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Old Oct 03, 2009, 02:51 PM
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My plans for my first FPV setup. Any thoughts?

Ok, after much research, I think I have finally come up with my first FPV setup. I will explain what each component is and why I chose it.

There are many threads on what plane to use for FPV. There were four main suggestions: a Multiplex Easystar, a Multiplex Twinstar, a Multiplex Fun Jet, or a combat wing. I decided on the Multiplex Easystar because it was cheap, it was relatively slow, and it looked like the easiest to install the fpv equipment into.
Multiplex Easy Star ARF ($75)
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXMYK8&P=7

There were two types of goggles that I was looking at: the Headplay goggles or the Fatshark goggles. I chose the Fatshark goggles because of price.
Aviator RCV922 Fat Shark Goggles ($375)
http://hobbywireless.com/cart/index....roducts_id=105

This is a medium quality camera. I honestly didn't do much research on cameras.
FPVCAM-480 OSD Very High Resolution Color Camera 480 Lines NTSC ($125)
http://hobbywireless.com/cart/index....roducts_id=175

I chose this because it was compatible with my video transmitter and because it had a built-in battery. I didn't want to have to worry about about more batteries than I have to.
R2400-DELUXE 2.4Ghz Portable High Sensitivity Receiver ($100)
http://hobbywireless.com/cart/index....products_id=24

This antenna is to increase the range of my reciever significantly.
AN2409 High Gain Whip Antenna 2.4 GHz 9dBi ($35)
http://hobbywireless.com/cart/index....products_id=76

I realize that a beginner FPV flyer should stay within visual range. However, I wanted a tranmitter with which I could fly farther out when I become more experienced. I do not want to spend a ton of money on upgrades when I become a more experienced flyer. I would have prefered a 900 Mhz transmitter due to interference problems with 2.4Ghz but equipment for 900 Mhz seems much harder to find.
T1024 Transmitter 2.4Ghz 1000mW ($85)
http://hobbywireless.com/cart/index....products_id=26

This antenna is to increase the range of my transmitter.
AN2407 High Gain Whip Antenna 2.4 GHz 7dBi ($25)
http://hobbywireless.com/cart/index....&products_id=8

I have read many FPV threads and it seems that almost everyone uses a Futaba radio. My impression is that that this transmitter has a impressive range (and it isn't 2.4 Ghz so it won't interfere with my video equipment). I also took into cosideration that someday I may want to expand my FPV setup with servos for pan/tilt and ailerons.
Futaba 7C 7-Channel FM Transmitter ($190)
http://hobbywireless.com/cart/index....roducts_id=112

I chose this reciever because it is small, long-range, and compatible with my transmitter. I also wanted a reciever that ran off of a 7.4V power supply so that I could use the same battery for my Easystar motor and my reciever (the fewer batteries the better, right?).
Berg 7P Programmable Receiver ($50)
http://hobbywireless.com/cart/index....roducts_id=114

This is the crystal for my reciever.
Burg 4/7 Crystal ($10)
http://hobbywireless.com/cart/index....roducts_id=117

This is the battery I will use to run the camera and the video Tx.
FlightPower EONX 30 LiPo 3S 11.1V 2450mAh 30C for Camera/Video Tx ($85)
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXXLU6&P=0

This is the battery I will use to run the Easystar motor and the Rx.
FlightPower EONX 30 LiPo 3S 7.4V 2450mAh 30C for Motor/Rx ($60)
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXXLU5&P=0

ParkZone 2-3 Cell DC LiPo Balancing Charger ($30)
http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...ProdID=PKZ1040

The total price of this setup is $1245. I didn't want to make the mistake of getting cheap equipment which I would have to upgrade/replace later. I would be interested to see what experienced FPV flyers have to say about this setup. Also, if anyone has any suggestions on how to lower the cost (maybe a different set of video goggles), I would be open to their thoughts.
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Old Oct 03, 2009, 06:07 PM
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Range Video has a good supply of 900 mhz stuff dpvav.com does too.
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Old Oct 03, 2009, 06:10 PM
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You may want to pick up a Futaba 9c radio used. With all the 2.4 upgrade going on their are some good deals around.
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Old Oct 03, 2009, 10:16 PM
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Goggles:
Do you where glasses? if so BUY HEADPLAY.

Receiver:
Just remember the longest trips have been in the 900Mhz. If your not trying to break any records and not using a FASST tx 2.4 is fine though.

Berg 7P Programmable Receiver:
Uh OH! I had terrible luck with FPV Berg. Maybe you'll do better but I would recommend a Corona DUAL CONVERGENCE.

Motor ??????:
You make little mention of the most important part of your Easy Star. Most FPV EasyStars are in the 2000kv range but there also running 11.1v which you said your not going to do. I would probably recommend if you plan on 7.4v is to purchase a 2600KV Brushless w/ESC/BEC that should do nicely with a great punch on your 2cell. These are outrunners so You're also going to need an OutRunner motor mount.
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Old Oct 16, 2009, 09:11 AM
Did you get it on video?
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Why are you spending $125 on a $72 dollar kit? Or am I missing something?

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXFRU7&P=ML
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Old Oct 16, 2009, 09:15 AM
Did you get it on video?
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http://www.graysonhobby.com/catalog/...roducts_id=414

Here is the motor and speed control I put on mine, much better than stock.

I used a bottle cap inside where the speed 400 motor would have gone. I drilled out the holes for the motor, and screwed it right to the cap, and then glued it in.

Worked great on this morning's windy test flight.
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Old Oct 16, 2009, 09:35 AM
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I must say, your choice of FPV plane comes as a bit of a shock!

Having done alot of research already, hopefully it should pay off when building and preparing your EasyStar. All the best.
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Old Oct 16, 2009, 10:09 AM
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I second the motor / esc upgrade. Fact is - I would consider buying the plane with no electronics at all.

I just picked up a Futaba 9c in the $200 range (used).

To take some cost out I will start by running a monitor instead of the goggles. Same camera, basically same system.
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Old Oct 16, 2009, 01:46 PM
Did you get it on video?
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The easy star version I bought had just the brushed 400 motor.

As to the box, I saw a guy who had one on a neck strap. It was one of those portable dvd players, in a box tray, hung around his neck like a transmitter tray.
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Old Oct 16, 2009, 02:44 PM
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Goggles:
Do you where glasses? if so BUY HEADPLAY.
Who has the best prices on Headplay?
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Old Oct 16, 2009, 03:15 PM
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HeadPlay themselves you can get the goggles for $399 and I got the lipo upgrade for 50% off using a code I found on here. I believe there is even a code to get the goggles for $374 or something I saw on here, not sure if both codes can be used.
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Old Oct 16, 2009, 03:37 PM
Did you get it on video?
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Here are some of the mods I made...
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Old Oct 16, 2009, 06:28 PM
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Headplay for $349 at Future Hobbies

BTW, Future Hobbies now has the Headplay headset for $349.
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Old Oct 16, 2009, 06:47 PM
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Ouch that stings... nice price.
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Old Oct 16, 2009, 07:09 PM
Did you get it on video?
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The easy star version I bought had just the brushed 400 motor.

As to the box, I saw a guy who had one on a neck strap. It was one of those portable dvd players, in a box tray, hung around his neck like a transmitter tray.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...3901243315126#
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