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Posted by TMacFPV | Nov 07, 2020 @ 10:32 AM | 8,755 Views
Find your drone, plot your flight path & more fun stuff!

Telemetry logging in a simple, quick, 2-step setup "How To" video using another one of OpenTX's outstanding features

Set it up in about 30 seconds and forget it 'till you need/want it

What it is, how to set it up, a short flight, and a few fun uses of it
OpenTX Telemetry Logging (FIND YOUR DRONE!) (9 min 29 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Oct 17, 2020 @ 09:05 AM | 2,146 Views
RadioMaster TX16S new colors & features, "Quick Tips" for the RadioMaster TX16S, a preview of a few new RadioMaster upcoming products, and first flight with new TX16S MAX - this is "Next Level" Stuff!
Color CNC & leather upgrade kits are also now available for the standard TX16S
links to all products are available in the description of the video for those interested
RadioMaster TX16S (NEXT LEVEL STUFF!) (15 min 14 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Jun 27, 2020 @ 09:26 AM | 3,759 Views
Sliders for lunch?!? How 'bout Betaflight sliders?

Okay, here's the 3rd in the Micro FPV Tuning Guide Series

Finished up the 3" build tune with Betaflight 4.2 & RPM filters

Complete Tuning Guide with new easy-to-follow tuning process flowcharts (showing concept of tuning, what values to change and why), & template of CLI commands for both PIDs and filter settings are available

For those unfamiliar with the tuning process and/or tuning with Betaflight 4.2, this should be helpful. Enjoy!
Micro FPV Drone Tuning Guide Part 3 (PIDs and SLIDERS!) (22 min 41 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Jun 14, 2020 @ 04:33 PM | 4,068 Views
Woohoo! Betaflight 4.2 just got released today!🤩
The Dev's at Betaflight just keep making it easier and easier for us to tune our quads.
In this video, I'll go over some quick and simple steps to tune your Micro FPV Drone for smooth performance!
This includes, how to tune PIDs and filters using Betaflight 4.2.
Its a simple PID tuning tutorial that will get you the best performance in the shortest amount of time.
Posted by TMacFPV | Jun 06, 2020 @ 11:27 AM | 5,429 Views
World's smallest stabilized FPV HD video camera! Only 18 grams, the Insta360 GO FPV now has smooth flow with both FlowState AND FPV Stability Modes
Smooth, cinematic, HD videos and 5-minute HD recording time, makes this the most versatile, stabilized HD camera perfect for micro FPV drones!
BOTH FPV Mode (5-min video) AND FPV Stability (follows flips, rolls, & loops)!
FPV features described, how to use them, and side-by-side demo flights of FlowState & FPV Stability
Example mounting options displayed too
Insta360 GO FPV (SMOOTH FLOW!) (14 min 52 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | May 09, 2020 @ 08:45 AM | 6,839 Views
Fly better, smoother, and longer with more precise throttle control!

Increase your skills and throttle control and enjoy more precise flying while making smoother cinematic videos

Get your throttle control dialed-in with higher throttle resolution and better altitude control

Change max throttle at full-stick deflection simply by turning the dial

Its great for "rookie" FPV pilots just learning to fly and used by experienced pilots too!

Ready to get your throttle dialed in?
Jumper T16 OpenTX Throttle Control (DIALED IN!) (12 min 13 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | May 02, 2020 @ 10:35 AM | 6,552 Views
Your Own BF 4.2 Custom OSD Logo at Arming! Programmable from 0.5 - 5 sec duration

Includes creating your own custom logo from scratch, installing Betaflight 4.2, uploading to Betaflight, and proper CLI commands

Fun, "Best Custom Logo" challenge!
Betaflight OSD Custom Logo (STRUT YOUR STUFF!) (17 min 25 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Apr 25, 2020 @ 09:34 AM | 6,038 Views
New receiver protocols added for Jumper T16 - Multi-protocol module (MPM) Dev's do it again!
Now D16 V2.1 compatible!
A number of new protocols have been added recently to the multi-protocol module by the MPM Development Team thank you!
Here's how you can get them with a demo using ACCST D16 v2.1
Jumper T16 (NEW PROTOCOLS!) (19 min 44 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Apr 18, 2020 @ 11:46 AM | 4,831 Views
Do RPM Filters ACTUALLY work?🤔
You tell me!
Here's a quick, side-by-side comparison (through 2 maneuvers on 2 separate flights) of both with & without RPM filters using Betaflight Blackbox Explorer!
Are these filters worth implementing?

Posted by TMacFPV | Apr 11, 2020 @ 09:29 AM | 7,999 Views
Okay, honestly when I normally upgrade to a new Betaflight version for "additional features," those features are usually small improvements and I'm happy.

This RPM Filters feature - OMG! I am a BELIEVER! 🤯

RPM Filters are phenomenal! I really wasn't expecting THAT much of a difference! WOW! 🤩 Full-throttle, hair-pin turns and no prop wash?!? Are you kiddin' me?!?

Where has this been my whole life? Thank you Betaflight Dev's, Jflight, & JazzMaverick!!
Betaflight RPM Filter (SMOOTH FLIGHTS!) (24 min 13 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Apr 03, 2020 @ 03:57 PM | 10,141 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 | 6,247 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 | 8,518 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 | 9,531 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 | 6,103 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 | 4,710 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 | 4,741 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! 🤩

Posted by TMacFPV | Feb 15, 2020 @ 12:19 PM | 4,848 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 | 7,082 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

Posted by TMacFPV | Jan 25, 2020 @ 11:58 AM | 5,801 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)