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Old 06-18-2010, 07:20 AM   #1
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Since I don't have an FPV setup but I do have a bunch of flyable helis, you guys are really getting me tempted to try it. Please post photos of your FPV setups and details for us who are interested to learn more in this thread.

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Old 06-18-2010, 07:42 AM   #2
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^ T Rex 250 with camera in nose - inside

I don't have any current pics of my T Rex 600 ESP, but I use Crash9's mounts for small cameras. I'm upgrading to a GoPro Hero HD at the moment.

< FPVpilot's fixed under-chassis camera mount

If you plan on getting into FPV, please remember to apply for an amateur radio license. It'll only take a day or two of reading/studying, you'll learn some useful information, and you'll be authorized to use higher power and more frequency choices.
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Old 07-03-2010, 04:43 PM   #3
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Here do we have my AP setup. I use the canon camera as the FPV camera here, in that way, I can see how the picture will become. I also have a Gopro camera to use as FPV platform when I film videos, but here is mine FPV heli platform I use at the moment.

Here is my extended landing gear and anti bungee from FPVpilots.com. As you can see at the picture, I use the canon point and shoot camera as FPV camera, and to take pictures with a poor homemade shutter on it. I have used a 2.4 Ghz E-sky Transmitter with the reciever, and a e-sky servo to take the pictures in the sky!



Here we got a 3S 800 Mah battery to power the 2.4Ghz e-sky reciever.


Here is all I need to go and fly FPV. From the left, 1.2 Ghz Patch antenna and 1.2 Ghz Reciever. The connectors from the glasses to the reciever is included when you buy the glasses, and both the reciever and the glasses can be charged, so you don´t need to have batteries with to power them. The reciever has 2200 mah, and the glasses have 1800 mah, if I remember right. Anyways, they have "big" batteries for their use. I can fly many FPV flights without charge the.



Here you got the Video Glasses I use. They´re just amazing!


This battery power my Tx for the downlink image. It´s a 3S 800 mah lipo battery.


Here is the Futaba 6EXG, as I use to fly the T-rex 600. And the E-sky 2.Ghz.





Here is where I bought it all, and all the things I have bought to get a very good FPV experience!

VISION DELUXE High resolution video glasses 640X480 (http://hobbywireless.com/cart/index....products_id=32
TR512 Combo Set Receiver +Transmitter 1.2Ghz 500mW (http://hobbywireless.com/cart/index....products_id=55
AN1208 HIGH GAIN PATCH ANTENNA 1.2 Ghz 8dBi (http://hobbywireless.com/cart/index....products_id=57
2x Turnigy 800 mAh 11.1v 3s High Discharge 20/30C Li-Poly Battery (http://hobbywireless.com/cart/index....products_id=80
HD Hero Naked (http://hobbywireless.com/cart/index....roducts_id=409)
GoPro Tripod Adapter (http://hobbywireless.com/cart/index....roducts_id=417
XEBM-600 with anti bungee mount (http://fpvpilot.com/600BungeeAntiVibeMount.aspx


With the GoPro HD, this was a expensive FPV system, BUT if you buy the GoPro HD to use it as a FPV cam, you will get the best resulotion by the FPV flyers. All my FPV electronics did cost me 820 $. You can go much cheaper than that. Because I bought a Gopro HD and the glasses. You can go with a cheaper camera, and use portable DVD player or something to get your downlink.
You got to "trick" the GoPro to get live feed out while recording, but its easy. Read the guide at Hobbywireless.com.

Hope this will help a bit.

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Old 11-13-2010, 07:38 AM   #4
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Hello Petter268 !
I plan to construct a similar configuration for FPV on my Trex 550E and, considering that I also fly at 2.4 Ghz Futaba 8FG, do you have any problems with interference Patch Antenna 1.2 GHz and 1.2 GHz Receiver?

Would a 5.8 frequency be less sensitive to interference? I'm still a beginner in FPV, so I would be grateful for your advice!
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:39 PM   #5
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I would definitely avoid using 1.28 video with 2.4 control for two reasons.
- its possible you can get a harmonic on 2.4 gHz from the 1.2 tx, causing interference or a reduction of range.
-1.28 video will likely go further, and work better around objects than 2.4 gHz, so you could easily fly where you would loose your radio link but still have good video.

for FPV airplanes 72 mHz works very well and you can go behind trees and go several miles without issue, but we run into the same old issues with static and rf problems on helis with 72 mHz. In my opinion, the best bet if you want to run 2.4 for control is to run 5.8 for video, and here is why; You get more multipathing issues with 5.8 than 2.4, so your video will fade before your control, so you are naturally prevented from flying into an area where you would loose your link. video tends to fade and get static before you loose it altogether, giving you a chance to climb or turn around or whatever.

Using 2.4 for control with FPV there are several things to remember. You may think its the ultimate rf link for your heli, but this is not true if you don't have line of site! 2.4 gHz gets blocked by trees, buildings... even your body! so if you fly behind yourself you may only get a few hundred yards instead of your normal range!

For the ultimate rf control link for FPV, you've got to step up to a UHF control system. There are three I know of, the dragon link, Scherrer link, and EzUHF... with these you can get insane ranges and even the best video systems become the weak link
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Old 11-21-2010, 03:34 PM   #6
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Thank you for your good advice!
First, I will try with this 5.8 200 mW video link
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=12176 and 2.4 radio and later on if I see that I need more range I will try with the Dragon radio link and 2.4 video link! http://www.dragonlabs.net/site/DragonLink/Purchase
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:03 AM   #7
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:19 PM   #8
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FPV Setup
This is my setup on a Trex 500 with retractable antenna. Also the next step for the RX will be an antenna tracking system. Get a piece at a time.

Materials:
1) 1/8” plexiglass for base and servo arm
2) cable ties, cable ties, cable ties
3) 3/8” wood dowel rod (painted black)
4) ½” copper plumbing coupler (painted black)
5) 4-40 all thread rod with locknuts
6) 4-40 nuts and bolts for camera mounting
7) servo ball linkage

Equipment:
1) Hitec HS-75BB retract servo
2) 800mah battery
3) 900MHz A/V Receiver, Standard Mini-Model from DPCAV.com (#RX900-STD)
4) 900MHz Antenna, V-Dipole from DPCAV.com (#ANTVD-900)
5) 900MHz Pro-Series A/V Transmitter, 500mW from DPCAV.com (#TX905-PRO)
6) 900MHz High Gain Yagi Antenna, +10dBi from DPCAV.com (#ANTY10-900)

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1) T-Rex 500CF/stock motor & esc, 13t, FASST-7C 2.4GHz, GY401/S9257, Hitec5245mg x 3



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Hello gents --- putting my HK600gt together for FPV --- I'm all set on the video link --- just need some good recommendations for power(battery/ motor / ESC) etc... --- 10s?? 12s?? I'd like a pretty hefty loiter time (should I need it).

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Old 01-07-2012, 12:55 PM   #11
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Quad copter test rig for FPV., still not finished but about to see its maiden.

700mm from shaft to shaft.

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Old 07-01-2012, 03:36 PM   #12
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My first attempt at FPV. I started out with my Blade 4503D. Here are the details:

The FPV Gear:
Eagletree OSD Pro/Elogger V4
Barometric Altimiter
1.3Ghz Video Tx with low pass filter from ReadyMadeRC (GPS would not work without the filter)
Vee antenna from ReadyMadeRC
430mAh 3s battery for Video Tx. (gives about an hour per charge)
Pixim SEAWOLF camera from securitycamera2000.com


I mounted the camera and video battery using a 1" x 12" x 1/16" carbon fiber bar.

Other Upgrades on the B450:
Flybarless with a Tarot head and BeastX (AR7200Bx)
YGE 60A ESC
MKS DS92A+ for cyclic servos
Savox SH-0262MG tail servo
Trex-500 landing skid
Hobbywing 5A ubec


Total weight came in at 2.2lbs and I was able to get the COG spot on. I have only taken it up for a short test flight, but it seems pretty stable.

Here is the short video of the first test flight.







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Old 07-21-2012, 07:15 PM   #13
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Maidened my HK450GT today, and all I can say is WOW. It cost me $130 to build, and she hovers hands off for almost 10 seconds!! Super stable, and super smooth. My setup is minimal at this stage as I'm only testing the waters of FPV. My theory is that I'd build a sacrificial heli to crash/learn FPV on:

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HK450GT w/ 4 flybar weights and reversed tail direction
HXT900 servos all round (including tail)
GY48V gyro
Turnigy Typhoon 2216 motor
Orange 2.4GHz Rx
Turnigy 3S 220MAh Battery

=$130 inc postage

FPV gear is Fatshark Predator RTF w/ laser cut black acrylic camera mount.

If anyone here likes the look of the camera mount, PM me and I can send you the CAD file
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:24 PM   #14
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Here's my new setup:

400mw 1280Mhz Vtx with low pass filter (RMRC)
DIY Cloverleaf antenna (thanks IBCrazy)
450 mAh 3s battery for Vtx
EagleTree OSD Pro/Elogger V4
600TVL SONY SUPER HAD Camera (PZ0476 from SecurityCamera2000.com)
GoPro Hero2

SpinBlades 515mm asymmetrical blades
SpinBlades 95mm asymmetrical tail blades
Hobbywing 100A ESC (stock)
CC BEC Pro
Skookum SK-720 Flybarless Controller w/ power buss.

2.4Ghz control (2 spektrum dsmx satellites for now ... going to switch to Rangelink when I manage to get it to play nice with the Skookum)

Total weight comes out to 2564g (5.7lbs) without the battery, 3339g (7.4lbs) with a 5300mAh 6s pack, 3963g (8.7lbs) with an additional 4000mAh 6s pack.

Got a 21:30 long flight this morning with the 2 packs in parallel running 1800rpm headspeed.










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Old 03-27-2013, 10:00 PM   #15
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Just finished it up tonight. Started with a DJI F450 about a month ago, and transferred it all over to this.

Hoverthings Flip FPV frame
DJI 920kv 2212 motors
DJI Opto 30a ESCs
DJI NAZA M flight controller
DJI GPS add on
RMRC-540 OSD FPV camera
Fatshark 250mw 5.8ghz video TX (for now)
IBCrazy blue beam whip CP antennas on both video TX and RX
APC slow flyer 10x4.7 props
GoPro HD Hero 2 for filming wearing a Layer Lens for protection

3s 4000mah for the quad, and 3s 460mah for the video TX

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Old 05-22-2013, 05:01 PM   #16
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Here is my simple setup with a Blade mQX and a 5.8ghz video Tx. The only thing I want to change is the field of view which is a bit too narrow:


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Old 06-10-2013, 07:52 PM   #17
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@WNCmotard how does your quad fly?

I eventually want to build my own so I'm just doing a lot of looking into these.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:46 AM   #18
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@WNCmotard how does your quad fly?

I eventually want to build my own so I'm just doing a lot of looking into these.
Todd, it flew well with the NAZA, but I've since changed it out for an Openpilot CC3D flight controller, and I like it much better. I will say there are trade offs to everything when it comes to frame choice. The flip frame is very durable, but it can be hard to tame the vibes for video footage. Something like the QAV 400 will have vibe free video, but be less durable. I am very happy with the Flip frame myself.
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Awesome, thanks for the reply WNCmotard. I've been looking at the flip, the 450 and TBS discovery. I like the discovery since I could get the core and eliminate soldering(I don't mind doing it, just easier not having to). I have read a lot about the 450 and I didn't know that about the flip. Choices!

When you went with the CC3D did you give up the GPS feature? Also did you have to buy any other power supply components or flight computers?

Last question, what radio do you use to fly this?

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Old 06-22-2013, 11:31 PM   #20
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400mw 1.3ghz readymade vtx with cloverleaf rhcp antenna
1.3ghz saw upgraged readymade vrx (waiting on omni horizon antenna)
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