Tomahawk Best Practices

If you are getting poor range please check that you are following these best practices, and if you still are having issues just open a support ticket or give us a call (+1-818-934-1535, Option 2)

  • Allow the system to activate DFS while the transmitter is within 50 ft of the receiver. When started, the OSD will read: “Pls. wait 60 sec. acquiring DFS freq.” After 60 seconds the OSD will either say “READY,” meaning the Tomahawk system is transmitting, or, “Pls. wait 60 sec. acquiring Alternative freq,” meaning the Tomahawk is switching to a channel with less interference. Please wait 60 seconds for DFS frequency. You should have all other wireless systems on and within 50 ft of the receiver until this process is complete. This cycle scans for interference from other devices, and finds a channel with the least amount of noise. Please note that some high-powered radio systems, including flight control, FPV, etc., can act as a jammer to the Tomahawk. Try to avoid using 5 GHz systems within 6 ft of the Tomahawk transmitter or receiver. Some high-powered 2.4 GHz systems may cause interference as well. Please note that you should keep the Tomahawk receiver case clear of RF blocking materials as the DFS antenna is located inside the receiver case.
  • Make sure your power source is capable of providing the Tomahawk with 2A (receiver) or 1.5A (transmitter) in addition to the amperage needed for other devices on the same circuit.
  • The Tomahawk’s default antennas should be splayed orthogonally facing each other. The transmitter antennas should form a "V", and the receiver antennas should be adjusted to look like the splayed fingers on a hand.
  • Using circular polarized (clover-leaf) antennas on the transmitter will allow reflected waves from the emitter to maintain their polarization when reflecting off surfaces in the environment. This helps with propagation of the signal. It is best to use transmitter and receiver antennas with matching polarization.

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