#NanoLongRange with Ghost

By jeffcd on Apr 06, 2021

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Here's my take on the Dave_C #NanoLongRange 1S 18650 quadcopter. Thanks to Dave for all the great work he's doing for this hobby!

I found this was actually a very interesting, but challenging build and I went through quite a few design iterations along the way and learned a lot.
Please drop a comment if you have any questions and I'll do my best to help.

Some lessons learned... I originally planned to use the ImmersionRC Tramp Nano VTX, but I blew that up before I could use it.
The voltage step-up (same that Dave_C recommended from Bangood) was faulty and was unknowingly outputting 9V instead of 5V and destroyed the Tramp VTX. I was rushing and didn't check the output voltage before connecting the VTX. I happened to have a Zeus Nano VTX on hand, so I swapped that in with the 2nd regulator I had (which was OK). I then managed to melt some components off the backup regulator when I caused a short during troubleshooting. So I flew it for a while with the VTX powered from the FC 5V and I found it worked down to almost 2.9V which gave about 12min of flight time. I then replaced with Pololu regulators and a new Tramp Nano VTX.

For the GPS connection, I reassigned UART1 (factory set for the WiFi) to the LED and S5 pins. I then reassigned UART2 RX pin to softserial TX for Tramp VTX control. (Ghost protocol uses UART2 TX pin). At first I tried the GPS via softserial, but couldn't make it work.

Since the Ghost protocol isn't available in Betaflight 4.2, I installed the BF 4.3 development build. I used the new features in BF 4.3 to reorder the motors and to change direction. Very easy!

ESC is flashed with BLHeli_M firmware v16.9 48 kHz PWM.

The original build was about 110g without the GPS and with an XT30 soldered to the battery and mounted with a couple elastic bands (because I'm still waiting for the battery holder).
The final version is a remix of a remix... it incorporates the battery holder in the frame and all part shown below. I remixed it further to reduce weight as much as possible and managed to keep the weight at 111g with a GPS added.
I've squeezed out a maximum of 18 min of flight time from this build and flown very close to 10km total distance.
Actual DVR of a +9km flight that was 4.5 km out:

If you just want something relaxing to cruise around with, this is a great option.
If you want something to do some medium/long range flying with, this will surprise you!


Part List


NanoLongRange Weight Reduced by justmaykit
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Flight Controller

HGLRC Zeus5 AIO 1-2S F411 Flight Controller 5A BL_S 4in1 ESC with WiFi Function (2 builds)


4 x RCinpower GTS V2 1202.5 11500kv Orange


Gemfan Hurricane 3018-2 (4CW+4CCW) - 1.5MM Hub

FPV Camera

Caddx Ant 1.8mm 1200TVL 16:9/4:3 Global WDR with OSD 2g Ultra Light Nano FPV Camera for FPV Racing RC Drone (41 builds)

FPV Transmitter

ImmersionRC Tramp Nano 1-500mW 5.8GHz Micro VTX - U.FL (11 builds)


SINGULARITY 5.8 - TrueRC Canada (3 builds)


ImmersionRC Ghost Atto 2.4Ghz Rx


Sony VTC6 3000mAh 15-30A 18650 Battery


RadioMaster TX16S HALL 16ch 2.4ghz


SKYZONE SKY02C 5.8Ghz 48CH Diversity FPV Goggles Support DVR HDMI With Head Tracker Fan For RC Racing Drone (18 builds)

3D Printed

NanoLongRange Weight Reduced by justmaykit
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M2 Black Nylon Phillips Pan Head Machine Screw Metric Thread Round Bolt Assortment kit

Misc Parts

Pololu 5V Step-Up / Step-Down Voltage Regulator S9V11F5

Misc Parts

iFlight LC Filter Module 3A 5-36V for VTX FPV RC Racing Drone Indoor Racer

Misc Parts

iFlight GPS Module

Misc Parts

Keystone 209. 1 Cell Leaf Spring Battery Contact, Spring Steel, Nickel Plating (Pack of 20)

Radio Module

ImmersionRC Ghost 2.4Ghz JR Module

Battery Charger

LiitoKala Lii-PD4 Li-Ion AC-DC Charger (18650, 21700 +)


X²-AIR 5.8 - TrueRC Canada


OCP 5.8 - TrueRC Canada (4 builds)
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V-22   8 days ago  

Awesome build! I especially like the remixed frame, lots of great improvements. And congrats on the 9+km flight!

jeffcd   8 days ago 


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