|Dec 03, 2013, 01:04 PM|
United States, CA, San Diego
Joined Sep 2005
Revolving Video RX Station
I was wondering if anyone has tried a revolving video receiver setup using single diversity or double diversity (with an oracle) in lieu of an antenna tracker?
I was thinking about a diversity setup with two pepperbox antennas pointed away from one another with one aimed closer to the horizon and one higher up and spinning at around one revolution per second or thereabouts. You could use a repeater to send the signal to goggles, LCD, etc., so that you could have a completely self-contained unit. Additionally, if there were too many dropouts with this setup, you could add an additional diversity system and run them both through an oracle so that there were antennas pointing to each quadrant of the hemisphere. It seems to me that the dropouts would be very tolerable if noticeable at all.
Now, I'm currently having no issues with my diversity system with a crosshair and pepperbox on 2.4 ghz, but there are those times that I fly behind myself that I think it would be great if I had a tracker. However, I don't want to add the complexity of a tracker because of the setup and the fact that it could stop working during a flight if there are issues with audio. With this idea, it just keeps spinning. There's not much to go wrong with a motor hooked up directly to some gears and a speed controller. You could just bring it to the field, turn it on and start flying.
Is this a stupid idea? I realize it's overkill, but that doesn't mean it's stupid...but if it's stupid for another reason, please fill me in.
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