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Posted by phillb | Mar 19, 2019 @ 05:26 PM | 774 Views
I am trying to setup FPV and I thought I'd share my experiences as a complete beginner.

Since posting on here a while ago:

I ordered:
  • Eachine GOTG02 video receiver.
  • Run Cam Swift Mini
  • Tramp HV 5.8GHz Video Transmitter

After waiting for months, they finally arrived. Only today did I actually get a chance to connect it all up!

About me: I hate soldering! I was glad to see that for the first bench test, none was required.

Between the free cables and connectors supplied in the transmitter and camera boxes, I could connect everything. I was very paranoid that something would blow up when I connected the battery, finally I plucked up the courage and connected it. A little red light appeared on the transmitter as soon as I did and nothing emitted smoke which was great.

Next, I connected the receiver to my phone and launched the FPViewer app on my Samsung Galaxy S7. It scanned the frequencies and I could see my kitchen!

Latency Test
Someone mentioned that latency could be an issue with this setup. I decided to perform a test. I filmed my phone whilst it was displaying the camera's video feed. I then dropped an object in front of both camera. After reviewing the footage, I think the delay was only around three to four frames. At 25 fps, this equates to between 0.12 and 0.16 seconds.

To me this is a big relief!

Next Steps
  • Buy some adapters for the power connectors so I can connect the Tramp to my main battery
  • Think about mounting the transmitter and camera to the plane
  • Think about mounting my phone to my transmitter - I have some ideas on this! Will update soon