Is there a new clampdown on the "FCC Hack" to DJI drones as two pilots are charged?

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Two different drone pilots in the UK have told community spokesperson Sean Hickey that they have been charged for increasing the radio range of their drones using the so-called "FCC Hack."

If you're unaware, in the specifications of DJI drones you'll find a 'Max Transmission Distance' section with different figures for FCC, CE, SRRC, and MIC. For the Mavic 3 Pro, for example, the FCC is 15km while CE and all the others are 8km. The Mini 4 Pro spec sheet shows 20km and 10km. FCC refers to the American Federal Communication Commission's approval region, while CE refers to the European region (a standard the UK accepts and enforces).

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

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