" transmitter for the Dragon Link system, it will have the same range and performance no matter what kind of RC transmitter you use. The ONLY requirement for an RC transmitter to work is that it have a trainer port, DSC port, or older style RF module pins that output a standard PPM signal. My recommendation is to get the RC transmitter you like best, and use it. One thing to consider is, RC transmitters that have a small round “ Phono “, or DSC plug, do not supply power though the trainer port. You will have two options to connect this type of RC transmitter. You can open up your RC transmitter connect the power leads of the Dragon Link cable inside your RC transmitter for a compact and clean installation. If you do not wish to open your RC transmitter, you can use a small external LIPO from 5 – 18 volts for power. All RC transmitters that have Futaba Trainer ports OR removable RF modules are very easy to connect to since they supply power to the Dragon Link transmitter. These connections are plug and play and take about one minute to set up.
CHANNELS , I ONLY GET 8 CHANNELS FROM MY SYSTEM: Many RC transmitters will only output 8 channels of PPM through their trainer port, even though they have more channels in normal mode. The Dragon Link system will output exactly the number of channels that is given to it by the PPM in your RC transmitter. If you are not getting any response from any of the channels above channel 8, this is quite normal and common. Some of the high channel Futaba, and other newer RC transmitters allow you to select 12 PPM channels in its computer menu, but many do not. If you have this problem, look in your RC transmitters menu and see if there is an option in the trainer port setup for more channels, if your RC transmitter is capable of this, you can enable all the channels up to 12 and the Dragon Link system will work up to 12 channels. If your RC transmitter does not have any options for output of more than 8 channels through its trainer port, then you will only be able to use 8 of your RC transmitters channels. This is a limitation determined by your RC transmitter, not the Dragon Link system.
COMPATIBLE RC TRANSMITTERS: The Dragon Link system will work with 99 % of RC transmitters. The only requirement for the Dragon Link to work with your RC transmitter is that your RC transmitter have a trainer port, a DSC port, or an older style removable RF module... ANY of these options will provide the connection you need to the Dragon Link system, and will work perfectly and give you full performance. The only RC transmitters that are NOT compatible with Dragon Link are the very few that do NOT have any kind of trainer port, or no plugs or pins to connect to, such as the very cheap " toy " RC transmitters.
COMPATIBLE FUTABA RC TRANSMITTERS: The Dragon Link system is compatible with all Futaba RC systems and connects easily through the trainer port on the back of the Futaba RC transmitter. Just make sure you select the Futaba Square Trainer cord option from the drop down menu when you purchase, and it will be a 30 second connection to your RC transmitter. Once connected, you activate the Trainer Port in your Futaba Computer, it’s that quick and easy. The Dragon Link system includes everything you need for Long Range RC control of your FPV aircraft.
COMPATIBLE DSC PORT TRANSMITTERS, SPECTRUM, WALKERA, JR, HITECH: The Dragon Link system is compatible with all the JR, Spectrum, Hitech, Walkera DEVO, and any RC transmitter that has a DSC / Trainer port. We have a special cable that plugs into the DSC / Trainer port, and makes connection very easy to this type of RC transmitter. You just plug the cable into your DSC port, and connect the power wires of the cable to 5 - 18 volt power. Since the JR style trainer port does not supply power, there are two ways you can connect it to power. The power leads of the supplied cable can be connected to power from the inside the RC transmitter itself for a very compact, clean installation. If you do not want to open or solder to your RC transmitter, you can also use a small external LIPO to power the Dragon Link transmitter. The system will give you full performance either way you wish to connect it. Just make sure you chose the JR / Spectrum cable option from the Dropdown menu when you purchase.
COMPATIBILITY, IS DRAGON LINK COMPATIBLE WITH MY COPTER / FLIGHT CONTROLLER: The Dragon Link system is carefully designed to be compatible with most copters, flight controllers, OSD's, and other FPV equipment. Dragon Link is generally NOT compatible with complete, ready to fly systems where HD video is integrated into the control link, such as the newer DJI copters. The Dragon Link system does not transmit or improve video range in any way.
COMPUTER DOES NOT RECOGNIZE MY TRANSMITTER / RECEIVER WHEN CONNECTED: If your windows computer does not recognize your Dragon Link V3 Advanced transmitter, or Micro Receiver, this is very easy to solve. Go to the Dragon Link Advanced .PDF instruction manual that is available on the firmware download package at www.dragonlinkrc.com/support and go to Page 8 of the .PDF manual. Simply follow the procedure there, and once installed, your computer will automatically recognize any Dragon Link Device you connect. We have many thousands of these devices out in the wild, and customers almost always connect them to computers, so if there is a problem, it can be solved.
COPTER RECEIVERS DIFFERENCES: The airplane and copter receivers are identical in performance, range and features. The electronics used in each type of receiver is exactly the same, so operation is identical between the two types of receivers. The copter receiver has a standard header for plug and play PPM output, but we took off the servo headers on the copter receiver so that it would be thinner and lighter. You can still use servos on a copter receiver, but you would have to make a wiring harness to access the PWM channels to connect your servos. We also took off the external antenna connector on the copter receiver to save weight and space, the antenna wires are attached directly to the copter receiver. Unless you need the absolute smallest and lightest receiver possible, we strongly suggest the AIRPLANE receivers, which easy fit in all planes, and even the vast majority of small copters.
RECEIVER CHANNELS, HOW DO I GET MORE CHANNELS THAN MY RECEIVER HAS CHANNEL PINS, 12 CHANNELS: The number of channel pins your receiver has means NOTHING. All our receivers are fully capable of receiving 12 channels and more. The best way to use 12 channels on a receiver with less pins it to: Single PPM connection cable to flight controller for flight controls, this covers the lower channels. Then assign the channels pins of your receiver to higher channels via the Dragon Link receiver computer setup software and connect your PWM accessories such as gimbals, and other accessories to those channels.
FILTERING, ADD NOTCH OR LOW PASS FILTER TO DRAGON LINK: We recommend that you do NOT add any filtering to the Dragon Link system. We have already built the maximum filtering into the Dragon Link system so that you do not have to. Adding any more filtering to the system will only reduce it performance. There are a LOT of things that can cause interference, if you are having problems, filtering is not the answer.
FLYING AREA, MY AREA IS BAD FOR RC WITH MUCH INTERFERENCE, WILL DRAGON LINK WORK THERE: You should be getting PERFECT, Smooth, Glitch free, RC control to ranges approaching 50 Kilometers. The Dragon Link system is a full frequency hopping system, and will ignore RF signals and interference from outside sources. The Dragon Link system has flown in almost every major city in the world, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Mexico City, Moscow, Bangkok, etc. etc. with perfect results and zero glitches. A lot of people worry about “Their Flying Area” because they see an antenna tower, or something nearby. Chances of your flying area having worse RF interference than all the largest cities in the world are about zero. The Dragon Link system also has a typical range of 50 KM, so even with a pretty bad antenna installation, 25 KM range should be expected.
FLYING DRAGON LINK WITH OTHER DRAGON LINK OR OTHER UHF SYSTEMS: The Dragon Link system will fly perfectly with other Dragon Link systems, or any other UHF system with zero failsafes, and perfect control. Our system has over 1000 unique ID's, so it will totally ignore any signal that is not your own The Dragon Link system has been tested to work perfectly with many other UHF systems operating at the largest FPV events. You can fly with your friends, at the field, or anywhere with rock solid control and full confidence !!! Just make sure you have changed your ID when setting up the system so that you are not on the default ID. If two Dragon Link systems are on the default ID, you would have massive interference and loss of control, test on the ground before flight if you are in doubt.
INTERFERENCE, THERE IS A TOWER NEAR WHERE I FLY, WILL THIS AFFECT MY DRAGON LINK: FLYING AREA, MY AREA IS BAD FOR RC WITH MUCH INTERFERENCE, WILL DRAGON LINK WORK THERE: You should be getting PERFECT, Smooth, Glitch free, RC control to ranges approaching 50 Kilometers. The Dragon Link system is a full frequency hopping system, and will ignore RF signals and interference from outside sources. The Dragon Link system has flown in almost every major city in the world, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Mexico City, Moscow, Bangkok, etc. etc. with perfect results and zero glitches. A lot of people worry about “Their Flying Area” because they see an antenna tower, or something nearby. Chances of your flying area having worse RF interference than all the largest cities in the world are about zero. The Dragon Link system also has a typical range of 50 KM, so even with a pretty bad antenna installation, 25 KM range should be expected.
INTERFERENCE WITH 1.2 / 1.3 GHZ VIDEO: The new generations of Dragon Link Firmware does an INCREDIBLY GOOD job of totally eliminating interference on 1.2 / 1.3 GHZ video, it totally kills any bit of video interference you may get from the Dragon Link transmitter. Most of the Long Range FPV records using Dragon Link were flown using 1.2 / 1.3 GHZ video. See this 100 KM distance FPV video using Dragon Link and 1280 MHZ video. The video signal at 100 KM is incredibly weak, and if there were ANY interference present, these long range flights using 1.3 GHZ video would not have been possible. You can also expect the same incredibly good results, and solve any video interference you might if you update your Dragon Link system to the Next Generation Firmware. For complete instructions on upgrading your systems firmware, visit our website at http://www.dragonlinkrc.com/support You can download all the next generation firmware versions on the support pages. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckcsCOvXBuw
MULTIPLE PLANES BOUND TO DRAGON LINK TRANSMITTER: Having multiple planes controlled with your Dragon Link transmitter is simple and easy. You can setup as many receivers and planes as you like to work with your Dragon Link transmitter, I have 10 FPV planes myself ! The system and failsafe information is stored in each receiver, so when you get a new Dragon Link receiver installed in a different plane, you must bind that receiver to your transmitter, then set the failsafe for that plane, and that is all !!! Once you set up your new plane to your Dragon Link transmitter, you will never need bind, or set the failsafe settings again. Once each receiver is setup, you simply change planes in your RC transmitters model selection menu as always, and it will just work, no need to ever rebind, no extra steps are needed. See our website for complete instructions at http://www.dragonlinkrc.com/support
PPM, TEST FOR PPM OUTPUT ON YOUR RECEIVER: The easiest way to test to see if your receiver is outputting a PPM signal without any specialized test equipment is to get a normal servo, and connect it to the PPM output of your receiver. If PPM is present, the servo will kind of hum and move slowly until it moves hard over to one side. This test should be done in less than 5 seconds, do not leave the servo connected to PPM for more than 15, as it will overheat and burn out the motor if left connected to PPM for more than 15 seconds.
RANGE, HOW FAR CAN I FLY WITH DRAGON LINK: With a properly set up Dragon Link system, range will be greater than 50 kilometers. Range is ALWAYS affected by altitude, so do not expect to fly 50 kilometers away very low to the ground. The Dragon Link will outperform video systems be a large amount, so chances are that your video will be totally gone before your Dragon Link signal even starts to get weak. No other system on the planet matches the range and performance of the Dragon Link system, in almost every case your limiting factor will be battery range or video range.
RSSI: The RSSI is a good indication of your Dragon Link performance, and can be used with ALL OSD's and no special buffers or any special measures required to make it work. For the RSSI to give you any good information, it must be calibrated accurately in your OSD menu. If you do not calibrate your OSD correctly RSSI numbers given to you by your OSD can be very wrong. The typical calibration voltages are .7 volts at no signal, and 2.8 volts at 100 % signal strength, this is a good starting point to use. To calibrate your OSD to the Dragon Link RSSI, have the Dragon Link turned on in normal high power mode, and have the plane about 20 meters ( 60 feet ) away from the Dragon Link transmitter, then adjust the RSSI calibration in your OSD so that it just gets to 99 %, this will insure that you do not pass 100 and have a false 100 % indication. Then for the low RSSI, put the Dragon Link in Micro power mode, and have the plane at about 15 meters ( 45 Feet ) away, so that the plane is going in and out of failsafe, and set this to 1 % RSSI. This will make sure you do not adjust down too far and arrive at 0 before it should. NOTE: RSSI indications will not be linear, you will see your RSSI go down faster for the first few kilometers distance, and the rate of drop will be slower as you get further away. RSSI is a nice tool if set up and used properly, but can give you totally bad information if not set up correctly.
REPAIRS / WARRENTY: The Dragon Link system is FULLY GUARANTEED. If something does not work perfectly, we will repair or replace it. The vast majority of the time, a problem is caused by a simple user error, and can be fixed in minutes at home. It does no one any good to spend days or weeks waiting for replacements / repairs, and spend money on postage when the equipment is working perfectly. So you MUST email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the full details of any issues you may have, and we will be help you determine if there is a problem with the equipment or not. If something gets damaged due to improper connection or crash, we can usually fix these items for free or for the cost of parts. Do not throw anything away, we never try to profit from customers misfortune, if we can help you fix something, we will for free or for a very low price. Contact us first and we will explore all options to get your equipment working perfectly again.
SHIPPING / TRACKING: We ship from the USA all over the world via USPS with great results. Shipping time is generally 2 days in the USA, and just over a week to most of the world, but some countries can have long delays due to customs and their own mail systems. You can track your package on your countries postal website, or the US postal website. International packages will track to the station where they leave the USA, but will NEVER SHOW AS HAVING DEPARTED THE USA... The next tracking event will not be until the package has been released by your countries customs, and entered into your countries postal system. Many customers are confused by this saying " My Package never left the USA, as it tracks to New York and stops "... It has left the USA, but has not cleared your country's customs or been entered into its mail tracking system yet.
VIDEO COMPATIBILITY, VIDEO FREQUENCIES YOU CAN USE WITH DRAGON LINK: The Dragon Link system is compatible with ALL video frequencies, the Dragon Link system is very well filtered and can be used with perfect results with any video frequency.
VIDEO SYSTEM, WHAT VIDEO SYSTEM WILL MATCH THE RANGE OF THE DRAGON LINK: If you are looking for the best long range video system and antennas to match the performance of the Dragon Link system we have the perfect solutions for you !!! For dropout free, static free medium range, and also very long range video, we recommend using the 1500 mW 1.3 GHZ complete video system from www.FPVPro.com It has a specially modified receiver for high performance, long range, and excellent object penetration. We also include specially designed high performance Video Transmitter and Video Receiver antennas that will dramatically increase your video performance and range, while lightening your FPV plane and reducing Drag. For any kind of good performance and range, the video receiver MUST have a directional antenna. We strongly recommend our YAGI video receiver antenna, this is critical for performance best static free picture at any range, and is also capable of ranges of 50 KM and more.. NOTE: Range is always greatly affected by altitude, range will always decrease significantly on ground or flying very low. Go to www.FPVPro.com for pictures of our complete video systems and full details.
VIDEO, DOES DRAGON LINK TRANSMIT VIDEO: The Dragon Link system is for radio control and telemetry only, but it is the best, most rock solid, reliable long range RC control link you can buy. The Dragon Link does not transmit video, or have anything to do with the video system. The FPV video system is not part of the RC system and must be purchased separately. You can get the video system and the rest of the FPV gear you need from www.FPVPro.com The FPV hobby is incredibly rewarding, and the most fun you will ever have, but it is quite technical and requires above average skills and knowledge. You must be willing to put in the time to learn, practice, and patiently advance your skills and knowledge to be successful in this hobby. Setting up an FPV plane and ground station is far more complicated and time consuming that I could possibly cover in email. The best advice I can give for anyone starting in the FPV hobby is to go to http://www.rcgroups.com/fpv-talk-469/ and join our FPV forum. There are people on the forum 24 - 7 that answer questions and give all sorts of helpful advice as you need it. The forum is also full of pictures, videos, and really good information on setting up your FPV system. If you want to what is possible with the FPV hobby and the Dragon Link system, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1CDNXY-5as
WARRENTY / REPAIRS: The Dragon Link system is FULLY GUARANTEED. If something does not work perfectly, we will repair or replace it. The vast majority of the time, a problem is caused by a simple user error, and can be fixed in minutes at home. It does no one any good to spend days or weeks waiting for replacements / repairs, and spend money on postage when the equipment is working perfectly. So you MUST email us at email@example.com with the full details of any issues you may have, and we will be help you determine if there is a problem with the equipment or not. If something gets damaged due to improper connection or crash, we can usually fix these items for free or for the cost of parts. Do not throw anything away, we never try to profit from customers misfortune, if we can help you fix something, we will for free or for a very low price. Contact us first and we will explore all options to get your equipment working perfectly again.