Interference between radio controller and drone

Hello, everyone!!

I’m new to flying drones and I’ve recently got a DJI mini 2. I haven’t flown it yet, but I’ve done some online searches so to learn more about drones, and it has made me come up with some questions regarding to flying drones safely and carefully.

My questions are related to interference caused by phone towers and if their signals (3G,4G,5G) cause different levels of interference depending on the signal type

At the moment i live in a house very close to a phone tower. My house is as close as 10 meters away from the phone tower. Taking into consideration the interference that that phone tower can cause… Would it be so risky to take off the drone from my house? Even if I fly it away from my home to avoid any kind of interference caused by the phone tower close to my house?

The 3G would affect less than 4G,5G…? ( I’ve got to know that the phone tower near here transmits g signal)

I’ve seen that this drone has 2.5ghz and 5.8ghz… what’s the relation between both signals (drone and phone tower)?

What frequency is more stable to fly in this condition, or over the city?

In this case, the remote controller will be closer to the tower than the drone.

Which scenario would be worse?

  • flying with the drone away from my home, but with the remote controller near the tower

Or flying with the drone near a phone tower, but with the remote controller away from a phone tower?

I know that the best situation would be flying with both away from any kind of tower to avoid interference.

But as I’ve bought the drone to fly from my house, I’m worried if it’d be safe to fly/departure the drone from my house with that tower so close to my house.

Would the interference caused by the tower also interfere on the remote controller as much as it would do on the drone?

Feel free to comment and thanks in advance for your comments!

Welcome from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, USA.

I have the Mini 2 and I have not flown around cell towers in close proximetry but there are lots of video of folk flyng in circles around the towers… Check YouTube, I would not play chicken with them, but under normal circumstance, it should not be a problem…

Your first priority should be safely taking off and landing your drone. Learn to fly it by sight, not by watching the screen, you need to be able to fly it correctly whether you are flying it away from you or towards yourself.

I am thinking that you are in the USA so, I’ll respond that way…

As a New Drone Pilot, there are a couple of Legal Things you may need to do…

If you have not already done so, you will need to get your TRUST Certificate. You can get that at the Pilot Institute Web Site (FREE…) . Your Drone weighs less than 250-grams (0.55 pounds) and while you are flying under The Exception for Recreational Flyers, you are not required to register your Drone.

When I first started flying I registered my Mini 2 because the TRUST Certificate and FAA Registration established me as a “certified” Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Pilot.

Link to the TRUST Certificate at the Pilot Institute Web Site (FREE…)

Link to the FAADroneZone (Optional Registration for Drones under 250-Grams…)

If you are considering acquiring your Part 107 License, here is a link to get you going…

There are specific laws and rules for you to follow, please check the link below for all the Rules and Laws that are in effect in your neck of the woods and it also links you to some of the Best Places to Fly in your area… Also, if you travel on vacation, visit friends, and relatives in other parts of the country, check back here so you do not run afoul of the law.

Even if you have flown Drones before, here is some Good Old Fashion Advice…

You paid a lot of money for that Drone, put your phone number on it. If your drone gets lost or stuck in a tree and it finally comes down when you are not around, give the finders an opportunity to contact you so it can be returned.

Now, for the Fun Part, But do not let the excitement of the moment get the best of you. When you are going out to fly, do it slowly and deliberately. Get used to a set procedure and even practice it.

There are so many things I could write but these are the highlights that I feel need mentioning.

Plug in your phone/tablet into your controller; turn on the Controller and DJI Fly App (if it does not start on its own…). On the Drone, open the front legs, then open the back legs, then remove the Gimbal Cover.

The Gimbal is the most delicate item on the Drone and banging or bumping can damage it. I also fastened a short “Remove Before Flight” ribbon to the cover so it’s more noticeable and I do not forget to remove it…

Turn on the drone and watch it come to “life.” Watching the Gimbal go through its self-check is almost like watching a puppy or kitten opening its eyes for the first time…

Place the drone down (preferably on a Landing Pad) while it finishes its self-test (collecting satellites, etc…).

Check your battery status (Phone, Drone, and Controller), check the Signal Strength, by now the Controller should have reported it updated the Home Point.

Lift off, 6- feet (2-meters) or so, hover a bit, check the controls (move the drone a bit forward, back, left, right, yaw left and right). By now, your Controller will probably report again, Home point Updated.

If you go out in a rush and race thru your start up and take off before the drone has finished it prep, it may update its Home Point over that pond or that old tree you are flying over and in your excitement, you’ll fly the drone long past it Low Battery point and when it engages Return to Home and lands in the pond or in a tree; it will be all on you…

Now go have fun, learn to fly the drone by sight before you try to fly it out a distance depending on the video feed, FPV.

I would also advise you to use YouTube and watch a lot of the Videos on flying and setting up the Drone. When it is too dark, too cold, or too wet, you can “fly it vicariously” through YouTube. Also watch some of the Blooper Drone Videos and learn how not to fly your “New Baby.”

Below is the link to all of the downloads offered by DJI for the Mini 2, including the User Manual.

After you read the Manual, read it again, you will be surprised what you missed the first time and you will be better prepared for that first “scary moment…”

Fly On and Fly Safe…

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