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Old Dec 13, 2012, 05:43 PM
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This just your standard Harbor Freight tool box with electronics fitted inside. My goal with this box was to cut down setup time at the field and to simplify the multiple battery issue for all of the items. Since I have started using this, it has made setting up not be such a PITA and time waster. Also, I now know everything is hooked up correctly without finding out after takeoff.

- 9" Phillips LCD
- 1.3 diversity receiver located to the right and left of the LCD screen
- Eagle Eyes diversity/video splitter
- FPV Japan DVR
- Fatshark Base
- Fatshark Classics (Attitude)
- Lighted switches from Radio Shack
- LCD volt meter display from Amazon
- 8amp instant fuse for safety from shorts
- 4400 3s battery (mostly used for its weight as ballast in the front)

Pic from before adding labels to the panels:


In build process: (what a mess!)


First time in use:


Night time FPV with the 450: (Xmas lights for navigation )


I would like to add a 5.8 transmitter as a relay to my goggles. It would be nice to get away from the wires when needed. Another addition would be a sun visor for the LCD. I pretty much would only use the screen for backup or for making sure the video is working, but it would be nice if I ever had any spectators.

Switch order from left to right:
Eagle Eyes/Rx1/volt meter > Rx2 > LCD > Base Goggles > 5.8 relay (to be added)
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 05:50 PM
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First time in use:

GoPro 3 and a Penguin nice!
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 08:13 PM
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My new portable ground station for winter time.


- 1280mhz patch from L-Com
- 2 x 900-1300 VRX from foxtech
- EagleEye diversity
- 5.8ghz 10mw from foxtech to relay the signal to my fatshark's
- 3300 lipo 3s (should give me 7 hours of use from my calculation)





Ready for transport


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I have a very important GS question for my 900 setup which is similar

I noticed the cable for your patch runs out the top. Mine faces the other way, cable exit down

do you think Im limiting range by having mine inverted based on this pic above? I didn't think it mattered with LP as long as it was vertically oriented.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 11:34 AM
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That looks similar to the plugs that Sherrer uses for their UHF system. Might want to check out RMRC or another place that stocks Sherrer to see if the plugs match up.
Thanks McCleary I will give RMRC a try. Nice ground station to!
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 02:46 PM
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I have a very important GS question for my 900 setup which is similar

I noticed the cable for your patch runs out the top. Mine faces the other way, cable exit down

do you think Im limiting range by having mine inverted based on this pic above? I didn't think it mattered with LP as long as it was vertically oriented.
Up or down is the same, the patch is linear polarized, if you have the cable to the right or left, that's not good because you will be out of polarization.
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 06:40 AM
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I finished my one. I have to do some small things but basicaly it's ready.
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 08:37 AM
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Where can i buy the tool box?
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 09:05 AM
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 11:14 AM
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Where can i buy the tool box?
If you're looking for a box like the one in the previous post to yours, I got one at Harbor Frieght...
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Old Dec 19, 2012, 02:52 PM
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May I present the El Cheapo groundstation.

5.8 VRx - Vupoint DVR - car DVD (I use the second screen without the player) - 1250 3 cell runs everything - dowels and PVC pipe with the bottom dowel sharpened to stick in the ground - shroud made from soft black foam sheet and a bit of black foamboard

All fits in a small backpack with the rest of my gear except for the quad or plane.

I had plans to make it slicker with fiberglass tubing to hide the wires etc, but still haven't and have been using it for about a year and a half. Thought I would go ahead and post it as is, since it is different than most posted here. Very simple, but works very well.
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Old Dec 19, 2012, 02:57 PM
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This just your standard Harbor Freight tool box with electronics fitted inside. My goal with this box was to cut down setup time at the field and to simplify the multiple battery issue for all of the items. Since I have started using this, it has made setting up not be such a PITA and time waster. Also, I now know everything is hooked up correctly without finding out after takeoff.

- 9" Phillips LCD
- 1.3 diversity receiver located to the right and left of the LCD screen
- Eagle Eyes diversity/video splitter
- FPV Japan DVR
- Fatshark Base
- Fatshark Classics (Attitude)
- Lighted switches from Radio Shack
- LCD volt meter display from Amazon
- 8amp instant fuse for safety from shorts
- 4400 3s battery (mostly used for its weight as ballast in the front)

Pic from before adding labels to the panels:


In build process: (what a mess!)


First time in use:


Night time FPV with the 450: (Xmas lights for navigation )


I would like to add a 5.8 transmitter as a relay to my goggles. It would be nice to get away from the wires when needed. Another addition would be a sun visor for the LCD. I pretty much would only use the screen for backup or for making sure the video is working, but it would be nice if I ever had any spectators.

Switch order from left to right:
Eagle Eyes/Rx1/volt meter > Rx2 > LCD > Base Goggles > 5.8 relay (to be added)
This is awesome. I'm going to copy this with my harbor freight. Do you any more detailed pics of the inside wiring? And how did you attach the black panels to the case itself? Just with some long screws?

And what material is that black panel. Need to find some of that locally.
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Old Dec 19, 2012, 04:29 PM
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Old Dec 19, 2012, 04:56 PM
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I bought this case here for around $30 shipped:

http://www.activepowersports.com/hob...oam-hca140402/

Turns out that the foam isn't cut on the inside for a TX so I'll start modding it soon for an FPV ground station! Overall looks good quality and latches nicely. Also has a slot/hole for a lock if needed, but no lock is included. Lots of room on the inside for my radio, RX, battery, etc. I'll be mounting the patch on the inside of the lid and propping up the lid with a ruler or something similar to orient the patch at around 45 degrees.

Should be interesting!



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Old Dec 19, 2012, 10:06 PM
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Here is my latest setup...

I used to have it in the harbor freight box...but decided that was too big and downsized...i was able to stuff everything into smaller case.

I made the screen flip out and it all mounts to a tripod..
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 01:29 PM
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Why do you have so many switches and how do you remember what they are with no labels?
Ghehe I really don't know....3 are useless right now, but will probably be used in the future. I have a great memory so Iīm able to remember where the 7 switches are for....

For now I came across a little problem; I have a groundloop. When I plug out the ground cable of my 5.8 GHz receiver, the receiver still is powered and the ground signal will go from my A/V out --> Video Booster. I made a drawing of this. The blue line represents the way the ground from my Rx is able to travel.

The only way to avoid the groundloop is to interrupt the ground/earth/- of the composite cable between the video booster and my receiver, but this results in a loss of image quality.

How did you guys solve this? I donīt want to power the receiver with an other Lipo. Thanks already!


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The text at the pointing arrow is saying: "If you interrupt the earth(- , ground) the ground signal is travelling from the receiver through the booster".
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