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Additional filtering for the popular BluBeam fpv antenna

Video Aerial Systems' BluBeam antenna has become a household name in the fpv world. Available in both the 3-lobe Airscrew and 5-lobe Mad Mushroom design, the BluBeam Ultra takes it a step further by incorporating a balun in the line, designed to reduce signal creep down the shield of the antenna cable and into the receiver. The lobes of the aerial and hub are dipped in a rubber coating to increase durability.

The BluBeam Ultra is available in 1.2-1.3GHz and 5.8GHz, and available in right-hand circular polarization (RHCP) only.

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BluBeam Antennas overview (2 min 39 sec)

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Old Jun 05, 2013, 01:28 PM
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I actually have the ultras and love them.
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Old Jun 05, 2013, 04:13 PM
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Old Jun 06, 2013, 12:28 PM
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Can't seem to find the pricing to order?
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Old Jun 06, 2013, 12:31 PM
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Here, try this google search. Theres lots of reputable dealers selling them as well.
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Old Jun 06, 2013, 01:16 PM
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Old Jun 06, 2013, 10:57 PM
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Thanks for the review, Matt. I see you got the early revisions and not the newer ones. The new ones are blue (we had issues with VOC's on the rubber compound so we went with black for the initial production run) and have a more substantial nylon lock over the feed in the center to prevent breakage. The cloverleaf is also now an Airscrew antenna. Just a small improvement. Not much, but a small one.

To turn a cloverleaf into an airscrew, just bend the lobes down 22 degrees so the angle off the top and the angle at the base are the same. This ONLY works on the Ultra line. It does not work with a regular cloverleaf (trade secret).

-Alex
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Old Jun 07, 2013, 09:30 AM
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Bluebeam Antenna on the F550

Hello all, I am new to the whole multirotor adventure. I purchased a DJI F550 from a member of this forum and I have flown the unit about 8 times and no crashes. Now I would like to venture in to the FPV realm and I have a question about antenna placement.

My current setup:
-Futaba RX
-NAZA with GPS
-Aeroxcraft Landing Gear
-Aeroxcraft Gimbal - With Metal Gear Servos (Turnigy)
-Stock DJI 2212 Motors
-GoPro Hero 3
-10.5 Carbon Fiber Balanced Props

What I will be adding:
-ImmersionRC 5.8Ghz 600mw Audio/Video Transmitter.
-Fatshark attitude SD Goggles
-5.8 GHz Bluebeam Ultra Antenna Set (RHCP) (IBCrazy)

Questions:

1. What is the best placement for the Bluebeam Antenna on the F550? Concerns, interference with DJI GPS antenna and other forms of interference.
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Old Jun 07, 2013, 09:48 AM
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I would mount it upside down on the Helicopter (make sure you have landing gear so you don't land on it). This way you can't get it tangled in the props and if you do come in for a crushing touchdown, the antenna might bend, but you can just bend it back.
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Old Jun 07, 2013, 09:57 AM
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Thanks for the review, Matt. I see you got the early revisions and not the newer ones.
Yep, I had the early one. Unfortunately, I didn't tighten it down well after removing it and it fell over into the blades of my quad! Ill be ordering a new one soon.
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Old Jun 27, 2013, 11:21 AM
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WebDr, Alex,

Can you explain the main difference between a Skew Planar wheel/ Cloverleaf combo vs the BluBeam Ultra?

I'm using Immersion RC gear at the moment, but looking to upgrade slowly to bigger and better systems. Taken your advice from the "How to be successful in fpv" videos mate.

P.S. was good to see you blow the competition away in the Woggle course haha!
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Old Jun 28, 2013, 09:57 AM
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The Ultras simply have higher axial ratio. This comes in handy in places where the ground has high mineral content (such as in the mountains around where I live) and also helps when flying proximity. Multirotor pilots will see the largest benefit. For 5.8Ghz, the difference is substantial. For 2.4 and 1.3GHz, the difference is less substantial.

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Old Jun 28, 2013, 11:07 AM
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The Ultras simply have higher axial ratio. This comes in handy in places where the ground has high mineral content (such as in the mountains around where I live) and also helps when flying proximity. Multirotor pilots will see the largest benefit. For 5.8Ghz, the difference is substantial. For 2.4 and 1.3GHz, the difference is less substantial.

-Alex
When I upgraded to the bluebeams ultras I noticed a difference. Very happy with them
On my quad. I use 1.3.
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Old Jun 28, 2013, 09:24 PM
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^At the Pecan patch we had a pilot out 5.5 miles and somebody was picking up his video on the Mad Mushroom. I could hardly believe it. 5.5 miles is ridiculous for omni antennas but the Ultras did it on 600mW.

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Old Jul 11, 2013, 10:13 PM
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Blue beam SPW

Alex,

I ordered the new Blue Beam Ultra to replace the Blue Beam that got mangled in my quad's prop. Is there going to be any issue with using the BBU CL with the BB SPW?
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