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Posted by NorCalMatCat | Feb 10, 2015 @ 10:01 PM | 2,899 Views
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The MatCat FPV 12V Converter is our newest product offering a clean 12V supply offering .5A continuous output that is light, small, and adaptable allowing for voltages as low as 6V and as high as 30V. This power supply was specifically designed for FPV and UAV usage and as such has been engineered to keep 433MHz spotless. The circuit is a SEPIC topology which allows for voltages above and below the target voltage, and also operates at a fairly high frequency to allow the supply to be as small as possible. Also works well to buffer a 3 cell battery.


Features
  • Dimensions: L: 1.04" (26.5mm) x W: 0.84"(21.4mm) x H: 0.39" (10mm) (Not including connectors or shrink wrap)
  • Very Low Weight at ~9 grams
  • Wide working voltage range 6V - 30V
  • Rated for 0.5A continuous current
  • Designed Specifically for FPV and clean 433MHz noise floor
  • Reverse Polarity Protection
  • Short Circuit Protection
  • Output Power Indicator LED
Now taking pre-orders at http://www.matcatfpv.com/products/mcf12vc-1
Shipping will be in late March
Posted by NorCalMatCat | Dec 28, 2014 @ 08:58 PM | 2,197 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 @ 08:28 PM | 2,731 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 @ 04:42 PM | 3,555 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:
Juggernaut to 5.45Km - UNCUT FPV (15 min 33 sec)
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Posted by NorCalMatCat | Jun 23, 2014 @ 02:03 PM | 3,049 Views
Juggernaut Maiden (2 min 50 sec)

Posted by NorCalMatCat | May 12, 2014 @ 07:34 PM | 3,101 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
$18.95

ReadyMadeRC

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 @ 10:33 PM | 3,523 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 @ 04:30 PM | 3,719 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 @ 02:13 PM | 3,709 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:
Super Skysurfer FPV 08/25/2013 (12 min 6 sec)
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Posted by NorCalMatCat | Sep 04, 2013 @ 12:53 PM | 4,938 Views
Across the bay FPV (5 min 39 sec)

Posted by NorCalMatCat | Aug 27, 2013 @ 12:09 PM | 4,523 Views
Posted by NorCalMatCat | Aug 24, 2013 @ 11:00 PM | 4,249 Views
Stryker Flight (9 min 0 sec)


Finally got a descent video from the Stryker!
Posted by NorCalMatCat | Jun 20, 2013 @ 10:27 PM | 5,442 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.

Specifications:
  • 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 @ 06:08 PM | 5,299 Views
Flight Over Neighborhood (6 min 40 sec)

Posted by NorCalMatCat | Jan 21, 2013 @ 04:30 AM | 4,930 Views
Aerobatic Bixler Flight (4 min 21 sec)

Posted by NorCalMatCat | Nov 22, 2012 @ 11:23 PM | 5,752 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 @ 04:02 PM | 5,852 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 @ 09:10 PM | 5,977 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)


Driving To Work - Beutiful Humboldt Coast and the Redwoods (1 min 20 sec)
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Posted by NorCalMatCat | Oct 19, 2012 @ 03:58 PM | 6,295 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!