You can add a satellite receiver to increase antenna diversity and improve reception if needed. 

Before doing so, we recommend that you consult your telemetry log files first, as there may well be other factors at play that contribute to reception problems. 

A good starting point is to review your lost packets. 

This can be checked on your radio telemetry screen after each flight. 

A number higher than 150ms will require further investigation. 

The first step is to improve antenna layout, which is especially critical in models with lots of carbon. Proper antennas routing and antenna layout will eliminate most of the reception problems you may encounter. 

Practically any Graupner receiver can be used as a remote satellite receiver. 

It requires setting up a digital output channel as SUMD on the satellite receiver, which is then connected to the SUMDIN channel on the main receiver with a JR-style female/female connector. 

Receivers with a SUMDIN channel input option are the GR-16, GR-24, GR-32, and GR-24PRO. 

It is essential to understand that adding a satellite receiver does not create redundancy. 

Satellite receivers improves signal reception as there are now additional antennas communicating with the radio transmitter.

Choosing a receiver to function as a satellite depends on the available space and location. 

The farther away the satellite receiver can be installed from the main receiver, the more diversity can be obtained. 

For example, installing the main receiver in the center of the model and a satellite in the tail will secure better antenna exposure at different angles during flight. 

SATELLITE SETUP

To set up the satellite receiver, follow our serial receiver Q&A instructions HERE

The SUMD output will be available on CH6 on the GR-12 type receivers and on CH8 on the GR-16, GR-24, and the S-port on the GR-32. 

If you decide to use the SUMD diversity receiver S1051, the SUMD output will be on the female connector (the male connector is for telemetry input) 

MAIN RECEIVER SETUP

The SUMDIN input channel connection is on CH7 on the GR-16, GR-24 and GR-32 and CH-10 on the GR-24PRO. 

Setting up the receiver to SUMDIN is done over the telemetry/settings & data view menu. 

On the GR-16, GR-24, and GR-32, it can be found on the RX CURVE menu. The default for CH7 is a servo that needs to be changed to SUMDIN. 

On the GR-24PRO it can be found on the first menu page on the bottom. 

When setting a channel to function as SUMDIN input, it cannot be used anymore for servo output. 

If you use that channel, for example, to control the secondary flap, you will have to map that channel on your radio to use another channel. 

CONCLUSION

Satellite receivers can be helpful in certain situations. 

The Graupner receiver line with the HoTT protocol are widely known to be very capable and reliable even at extreme distances without losing RF connectivity. 

However, if you need that extra peace of mind, such an option may be a thing to consider.


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