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Aug 28, 2009, 01:07 PM
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A few people have asked quite detailed questions about the wiring of the airplane, so here is a much more detailed wiring diagram
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Aug 28, 2009, 01:08 PM
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Very nice flight playing in the clouds

Playing in the Clouds (6 min 26 sec)
Aug 28, 2009, 01:10 PM
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Updated video showing my new base station. Servocity Pan and tilt, YellowJacket diversity Rx, video distribution amp, LCD screen, Panel mounted voltmeter

Base Station (1 min 16 sec)
Aug 28, 2009, 04:05 PM
Tom Para
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Nice job Mike. Undoubtedly one of the best FPV setups in the States. I am working hard to put a descent station together here. Thanks for sharing your ideas.
Aug 28, 2009, 06:52 PM
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Hi, thank you for the diagram, it is great. Why three line buffers? FMA suggest only one.
Aug 28, 2009, 07:56 PM
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you need one for each input to the copilot... the buffer adds a few milliseconds of delay to the signal. Futaba PCM recievers output all 9 signals at the same time, so this is why the buffers are necessary.

say the buffer adds 50ms of time to the signal... that means

Aileron 0ms
control 50ms
Elevator 100ms

you only need one if there is no control line and you are using a fixed gain
Aug 28, 2009, 08:18 PM
define("BEASTMODE", "1");
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I'm sure someone will tell you that you get what you pay for and to ignore my suggestion, but the best receiver I've ever used for FPV was a Coronoa RP8D1 synthesized 8-channel one. They are dirt cheap, like 20-25 bucks if I recall. I've been as far as 2km with the receiver about 6 inches away from a 1.5W transmitter with no issues.

Edit - didn't realize there were multiple pages to this thread!
Sep 12, 2009, 07:29 PM
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another nice flight of the queen bee today.

Dancing in the Clouds (6 min 58 sec)
Sep 12, 2009, 10:40 PM
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Gorgeous!
Especially at 2:30ish when your skirting along the wall of the cloud.
Are you flying tomorrow?
Maybe Ill come down your way tomorrow if you are...
Oct 10, 2009, 05:05 PM
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I squeezed a flight in today before some storms blew in... the wind was about 20-25mph and when gliding, I was not making much headway! I was just parked overhead!

All in all a nice flight in a new location.

Flying over lake Lanier (3 min 16 sec)
Oct 18, 2009, 09:30 PM
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We spent the weekend with friends at their beach house in North Carolina. I was able to bring my plane and got 2 good flights in on the beach.

Flying on the beach (6 min 14 sec)
Oct 18, 2009, 10:00 PM
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Very cool!
That wing casts a big shadow

Hows the Cularis build going?
Oct 18, 2009, 10:38 PM
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slowly... I am actually waiting for a crystal for my 72mhz radio....
Oct 19, 2009, 10:18 AM
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I have received some questions about the base station I am using, so I thought I would post some of the details. See more information in the thread here
Oct 19, 2009, 11:17 AM
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Nice Flying


Congratulations Mike on the new Ham ticket. A real credit to our hobby.
de WA8ZAH


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