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Posted by TMacFPV | Jun 14, 2019 @ 04:37 PM | 791 Views
Got some extra wood laying around the house? Why not build your own Do-It-Yourself (DIY) FPV Start Block?!? It keeps your Quad’s props clear from tall grass and gives it a “Starting Chance!” Launch yourself into the realm of possibilities with the FPV Start Block, Launch Block, Launch Pad or whatever else you want to call it-just build it!🏁
FPV START BLOCK (5 min 28 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Jun 08, 2019 @ 07:42 AM | 503 Views
We’ve created an Intro Course to FPV with stuff also for experienced pilots looking to help others.
9-10% Multiple-Use Gear Discounts Good Through End of 2019! 👍
Should help folks get started with FPV more easily, quickly, and less expensively overall.
Enrollment opens Saturday, June 8th at 12:00 pm EDT (U.S.) = UTC-4 hrs
FREE to First 5 Enrollees!

Fast Track FPV Course – Your Clear Flight Path to FPV Fun! Learn FPV- Now’s the Time!
Saves time - no need to scour the web = more Fun Sooner!
Saves money - Best Value "Future Proof" Gear
Discounts to FPV Gear
Affiliate Program - introduce others to FPV FUN & earn $
Teaches Legal Flying - safe & responsible
12 Practice "Skills & Drills" Flight Lessons
Includes down-loadable Resources & BONUSES!
Easy-to-Follow Checklists
Important "Links to Know"
Private Fast Track FPV Motivational Support Group
Complete Instructions for your own Do-It-Yourself Inexpensive FPV Race Gates & Flags
Quadcopter Build Guides
Graduation Certificate!
Beginner FPV Friendly
Fast Track FPV (6 min 48 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | May 31, 2019 @ 04:48 PM | 543 Views
Today, we complete the BetaFlight 4.0.2 setup of our HGLRC Arrow 3 Hybrid and take it out on its maiden flight. We also reveal the 3rd and FINAL “Keyword” to unlock the Mystery of our Upcoming June 7th Announcement. Use all 3 keywords as clues for your guess as to what the Announcement will be! Put your guess in the comments section of the video. First person (if any) to guess correctly will win a prize to be revealed along with the Announcement on June 7th! Clear Skies Friends!
3 INCH DRONE BUILD SETUP (17 min 11 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | May 25, 2019 @ 08:26 AM | 2,648 Views
A few videos ago, we asked the question which frame should we use to build our 3-Inch Micro FPV Quadcopter, the FlexRC Ascent 3 HD or the HGLRC Arrow 3 Hybrid. At that time "The People's Choice" was the FlexRC Ascent 3 HD and it has turned out to be my favorite flyer-Thank You!

Now, we build out the other 3 inch drone frame, the HGLRC Arrow 3 Hybrid. Why is it a “hybrid?” The front arms are a stretched-X type (narrower) and the rear arms are a “normal-X” type (standard). Theoretically, this "hybrid configuration" should create more stability on the pitch axis and enable smoother and tighter cornering around turns (like on rails!). FPV FlightClub has used this hybrid configuration in their latest racing frames the 5" Proton-R and Neutron-R. One of the (if not, THE) best FPV Race Pilots in the world, Captainvanover, is running this hybrid setup starting this race season!

We complete our Hybrid 3 Inch Drone Build with our own custom components (not the ones which come with the BNF version of this HGLRC Arrow 3 Quad). In the video, we show a complete list of the components we use along with each of their weights, the overall dry weight of the build and the All-Up Weight along with the Thrust-to-Weight Ratio of this build in comparison with that of the FlexRC Ascent 3 HD. Guess which one wins that contest! What do you think of this Hybrid configuration? Also, the 2nd of 3 “Keywords” is revealed to unlock the Mystery of our upcoming announcement. Take a Guess for your chance to Win!
3 INCH DRONE BUILD (7 min 21 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | May 18, 2019 @ 08:10 AM | 1,111 Views
Where can I fly? This is one of the most asked questions by new FPV pilots. The U.S. FAA came out with new rules/guidelines yesterday (May 17, 2019) regarding the recently enacted new law. It’s really not complicated. With the use of Airmap, a simple-to-use and FREE software application for both your mobile phone and desktop, along with a basic understanding of the rules, its easy to find a place to have Fun! The video below shows you how. Although its primarily speaking to a U.S. audience, Airmap works elsewhere as well! Just a happy user of this App. Happy Flying!
AIRMAP (13 min 16 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | May 10, 2019 @ 04:20 PM | 772 Views
Still the Best Value budget goggles in 2019?—we think so!
What do you think? Any better “value” out there?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itTn-o1Dh1o
Posted by TMacFPV | May 03, 2019 @ 04:40 PM | 769 Views
BetaFlight 4.0 Sticks Overlay-"Sticks On Switch" setup & demo along with OSD Profiles and 3 inch Quad PIDs
FPV STICK OVERLAY (8 min 5 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Apr 27, 2019 @ 01:45 PM | 647 Views
WINNER! Free Micro FPV Build Stuff – Gratitude Giveaway Was a Blast! Thanks to all who participated and for your continued support of TMac FPV!!
MICRO FPV GIVEAWAY WINNER (7 min 49 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Apr 20, 2019 @ 06:50 AM | 1,391 Views
About 9 months ago, we started TMac FPV YT channel to document our "Journey to Better" FPV Fun, Flights, and Racing Stuff and share our flight footage and stuff we learn with our family & friends. Within the past week, we have surpassed 100 subscribers! This, to me, is a humbling experience. I am very appreciative of the support from our "TMac FPV Teammates" and want to thank you in some way for that support.

So, we've put together a Micro FPV Build "starter kit" as a Gratitude Giveaway. At least one of the components we're giving away can be used in ANY size Quad, so, if interested go ahead and check it out. It's Free! Once again, Thank You to All! Enjoy & Happy Flying!
MICRO FPV GIVEAWAY (9 min 5 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Apr 13, 2019 @ 08:35 AM | 2,194 Views
After two weeks, the people have spoken and have chosen the FlexRC Ascent 3 HD frame over the HGLRC Arrow 3 Hybrid frame for our 3 inch Micro FPV Quad build. Installed an on-board Runcam Mini DVR fed by the new Caddx Ratel Camera. Picture-in-picture displays of flight footage for both on-board DVR and transmitted video to goggles DVR for comparison. Short clip of build precedes flight footage. PIDS & rates shown at beginning of flight video.


Micro FPV 3 Inch Quadcopter Build (7 min 18 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Apr 05, 2019 @ 04:24 PM | 2,226 Views
Nano-sized Quad with MEGA-sized FUN! We explored the capabilities of the R3DShifters R3DWhoop Ion, a 3D Printed FPV Race Drone! If you’ve never heard of R3D Shifters, it is a company based out of New York City, USA. R3D Shifters currently has 4 different frame kits all made from carbon fiber/nylon filament and 3D printed. This one we have a blast with today is the R3DWhoop Ion. We take it out to a local park and put it through a test of its flight capabilities. Let me tell you, this Little Guy can Rip! On cheap 2S batteries! Wow, this was fun!
Your thoughts on Nano-sized Mega Fun?
3D PRINTED FPV RACE DRONE (4 min 17 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Mar 29, 2019 @ 03:16 PM | 2,394 Views
We're About to build a 3” Micro. Of course, we need a frame. There's SO many out there, how do we choose which one? Came up with 8 important parameters to make a comparison between frames. Used 2 frames to walk through process of comparing those 8 different parameters for choosing ANY frame and compiled data on 31 3-Inch frames from 21 manufacturers in the form of a Micro FPV 3" Frames Guide. Might help others when trying to decide between frames.
MICRO FPV QUADCOPTER PARTS - 3 INCH FRAMES (14 min 25 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Mar 22, 2019 @ 03:21 PM | 2,105 Views
Would appreciate your opinion - 1st attempt at answering question: “What’s the best motor for . . ?” Simple 5-Step Method & 1st Edition Micro FPV Motor Chart with 33 different motors ranging from 40 mm – 3 inch prop support and 2S – 4S. Looking👀 for your feedback on both the 5-Step Method & the Chart. Well-versed & experienced pilots may have this stuff down pat, yet others may not. Thought this could help some folks out, as at least a reference. Your thoughts please?
Micro FPV Race Drone Parts Motors (9 min 20 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Mar 15, 2019 @ 04:27 PM | 2,710 Views
I know these Quaddiction Pop-up gates have been around for a while, however, now RMRC has them at a reduced price of $49.99 for two! Also, you can get an ADDITIONAL 11% OFF by using Coupon Code: POTOFGOLD through March 17th! 😲 So, I couldn’t pass that up! This is my first experience with them and I was completely impressed. Did a quick comparison with Multi-GP standard size gates for 5-inch Quads, review of features, and initial setup. Also, created a simple, easy-to-use instruction sheet for initial setup.
FPV DRONE RACE GATE (13 min 7 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Mar 08, 2019 @ 05:26 PM | 4,372 Views
WINNERS! Thanks to all who played! Taking suggestions in Comments Section of Video for next Giveaway at 100 subscribers (nearly there!) 👍 Like my shirt?🤔
Make Suggestions at:
Drone Bowling (5 min 35 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Mar 06, 2019 @ 08:04 PM | 2,972 Views
2 Days Left Until 2 Free Video Transmitters Giveaway! 🎳 👍
We reviewed the EWRF e708TM3 Pro a couple weeks ago. Outstanding VTX with all the features we like AND an 800mW max output power. It's "little brother" the e7092TM is only 2.1 grams, smart audio also and is an excellent choice for micro builds.

EWRF e708TM3 Pro (800mW Max) & e7092TM (only 2.1g 20x20 mount)
Both 2S-6S Input, Audio Input Pad for camera or external mic

These are brand new in their packages. We're offering free shipping within the U.S. (just don't know how much it is to ship anywhere else!).

Don't think you'll find better FREE VTXs. Besides, we've gotta finish our Drone Bowling game with teh 10th and Final Frame. What will be our Final Total Game Score?

Enter to Win in Video below!
Drone Bowling (5 min 53 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Mar 01, 2019 @ 03:31 PM | 3,706 Views
Now that we've concluded (for now) our mini-series on Micro FPV Drone Parts-Video Transmitters, its time to have some fun. We're going Drone Bowling! Specifically, Whoop Bowling! And, we're also giving away two of the video transmitters we reviewed in our recent Video Transmitter mini-series. 🎳 👍
Enjoy the bowling game, play along for your chance to win! Happy Flying!
Drone Bowling (5 min 53 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Feb 22, 2019 @ 04:11 PM | 2,724 Views
AKK Oscar’s Backpack- Fourth (and last?) Video Transmitter Review in our Micro FPV Drone Parts-VTX Series. SURPRISE Max Output Power! 😲 Full features review, ouput powers tested (you gotta see this to believe it!), and side-by-side videos of fights at Max (200 mW ?) and Min (25 mW) output powers. BONUS Section at End with 5 more Micro FPV Video Transmitters’ Features reviewed. 👍
MICRO FPV DRONE PARTS-VTX AKK BACKPACK (17 min 19 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Feb 15, 2019 @ 01:42 PM | 3,539 Views
Best VTX Yet? Third Video Transmitter Review in our Micro FPV Drone Parts-VTX Series. This one is the EWRF e708TM3 Pro (US Version), 800mW Max output Power! Full features review, ouput powers tested, and and side-by-side videos of fights at Min (25 mW) and Max (800 mW) output powers.
MICRO FPV DRONE PARTS-VTX EWRF e708TM3 Pro (12 min 16 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Feb 08, 2019 @ 02:34 PM | 3,701 Views
Second Video Transmitter Review in our Micro FPV Drone Parts-VTX Series. This one is the MiMiC-X Mini from UBAD. How Good Is UBAD?
Features covered, Ouput Power Tested using ImmersionRC RF Power Meter V2, and side-by-side videos of flights on both min and max powers of 25mW and 800mW to 800 meter range! What do you think of the FPV audio? Raw audio from external (electret) mic straight to MiMiC VTX to earbud in goggles--no GoPro, just the sweet humming of Quad Motors! 👍
MICRO FPV DRONE PARTS-VTX UBAD MIMIC-X MINI (12 min 9 sec)