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Old Jul 22, 2012, 10:08 AM
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Variometer suggestions?

Hi there,

I'm looking for a Vario that I can use in a normal glider (non fpv) and also one that
I can use for FPV.
Ideally it would be audio, not only video overlay and lightweight for the standalone, non-fpv planes.

So far I had a look at:

- Frsky Vario (as I want to try frsky for telemtry anyway once) but this doesn't support audio I think

- http://www.lastonedown.com - audio but needs FPV equipment


For lastonedown I could use very basic equipment (without camera?) I guess to use with my normal, non-fpv gliders.. does anyone know it's weight?

What would you suggest? Any recommendations?

Thanks a lot,
Christoph
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Old Jul 22, 2012, 11:13 AM
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I use the Thermal Scout by Winged Shadow Systems on my FPV sailplane and it works great. Its audio and can be set to signal lift or lift & sink. Can be turned on/off from the radio. You do have to add your own ear bud style speaker and I have mine mounted right next to the on-board mic. For non-FPV use it can also be set up to wag the rudder to signal lift.


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Hi there,

I'm looking for a Vario that I can use in a normal glider (non fpv) and also one that
I can use for FPV.
Ideally it would be audio, not only video overlay and lightweight for the standalone, non-fpv planes.

So far I had a look at:

- Frsky Vario (as I want to try frsky for telemtry anyway once) but this doesn't support audio I think

- http://www.lastonedown.com - audio but needs FPV equipment


For lastonedown I could use very basic equipment (without camera?) I guess to use with my normal, non-fpv gliders.. does anyone know it's weight?

What would you suggest? Any recommendations?

Thanks a lot,
Christoph
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Old Jul 23, 2012, 01:47 AM
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I've got the thermal scout too. For its price and size its great
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Old Jul 23, 2012, 04:10 AM
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I'm looking for a Vario that I can use in a normal glider (non fpv) and also one that I can use for FPV.
Hello Chrstoph

I could recommend the SkyAssistant variometer.
It is standalone device, work with any LPD/PMR radio, can speak messages in your language and with little modification can be connected it to FPV system in future.
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Old Jul 24, 2012, 04:28 AM
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Thanks a lot for your suggestions! Those products look quite interesting

Does anyone know the weight of the lastonedown and skyassistant?
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Old Jul 24, 2012, 04:08 PM
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Weight of SkyAssistant is 22g
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Old Jul 24, 2012, 06:43 PM
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Could combine L1D with one of fmkit's UHF beacons, which can
be set to transmit audio continuously, which can then be picked up by any
FRS handheld radio on the 460Mhz band.

ian
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Old Sep 04, 2012, 05:40 PM
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Are there any more suggestions? I'm very interesting about this thing. Thank you
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