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Old Aug 17, 2010, 03:55 AM
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Yeah, i have a Simulator and am clocking up the hours.
I dont plan to jump into it un-prepared.

I plan to buy all the FPV kit and build my groundstation and weigh and measure the components so i can build my EZ* with weights where i plan to put components so when im confident with LOS flying, i can stick it straight in.

This gives me plenty of time to tinker with the electronics on a bench while im learning to fly.
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Old Aug 17, 2010, 07:05 AM
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Hi Art,

Welcome a board, you won't regret this step.

Keep it small at the beginning, improve your setup gradually and enjoy.

Pay attention to your RC link, improve it using some distance (avoid closeness) between elements (specially between the rc Rx and the Video Tx).

Cheers
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Old Aug 17, 2010, 09:09 AM
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Yeah, i have a Simulator and am clocking up the hours.
I dont plan to jump into it un-prepared.

I plan to buy all the FPV kit and build my groundstation and weigh and measure the components so i can build my EZ* with weights where i plan to put components so when im confident with LOS flying, i can stick it straight in.

This gives me plenty of time to tinker with the electronics on a bench while im learning to fly.
I have the G5 sim, it has the ability to view from the nose of the plane. I've been flying it that way for a while, trying to get used to that type of perspective.
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Old Aug 17, 2010, 09:12 AM
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Hi Art,

Welcome a board, you won't regret this step.

Keep it small at the beginning, improve your setup gradually and enjoy.

Pay attention to your RC link, improve it using some distance (avoid closeness) between elements (specially between the rc Rx and the Video Tx).

Cheers
Another familiar name, good to hear from you Jorge.
You may notice in the picture of the interior of the plane, my RC receiver mounted in the rear. I plan to have the camera in the area of the windscreen with the video transmitter just in front of the wing, do you think that is far enough apart?
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Old Aug 17, 2010, 01:55 PM
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Yes, it is enough to start.

Make sure you twist all the servo wires and if you have them, use ferrite o-rings in the servo wires close to the Rx.

Do a proper ground range test with and without Video Tx on to see how much your video system diminish the RC link performance.

If the results are similar, you are good to go.
If not, then you have a problem to chase and eliminate.
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Old Aug 17, 2010, 02:19 PM
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Yes, it is enough to start.

Make sure you twist all the servo wires and if you have them, use ferrite o-rings in the servo wires close to the Rx.

Do a proper ground range test with and without Video Tx on to see how much your video system diminish the RC link performance.

If the results are similar, you are good to go.
If not, then you have a problem to chase and eliminate.

I use toroid rings on the job for RF noise reduction, that's a good idea.

I plan on being able to turn the Tx power off from my radio.
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Old Aug 17, 2010, 10:41 PM
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Got my battery box installed tonight, seemed a shame to hack up the front of the nexstar, but that's what I bought it for... I wanted easy access to the battery and lots of cooling.
I'll pretty it up a bit before I'm finished.
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Old Aug 18, 2010, 03:27 AM
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Taggage for another FPV noob! I'm currently component shopping. Truth of the matter is, I don't mind spending some $$$ for a full-house setup, but right now I'm just looking for some "quality" bare essentials. You've got to crawl before you can walk, right?
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Old Aug 18, 2010, 05:32 AM
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Thats the right attitude motoguy, you will go far using that concept
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Old Aug 18, 2010, 09:22 AM
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Taggage for another FPV noob! I'm currently component shopping. Truth of the matter is, I don't mind spending some $$$ for a full-house setup, but right now I'm just looking for some "quality" bare essentials. You've got to crawl before you can walk, right?
Welcome aboard the FPV noob train!

Be sure to tell us what you buy, and why.
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 09:32 AM
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The NexStar is very close to maiden, should be a no-brainer.
I've reserved the area between the servos and flight battery for "cargo". It's right on the CG so things added there won't change it. I plan on mounting the video Tx on top of the motor battery box, and been thinking that some kind of cover for the battery-box could also mount the camera.

The NexStar comes with some leading edge droop/slat extension thingies and some speed brakes that mount where flaps would go, I'll try these to see what they do to the flight characteristics.
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Old Aug 21, 2010, 08:38 PM
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The NexStar now has 4 flights on it... all in about 15-20 mph direct 90 degree crosswinds. Hard to tell how well it flys, handles the wind pretty well but gets knocked around so much any video I took (from keychain camera) would make you need a barf bag. The plane is faster than I expected (for a trainer) and I'll add the leading edge extensions and drag flaps, that should help slow it down.

I'd resisted getting a slowstick even though so many use them for AP and for FPV as well. First time I flew it I though, why would anyone want one of these... then it became dead calm and I had the chance to chug around low and really slow. Took it up high and really slow too.
I had the keychain cam on the top of the wing outside the propeller arc. The best video I've ever taken. When the world moves by slowly it gives you a chance to see things, not just a blurr as they pass by. Keeping wings level helps a bunch too.

Maybe the NexStar won't work out as a FPV platform?
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Old Aug 21, 2010, 09:14 PM
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SlowStick cruising (8 min 7 sec)
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Old Aug 21, 2010, 09:38 PM
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"Tue 17.08.2010 18:23 Arrival at border point of destination country "

Just checked the tracking on my FPV stuff from Hobby King, I hope this means it's in the USA now.
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Old Aug 22, 2010, 03:02 AM
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I got to get in on this FPV newb thread too.
I've been flying all kinds of planes for about 5 years now, and I have been very interested in getting into FPV for the past 2. But it's hard to get straight forward answers, especially when it comes to the Video transmitters.
Here is what I have so far (some ordered, some being ordered soon):

Plane - Skywalker 168 cm EPO from BevRC with all Digital servos, and a power system from innov8tivedesigns

Head Tracker - I will be starting off in FPV using my existing Futaba 6EXA transmitter, so I bought a DT-3K Hybrid Headtracker from Flytron

Camera - DPC-480A OSD Camera (NTSC) from BevRC (ordered)

Video TX/RX - 900MHz 500mW Aerial Video System from RangeVideo

OSD - RangeVideo OSD with GPS and IR Stabilization Sensors, for return to home function.

Video Goggles - Fatshark RCV922 BASE Edition.

An RV-Splitter 4-way Composite Video Distribution Amplifier from RangeVideo

Video recording - BEV Piano HDD-DVR from BevRC.

Only things I need now are a top notch pan/tilt system that will support my camera and would work with the Skywalker, a place to get those ferrite rings and figure out how to make a good antenna for the video TX.
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