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Posted by TMacFPV | Yesterday @ 03:57 PM | 5,150 Views
Do FPV simulators really help? What's the best way to get started in FPV? 🤔

In this video I'll give you my answers to both these questions

I go over . . .
- the benefits of using a Sim to hone your flight skills
- take a quick look at the "Top 3" Sims
- use one of them to build a basic custom track (in 40 sec's!)
- and demo 4 practice drills you can use to get started with FPV flight! 🤩👍
FPV Simulator Use & Practice Drills (LEARN TO FLY!) (16 min 43 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Mar 27, 2020 @ 04:21 PM | 4,046 Views
When's the last time you calibrated the voltage and current for your FPV quadcopter?

Simple steps to fly longer & save your FPV battery, that way, you won't waste money needlessly buying more batteries.

Betaflight voltage & current meter calibration with a bonus of transmitter audible alarms setup to warn you of low FPV battery voltage and remaining current capacity without having to watch your OSD!
FPV Battery Voltage & Current Calibration (FLY LONGER!) (13 min 58 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Mar 21, 2020 @ 09:13 AM | 5,992 Views
Video Aerial Systems (VAS) has developed a new "micro-type" 900 Mhz antenna for use with the TBS Crossfire system.

It's called the XFire Pro and has many features which, according to spec's, make it possibly the new standard for Crossfire receiver antennae!

So, of course, I had to try it out and thought I'd share my results with others.

I compare the XFire Pro antenna with the Immortal T antenna by looking at the spec's of each. I also conduct a basic static performance test of the XFire Pro versus the Immortal T followed by comparison test flights to help you decide which antenna may be the right one for you. Enjoy!
TBS Crossfire Antenna - VAS XFire Pro (NEW STANDARD!) (10 min 37 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Mar 13, 2020 @ 12:33 PM | 6,576 Views
"Just to see what happens" . . .

8 different 3" & 4" "mixed prop" configuration test flights using Hybrid-X micro frame

7 parameters collected from each flight including flight times and HD video "jello test"

EMAX 1408 3600 Kv AND TMotor F1507 3800 Kv

HQ Props, Gemfans, EMAX Avans

Tri-Blades & B-Blades!
Drone Propellers Explained - SMOOTH Video and Longer Flight Times! (22 min 48 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Mar 07, 2020 @ 09:41 AM | 3,656 Views
TBS Crossfire has sooo many amazing features 🤩

Its telemetry alone has LOTS of options – which can be confusing! 🤪

Today, I'm gonna clear things up with a simple explanation and "How To" setup of TBS control link telemetry – this can SAVE Your Quad! 👌

How you'll use TBS control link telemetry from now on?
TBS Crossfire Telemetry - SAVE YOUR QUAD! (16 min 49 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Feb 29, 2020 @ 09:40 AM | 2,586 Views
Decided to upgrade my T16 with the 2020 version new features. Thought, "might as well do a "How-To" on it!" Jumper T16 2020 Upgrade MADE EASY with post-install "Ops Check" – power ON, flight sim, battery internal charge. Gonna upgrade?
Jumper T16 Upgrade MADE EASY! (18 min 59 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Feb 22, 2020 @ 11:05 AM | 2,180 Views
Couldn't find the type of frame I wanted readily available. Was looking for a lightweight, high-performance, "True-X," Stretch-X, or Hybrid-X Micro frame with HD video capability in a dual-stack configuration.

So, I designed my own! My first design - the TMac Diamondback Rattler!

Please, let me know what you think. Like it, don't like it? Reasons for either? Let me know! I go over all the spec's dimensions, and thoughts behind the purposeful design wit a flight demo at the end. Check out the hyperlinked Table of Contents in the video description if you'd like.

I personally am very happy with how it turned out and it flies outstandingly! 🤩
FPV FRAME - MICRO HIGH PERFORMANCE HD VIDEO DUAL STACKS (22 min 33 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Feb 15, 2020 @ 12:19 PM | 2,742 Views
Best 20x20 Flight Stack Comparison! 🤩 Spec's, features, & more
Which one should you get? 🤔
I've got a "Special" 3-inch build coming up and looking at the following 4 flight stacks to choose from. Decided to go over spec's and features of each in a side-by-side comparison and go through my thought process for choosing the "brains behind the build", thought it might help some folks out. Other ideas? Let me know!
Micro FPV Flight Controller (8 min 3 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Feb 08, 2020 @ 11:07 AM | 4,965 Views
Simple solutions offered to FrSky's incompatible firmware update - FrSky's latest ACCST protocol firmware update (V 2.0.1, dated Jan 16, 2020) is currently not compatible with non-FrSky multiprotocol modules. Here's a few possible alternative options
JUMPER T16 AND FRSKY FIRMWARE (5 min 26 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Jan 25, 2020 @ 11:58 AM | 3,677 Views
"How To" update multi-module firmware in 3 simple steps! 🤩 Do you have the newest firmware on your multi-module? 🤔
Is it time to update? No need to put it off, now it's easy! You can do it in about 5 minutes! The multi-module dev's have made it simple for us by using just your computer and transmitter. No USB-to-serial adapter or special custom-made wiring harness necessary! Here's a short demo for how to do it!
Jumper T16 Multimodule Firmware Update (9 min 33 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Jan 18, 2020 @ 09:30 AM | 5,853 Views
X-Frame Racer with HD Video Camera! All parts listed! Today I build and fly my latest Micro FPV Race Drone with the Caddx Tarsier V2 HD camera that allows me to capture HD video AND at the same time have great FPV video real-time during flight with minimal latency. I've gone to great lengths to find the lightest weight dual-stack X-frame for this build. If you know of another one, please share it with all of us!
Micro FPV Race Drone Build (11 min 20 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Jan 11, 2020 @ 01:11 PM | 3,902 Views
How to update your receiver firmware with your Jumper T16 transmitter! Using your Jumper T16 transmitter you can update your FrSky receiver AND the inexpensive, yet effective, Jumper R1 full-telemetry receiver - I show you how in 3 simple steps!
JUMPER T16 RECEIVER FIRMWARE UPDATE (14 min 6 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Jan 01, 2020 @ 01:10 PM | 3,429 Views
A “Call-to-Action” with brief explanation of FAA proposal, some effects on FPV if implemented in current form, and what you can do to help make it better
FAA REMOTE IDENTIFICATION (9 min 56 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Dec 28, 2019 @ 01:01 PM | 1,783 Views
I've installed the Betaflight Lua script on my Jumper T16. Lua script is just a mini computer program you can execute to do some fun things. The Betaflight Lua script allows you to modify your video transmitter (VTX) frequency, band, channel, & power settings, GPS Rescue parameters, and your quad's PID-tuning parameters through only your transmitter (i.e. without goggles and OSD)!

I've also modified the program a bit the first menu page which shows up is for the VTX parameters (instead of the PID-tuning parameters). However, the process I used in this video to make that change can be used to "jump" to any of the pages as your first page that you desire.
JUMPER T16 BETAFLIGHT LUA SCRIPT (11 min 44 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Dec 21, 2019 @ 08:57 AM | 4,110 Views
Unwrapping the TBS Crossfire for Christmas! 🤩 From unboxing to complete setup of both the TBS Crossfire module and the Nano Receiver in the Jumper T16 transmitter and Betaflight!
JUMPER T16 CROSSFIRE (12 min 40 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Dec 14, 2019 @ 12:10 PM | 6,687 Views
Simple OpenTx for FPV Quad pilots 🤩

Some FPV quad pilots may be relatively new to FPV OR are transferring over from other operating systems to OpenTX and are unfamiliar with what it is, how it works, and how to use its features. It CAN be a steep learning curve yet doesn’t have to be!
Short video streamlines OpenTx for FPV Quad pilots with basics & essentials demonstrated.
Concept of OpenTX info flow demystified so you can implement features on your own! 👌

NOTE: At about the 3:15 time hack mark I speak of binding the receiver in DI16 mode. "Props" to Roger Hughes for reminding me that "Please note that viewers do not necessarily want to select D16 for FrSky with the muti protocol module. If you try this in Europe it will not bind. You have to scroll on passed D16 to either LBT(EU) or LBT (8 chan) for D16 in the EU"
JUMPER T16 OPENTX BASICS (14 min 27 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Dec 07, 2019 @ 09:23 AM | 5,241 Views
Jumper T16 complete telemetry setup (including Betaflight & custom voice warnings) with Jumper R1 full range telemetry receiver. Side-by-side RSSI flight comparison with FrSky R-XSR receiver. Can this less-expensive Jumper R1 compete with the FrSky R-XSR?
JUMPER R1 RECEIVER TELEMETRY SETUP (14 min 57 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Nov 28, 2019 @ 03:34 PM | 3,442 Views
Just a quick, general overview of the main gear you’ll need eventually for your upcoming FPV adventures. This includes recommended options for the best-value beginner bind-and-fly quadcopter, transmitter, goggles, and simulator. This is YOUR Best Beginner FPV Drone Kit! Enjoy!
BEST BEGINNER FPV DRONE KIT (8 min 17 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Nov 19, 2019 @ 05:35 PM | 1,584 Views
Custom Sounds, listen to "Amber"!🤩
Make your own custom voice audio files with text-to-speech editor and listen to music, voice, greetings, and warnings at the flip of a switch!😲
JUMPER T16 OPENTX CUSTOM SOUNDS (13 min 45 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Nov 16, 2019 @ 10:11 AM | 4,423 Views
FPV Drone Parts Revealed! 😲 How well do you know your FPV drone parts? How do they interact with each other? What should you know before buying?
Here's a general overview of the 7 main FPV drone parts. Should help you build your own FPV race drone and assist in trouble-shooting when "things happen!" Short, fun, matching quiz goes along with it!
FPV RACE DRONE PARTS (8 min 45 sec)