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Posted by NorCalMatCat | Dec 28, 2014 @ 09:58 PM | 1,387 Views
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The MatCat FPV LC Filter is coming back and now available for pre-order!

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Special Sale: 2 for $23.95, 3 for $32.95

Our LC Filter offers excellent noise filtration for your radio controlled aircraft, quad, car, boat, or any other application where clean power is needed. Typical use would be to provide clean power for your video system so to prevent visible lines in the video stream caused by high current devices such as motors.

  • Dimensions: L: 0.95" (24.1mm), W: 0.8" (20.3mm), H: 0.63" (16mm)
  • Weight: 6.3 GRAMS
  • Input Voltage: Maximum 16VDC
  • Output Current: Maximum 1A
You can pre-order now at http://www.matcatfpv.com, and soon we will announce a new list of vendors where you will also be able to purchase from.

Happy Holidays from MatCat FPV!
Posted by NorCalMatCat | Jul 17, 2014 @ 09:28 PM | 2,061 Views

We are having a 1 week sale on on our 12v UBEC's from 07/17/2014 to 07/24/2014!

12v UBEC - 14v to 34v input, 12v 1A maximum constant output
$18.95 $16.95

Let'sFPV eBay

Posted by NorCalMatCat | Jul 10, 2014 @ 05:42 PM | 2,729 Views
Some fun cloud surfing with the Juggernaut:
Cloud Surfing with the Juggernaut - FPV Uncut (13 min 43 sec)

Some long range FPV with the Juggernaut:
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Posted by NorCalMatCat | Jun 23, 2014 @ 03:03 PM | 2,397 Views
Juggernaut Maiden (2 min 50 sec)

Posted by NorCalMatCat | May 12, 2014 @ 08:34 PM | 2,449 Views

We now have a twitter account! Please be sure to follow us for the latest news and info on our products and other things of interest to FPV.

I would also like to remind everyone that our products are available via ReadyMadeRC and we usually often have a small quantity in stock on our eBay account as well.

12v UBEC - 14v to 34v input, 12v 1A maximum constant output


Let'sFPV eBay

LC Filter - Rated up to 4 cell input, 1.5A maximum constant current
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Posted by NorCalMatCat | Apr 10, 2014 @ 11:33 PM | 2,869 Views
B-28 Maiden (4 min 20 sec)

Maidened a franken-plane that consists of a PZ T-28 airframe, Bixler Wing, custom Horizontal Stab (airfoil shape using dollar tree foam), and bixler elevator. Motor is a 950kv driving a 10x7, it's not a fantastic match, I need to get a 1400kv that can drive it properly . ESC is 60A capable.
Posted by NorCalMatCat | Jan 24, 2014 @ 05:30 PM | 2,992 Views

I am proud to present our newest product, the 12v UBEC, a small compact 12v UBEC designed specifically for FPV, designed to be low noise and highly efficient (~96%) with a continuous 1A current rating (1.5A PEAK). This UBEC is rated to take input from 14v to 34v (4 to 8 cell LIPO), and includes thermal and over-current protection.

Now available on ReadyMade RC
Posted by NorCalMatCat | Jan 21, 2014 @ 03:13 PM | 3,078 Views
I have been so busy with getting Let'sFPV off the ground that my time spent using the forums has been quite low for a while, so I think it's about time to catch up!

First off let's start with the newest video from Team Skunk:

Thanksgiving with Team Skunk (8 min 45 sec)

Be sure to subscribe there because many more awesome videos are coming down the pipeline, just be aware though that every video gets it's own musical composition and extensive editing so it tends to take a minute to get them out .

Now let's move on to some FPV videos from my Super Skysurfer:
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Posted by NorCalMatCat | Sep 04, 2013 @ 01:53 PM | 4,301 Views
Across the bay FPV (5 min 39 sec)

Posted by NorCalMatCat | Aug 27, 2013 @ 01:09 PM | 3,871 Views
Posted by NorCalMatCat | Aug 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM | 3,591 Views
Stryker Flight (9 min 0 sec)

Finally got a descent video from the Stryker!
Posted by NorCalMatCat | Jun 20, 2013 @ 11:27 PM | 4,769 Views

Greetings, 0utsider89 and myself have started an electronics company and we are debuting our first product, the humble LC Filter! Not that we thought there was anything wrong with the few out there already, however we wanted to start with a good basic most need and produce one which is smaller, lighter, and nicer looking then any of the competition!

Features include reverse voltage protection, dual connections for both your camera and TX, and a signal path to connect the camera to the TX, and a sleek black PCB.

  • Dimensions: L: 0.95" (24.1mm), W: 0.8" (20.3mm), H: 0.63" (16mm)
  • Weight: 6.3 GRAMS
  • Input Voltage: Maximum 16VDC
  • Output Current: Maximum 1A
You too can have one of our awesome LC Filters for the reasonable price of $12.95 USD including shipping to US, for orders outside of US extra shipping charges will apply.

For US Orders please use PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/websc...=GAYSE5UB9QENA

For overseas orders please PM, thanks!
Posted by NorCalMatCat | Jan 21, 2013 @ 07:08 PM | 4,678 Views
Flight Over Neighborhood (6 min 40 sec)

Posted by NorCalMatCat | Jan 21, 2013 @ 05:30 AM | 4,310 Views
Aerobatic Bixler Flight (4 min 21 sec)

Posted by NorCalMatCat | Nov 23, 2012 @ 12:23 AM | 5,101 Views
Maiden flight! Ok well honestly it was the second flight, I forgot to hit record on the first!

Super Skysurfer Maiden (8 min 49 sec)

Today was a GREAT day, I spent the entire afternoon flying and hanging out with other pilots. I flew an FPV flight with my Bixler (Probably it's last as the FPV gear is going into the SSS), tested my 1.3GHz Crosshair I made which seamed to work amazingly well, maidened my Super Skysurfer and had a great second flight as well!

Maiden went fantastic! Here are 2 pictures taken after the maiden:

Here is a pic of my SSS, 0utsider89's SSS, and my Bixler in the middle!
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Posted by NorCalMatCat | Nov 12, 2012 @ 05:02 PM | 5,177 Views
8 foot wingspan you can't go wrong! I am decking this baby out to the max with all of the features I have been wanting in an FPV plane. My Bixler was a great intro to FPV but now it's time for more capability.

Here is a picture I took when it first arrived and I mock fitted it together:

BIG! SHE IS HUGE! At any rate one of my main gripes with the Bixler was it's lack of endurance, once it is weighed down with FPV gear and bigger battery it's not going to stay in the air for much more then 30 minutes with good throttle management, and at max maybe 5km range, at least where I live. With the SSS that shouldn't be a problem, I will be running her with 5000mah 4S, which should easily give an hour of flight time.

I also really wanted to do night flying, and after getting comfortable with my Bixler I realized lighting just wasn't going to work on it, but this time I have lighting, and BOY do I have some good lighting!

I decided on using CREE LED's, these things pack a punch. For my headlight I chose 3 3W (700ma) pure white LED's, they have a viewing angle of 120 degrees and put out a LOT of light. You can see it here in this video and pictures:
Testing 9W (2.1A) CREE LED Headlight (1 min 41 sec)

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Posted by NorCalMatCat | Nov 10, 2012 @ 10:10 PM | 5,351 Views
Got an 808 #16 v2 in yesterday so I did a few timelapse videos, and an FPV flight, overall I am pretty happy with it!

Time Lapse - Finalizing install of RED CREE 1 Watt Navigation LED (1 min 19 sec)

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Posted by NorCalMatCat | Oct 19, 2012 @ 04:58 PM | 5,585 Views
I am stuck at a pickle! I have some funds and I am torn between either getting a Super Skysurfer or an HK-550 Heli, I don't know which to pick!

On one hand I would love to upgrade my FPV platform, and why not go with a nice big 2.4m (8 feet!) wingspan, good weight capacity, should have a GOOD LONG endurance, and would be SWEET for all of the camera equipment I could put on there hehe.

Super Skysurfer

On the other hand I really want a nice big heli, and the HK-550 (Align Clone), seams like a nice fit. I would go with a nice flybarless high performance setup with good 3D capability, and would probably try FPV with it as well.

HK-550TT Flybarless

I wish I had the money for both!!! Obviously going with the SSS will be much lighter on the cash I need to spend, and I really do want to upgrade my FPV airframe, but at the same time I could FPV the Heli too, it's a hard decision to make!
Posted by NorCalMatCat | Oct 05, 2012 @ 08:37 PM | 6,551 Views
MatCat's Custom ARDUINO Powered Diversity (2 min 14 sec)

I recently got deeper into electronics both to learn and to build my own devices for a fraction of the cost of retail for a similar device, and the benefit of knowing it is mine and if I do not like an aspect I can change it at will, and one of the first real projects I just completed is a full video diversity system which I would like to share with you how to build it yourself. It is actually quite simple and anyone with OK soldiering skills should be able to put this together. Total parts cost would be somewhere around ~$20 if you have to buy all of the required parts.

At the heart of this project is the Atmega328p IC chip, which basically a full 8 bit computer on a single chip, these chips are quite common and it and it's cousins are in everything from ESC's to OSD's, to even Autopilot systems, and even better yet they are quite cheap, even as cheap as $2 or $3 per chip! It is the brains and does all of the work of the system.

Second is a video switching chip, more specifically the MAX4618 which is actually a dual single pole 4 throw switching chip that is rated for video signals, and these chips can be found for around $1.50.

The LCD Module is an AMC2004A HD44780 compatible module, and can be had for ~$7 here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-2004-204...item519f0bfb1e

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