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Re: My FPV experience is about to begin (Build Thread)

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:57 pm
by Hallmark
As the last picture in the previous post shows I have two power cables exiting the pole. The plan is to use the second for an antenna tracking system in the future, but for now it will be insulated and used to block the hole.

Here is the entry point for the video and power cables just above where I plan putting the weighted shelf. I have not pushed the joiner all the way in as I need to file down the insert so that it fits snugly, but does not give me so much resistance when I want to separate the parts.

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Here is another view where you can see the joiner sockets that will be secured to the upper section...

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And finally the whole pole with the shelf on the base, which I'll mount (also to be easily removable) this weekend.

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Re: My FPV experience is about to begin (Build Thread)

PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:16 am
by cynr100
Nice work mate, can see you have been busy.

Re: My FPV experience is about to begin (Build Thread)

PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:28 am
by Jolly-Swagman
Looks great there Hallmark :)

Re: My FPV experience is about to begin (Build Thread)

PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:24 pm
by Hallmark
Thanks gentlemen. I have it ready for testing now it's all on the weather... ;)

Re: My FPV experience is about to begin (Build Thread)

PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:56 am
by Hallmark
One question for the group: I am looking for a decent size battery to run the ground station and came across this:

http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=SB2487

Please provide me with some input about what sort of run times I can expect compared to a 2200 3S.

I am looking at this because I don't want to carry a box of Lipos around in the car and these seem more stable etc. Also seems like (if I'm reading it correctly, I can get many hours of Rx and DVR recording from the battery.

Re: My FPV experience is about to begin (Build Thread)

PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:25 am
by cynr100
Have you considered a LiFePo4 such as

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/stor ... ouse_.html

LiFe cells are 3.3v and LiPo are 3.7v so this back is 9.9v or are you looking for 12v.

If you were looking at a 2200maH 3s this should more than cope plus you should be able to charge from your standard 4 button charger and does not have the same unstabability risk as a LiPo.

Something to think about :D

Re: My FPV experience is about to begin (Build Thread)

PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 11:43 am
by Hallmark
cynr100 wrote:Have you considered a LiFePo4 such as

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/stor ... ouse_.html

LiFe cells are 3.3v and LiPo are 3.7v so this back is 9.9v or are you looking for 12v.

If you were looking at a 2200maH 3s this should more than cope plus you should be able to charge from your standard 4 button charger and does not have the same unstabability risk as a LiPo.

Something to think about :D


Thank you Sir...er...um...cur...er...um... :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: My FPV experience is about to begin (Build Thread)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:28 am
by Hallmark
Here is the FPV ground station almost ready for a field test... Comments are most welcome (in fact some are expected :P)...

This is the single Rx unit attached to the system, which comprises a 15" LCD 12v capable monitor, FatShark Dominator 3 goggles, Zippy 5800mAh battery (for now), Futaba 10CH Tx radio (with SBus 8 channel Rx), Circular_Wireless 5.8Ghz helical antenna and the DVR arrives tomorrow, it's a F700 from Bevrc. (I'll add a pic when it arrives.)

As you can see the entire unit can be assembled and dissembled with all wiring concealed inside the centre pole thus allowing faster set up and pull down time while protecting the cables etc from damage. The system can be stored in a 1.5m scuba bag inclusive of the aircraft and all accessories.

In the background there's a canopy I bought for when we go out bush/beach/mountains so we have shelter form all elements. More pics in next post... :D <-- happy camper

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Re: My FPV experience is about to begin (Build Thread)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:35 am
by Hallmark
Diversity Rx with antennas attached...

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The second A/V out is for the DVR, which has an A/V out to go to the monitor... :geek: :geek: :ugeek:

Re: My FPV experience is about to begin (Build Thread)

PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:11 am
by Hallmark
My pre-installation testing. All looks great. I'll publish an entire thread about setting up the FY31-AP and Hornet OSD soon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2GtE37ZYN8

Much more coming very soon - the maiden is days away...