Hey everybody, amazing replies and advice i've received so far, you guys are the best!..
So I'm in the process of planning out my setup in terms of radio coverage. Now, I live in the San Francisco bay area and plan on being able to fly above pretty much anywhere within the rational areas(aka: obviously i will not be flying at a low altitude behind hazards like cliffs and things). So assuming i'm practical about where and how high i can fly missions, which would be the best set up?
I'm thinking a definite combination of high gain and low gain, and am absolutely(excited) open to the idea of an antenna site at multiple remote locations (strategically) placed by the need of coverage.
I can lease antenna space pretty much anywhere, and can easily power a single site by a solar panel, so in regard to advice maybe being pointed in the right direction to the correct antenna dealer/website that sells extremely effective 2.4Ghz omni/high/hemispheric for heavy duty use? as well as antenna insight on which brands/types have the best coverage/range when placed correctly by the right person.
And if you're a bonafide math genius/antenna array engineering expert, I'm open to long conversations as well. LOL
and yes, this is for autonomous flying with assumable MQ-9 Reaper w/ autopilots/stabilizers/sensors