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Old Feb 23, 2011, 03:10 AM
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An amazing thread..true friendships and help going on
Also, lots to be learned by us guys thinking about FPV.

An idea with the new plane...use it to find the lost one ?
That would make a heck of a triumphant post !

Oh and,
Alex..don't waste $1000's crashing on ski's, get a simulator for $150 LOL
*ahem*
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Old Feb 23, 2011, 02:23 PM
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Thanks to alex and saucisse for everything they have done for me to help me get back on my (wings?) feet.

I already have a different plane lined up that has been paid for for my birthday already unfortunately or i would happily accept the generosity of saucisse and Alex. Altough they are both still sending me things which i am endlessly grateful for.
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Old Feb 24, 2011, 07:06 PM
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An amazing thread..true friendships and help going on
Also, lots to be learned by us guys thinking about FPV.

An idea with the new plane...use it to find the lost one ?
That would make a heck of a triumphant post !

Oh and,
Alex..don't waste $1000's crashing on ski's, get a simulator for $150 LOL
*ahem*
LOL, its called the Xbox 360.
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Old Feb 24, 2011, 09:01 PM
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I'm a complete noob, i've bought $700+ worth of parts for my (scratchbuilt) FPV plane but never actually flown before, no RC experience. I plan on using the CPD4 FMA CoPilot for flight stabilization from day one.

I've learned alot so far from reading threads on this site. I'm an amateur radio operator with a tech license, own my own automotive shop fixing Toyota 4x4's, occasionally cut vinyl graphics for signs, occasionally build/ install video surveillance systems. So i have alot of experience building things.

I've always been able to draw well, i can build an object in my head, rotate it like a CAD program and draw it from any angle. So, while i know i haven't flown yet, bear in mind my skillbase is so varied i am able to (usually) offer good advice. My friends also say i over-explain things. lol.

I've seen fmkit's offerings of 70cm fm beacons. I think radio beacons are a great way to protect one's investment, better than any LED or beeper. However, i do not own a radio that will operate in the 70cm range. I do own 2-meter radios. So i searched and found a site that shows how to build a low-cost 2-meter transmitter, just in case you own a scanner or are a ham with 2-meter stuff...it's also cheap if you are poor like me.

Forgot my signature... KC9PZN

http://electroschematics.com/470/foxhunt-transmitter/
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Old Feb 24, 2011, 09:05 PM
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Pretty darn nice of someone to offer up a plane for free. Super nice of you buddy. Nice to see we are all hear to help eachother out.

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beginner4life: PM me your info, address etc and if it's not too much to ship it, I'll send to you for free my my AXN Clouds Fly, which is certainly not new but still flies great. All it needs is a receiver, lipo and it's ready to fly! Must also have 2-3 sony cam lying around I can put with it so at least you have something to start with for FPV gear.

I'll take some pics and post them here.

Here we go:









Cheers!

Sebastien
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Old Feb 24, 2011, 09:29 PM
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I bought my first radio from a casino in las vegas, at the time the largest JR importer.
Can anyone name that casino? There was a clown on it to!!!
Man, that brings back memories......used to go to the 1/4 Scale meets with Dick "Big Is Beautiful" Phillips. Spent a lot of time in that hotel and even met Bill Bennett (Circus Circus owner) who, I believe, was big into R/C also. Bought stuff at the same shop.....thanks for the thought.

I'm really pleased that there are so many folks willing to help this young man with his lost equipment....I got started in the hobby when, as a 10 year old airplane nut, I was given a fully-built, ready to fly profile control line plane with fuel, battery and control handle/lines and lessons by a teenage neighbour. Haven't stopped in over 50 years.....This, IMO, is really good stuff, gentlemen!!!

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Old Mar 08, 2011, 06:16 PM
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SCRTSQL, They do say great minds think alike!
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Old Mar 08, 2011, 07:18 PM
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I'm a complete noob, i've bought $700+ worth of parts for my (scratchbuilt) FPV plane but never actually flown before, no RC experience. I plan on using the CPD4 FMA CoPilot for flight stabilization from day one.

I've learned alot so far from reading threads on this site. I'm an amateur radio operator with a tech license, own my own automotive shop fixing Toyota 4x4's, occasionally cut vinyl graphics for signs, occasionally build/ install video surveillance systems. So i have alot of experience building things.

I've always been able to draw well, i can build an object in my head, rotate it like a CAD program and draw it from any angle. So, while i know i haven't flown yet, bear in mind my skillbase is so varied i am able to (usually) offer good advice. My friends also say i over-explain things. lol.

I've seen fmkit's offerings of 70cm fm beacons. I think radio beacons are a great way to protect one's investment, better than any LED or beeper. However, i do not own a radio that will operate in the 70cm range. I do own 2-meter radios. So i searched and found a site that shows how to build a low-cost 2-meter transmitter, just in case you own a scanner or are a ham with 2-meter stuff...it's also cheap if you are poor like me.

Forgot my signature... KC9PZN

http://electroschematics.com/470/foxhunt-transmitter/
This looks really promising. Perhaps we could get someone to do a SMD version and send it to seeedstudio. People could order their own board and solder it. The big question is whether it would interfere with UHF-band radio receivers and whether it would run off of 3s lipos.
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Old Mar 09, 2011, 02:25 PM
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Falcons are expensive, and require a great deal of training and care before they can be flown.Sounds familiar? There are specialist equipment companies who manufacture VERY lightweight beacon equipment enabling finding and recovery of lost falcons. Weights down to 2 gms for small falcons such as Merlins.
Falconry telemetry or similar in Google will show a lot of sources.
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Old May 31, 2011, 08:06 AM
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ll be buying those locators for my skis so next time my bindings decide to release prematurely. I'll probably hack the controller for longer range and post a how-to on it as a cheap and easy FPV plane locator.
-Alex
Have you made some tests with this Loc8tor or find an other one?
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Old May 31, 2011, 11:23 AM
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I have a beacon coming from fmkit. I'll see how it does.
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Old May 31, 2011, 12:44 PM
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Have you made some tests with this Loc8tor or find an other one?
I finally got the Loc8tor. Not sure how well it will perform at range, but it certainly does work. Max range is about 50-60 meters. It does not appear to be servicable with a more powerful antenna unfortunately...

-Alex
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Old May 31, 2011, 02:44 PM
THEY MOSTLY COME OUT AT NIGHT
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I appreciate all of the advice from everyone and especially Alex's generosity.

I think what happened was that my Vtx is about 3 inches behind the camera and batteries which blocked/multipathed the signal on my way home.

Still not sure what went wrong on the DOSD RTH function. The loss of the DOSD is what im most upset about since that was 40% of the planes value right there, and was gonna be used in my next fpv plane.

Unfortunately did not have any contact information on the plane.

It just really stinks because ive sold most of my planes in order to get all of my FPV things. Im 15 so its very hard to get a job, my only income is umpiring in the spring and random jobs at home. My parents only buy me things for Christmas and my birthday

My birthday is coming up and i am getting a Maxi Swift.
Did you have the transmitter/DOSD mode switch in the AP position when you set your failsafes on the receiver? If not, the switch would work fine for AP as long as the receiver was getting a true signal from the radio, but if you also had a real failsafe when the video failed the second time, the receiver would default to the switch position (AP off) that was used when the failsafe was set and not engage AP. I know having both video and rc fail at the same time is a long shot , assuming you are using a long range transmitter. Do you have a long range transmitter or is your RC gear standard. If the later, that would explain it.
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Old May 31, 2011, 02:57 PM
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Well I did the "ride of shame" today. I lost my skis in a crash somewhere on Mt. Millicent in Utah and was taken off the mountain by ski patrol in a toboggan. $1000 of equipment buried under snow and not to be found after 2+ hours of searching

So it looks like I'll be buying those locators for my skis so next time my bindings decide to release prematurely. I'll probably hack the controller for longer range and post a how-to on it as a cheap and easy FPV plane locator.

-Alex
Hey Alex,

if you can get the resort to try and find your skis when the snow melts, I would be willing to pick them up for you and we could get them back to you somehow. That is unless some bonehead walks off with them.
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