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Old Feb 26, 2009, 05:17 PM
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Help with my first FPV set-up

Hey guys, been lurking for a bit and I want to try FPV out cause it looks awesome. Just wondering if some of you wouldn't mind helping me figure a good setup. My goal is to have a setup that would be good for a few km (3-5) distance-wise along with a good bit of endurance (1-2 hrs), and have good looking video (and audio probably too). If you guys could suggest upgrades and/or changes that would be great. I don't mind spending a little more for quality parts that will help with endurance or video. This will be my first RC plane.

So far in my to-order list I've got:
airframe: EZ* ARF version

Motor/esc/prop: was looking at a few but I'm not sure of what combo will give me best endurance?

battery main: 2200mAh LiPo http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=6306
battery secondary: something around 600 mAh?

servos: HXT900 (side note- will I want/need ailerons?)

radio: spektrum DX7 and AR7000

goggles: fat shark RCV922 (I think I will want head tracking eventually, but I can upgrade to it and still use these I think?)

Video Tx: 900Mhz 500mW http://www.rangevideo.com/index.php?...products_id=24 I have to use a 900MHz for video because my radio is using the 2.4Ghz, is that correct?

Video Rx: 900Mhz standard receiver http://www.rangevideo.com/index.php?...products_id=25

Camera: KX 191 or DX201 DPS? (two best cameras I think?)

Pan/tilt: EZ-pod kit http://www.rangevideo.com/index.php?...roducts_id=106

Also I'm not going to worry about recording the flights or getting an OSD just yet. So what do you guys think? Thanks for checking it out.
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Old Feb 26, 2009, 05:58 PM
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check out www.nghobbies.com
I think you will have a happier time buying there, they have a great reputation, and the same cannot be said for range video...

for the easystar, you might want to check out this fine members blog: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=119473 look for the part about the easy glider wings on the easy star. You will want to put ailerons on your easystar, whether you put the larger wings on or not.

I couldn't help you much with the motor/esc/prop stuff at all... Except to say that for endurance, the easyglider wings will give the easy star a MASSIVE endurance boost..
As to the radio, I can't help you much either, just make sure the radio is compatible with one of the available head tracking units out there. The issue with stock radios is limited range (unless you can build an aftermarket amplifier). There are two long range systems available that are much better suited for FPV, but its all pricey, and require a normal RC radio to connect to anyhow.


rest of the gear is good... just know 900mhz video can cause some issues with other electronics onboard the plane... search the forums and there is lots of info about setting up your plane correctly so there isnt 900mhz video interference.
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Old Feb 26, 2009, 09:12 PM
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check out www.nghobbies.com
I think you will have a happier time buying there, they have a great reputation, and the same cannot be said for range video...

for the easystar, you might want to check out this fine members blog: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=119473 look for the part about the easy glider wings on the easy star. You will want to put ailerons on your easystar, whether you put the larger wings on or not.

I couldn't help you much with the motor/esc/prop stuff at all... Except to say that for endurance, the easyglider wings will give the easy star a MASSIVE endurance boost..
As to the radio, I can't help you much either, just make sure the radio is compatible with one of the available head tracking units out there. The issue with stock radios is limited range (unless you can build an aftermarket amplifier). There are two long range systems available that are much better suited for FPV, but its all pricey, and require a normal RC radio to connect to anyhow.


rest of the gear is good... just know 900mhz video can cause some issues with other electronics onboard the plane... search the forums and there is lots of info about setting up your plane correctly so there isnt 900mhz video interference.
Ok thanks for the nghobbies tip, didn't realize there were issues with RV.
I read scrtsqrl's blog and was definitely planning on doing that mod as well, looked sweet.
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Old Feb 26, 2009, 11:13 PM
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As fer as the range of your DX7 Take a look at this thread, made me realise that futaba is the way to go.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...t=2+4ghz+range

FASST has been tested out to 3.8km stock and ranges of approx 5km have been achieved with a modified antenna. That is the main reason i got a 7C 2.4 that added security.

Hope that helps.

Brendan.
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