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Dec 29, 2012, 03:39 PM
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Thanks mate.
This is the recent testing on my old ground station with the same gear (except the new video recorder) few day ago.
Camera: PZ0420
Video recorder: My old Pinnacle Video Transfer. (not good enough)
Video tx: fatshark 5.8ghz, 100mW with my home make pinwheels antenna.
Video rx: ImmersionRC duo diversity rx with my home make pinwheels and helical 6.5turns antenna.
RC: Dx7 with RangeLink UHF.
Plane: ezHawk.
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Dec 30, 2012, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by nakelp86
hehe, while back I got sucked in to that switch frenzy LOL.
now I have only two (could have one but my diversity is detachable so it hold its own switch)power for diversity and monitor.
Love this backpack set up as I can fit all I need in there, including RC radio , patch and Xhair antenna and have both hands free to carry a plane , quad or anything else :-)
Nice rig. May I ask for details on the distribution unit on the upper left? The box with the switch, volmeter, and what appears to be both RCA and ehternet cables connecting to it? thx
Dec 30, 2012, 09:40 AM
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Its pretty hard to find the unit these days but someone may sell it I bought the second one from FOR sale thread. I will never part with it thou :-))
More info here and my blog:
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Jan 01, 2013, 07:48 AM
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My new 5.8ghz ground station. Had been busy with this new toy during Christmas
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Jan 01, 2013, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by terencechan
My new 5.8ghz ground station. Had been busy with this new toy during Christmas
Very COOL!!!!
Jan 03, 2013, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Maarten112
That looks so relaxed....Great Job!

Last night I found some time (between learning for my upcoming exams...) to work a little more on my GS. This is how the GS looks now:

Nice setup! is it THIS monitor? any blue screen?

And how do you guys connect your goggles to the groundstation?
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Jan 07, 2013, 09:58 AM
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I am flying multicopters, so I am not looking for really long range, my goal is to have fun, chase birds and make beautiful videos. I also want to fly in places were I did not asked for authorizations and for this I want to remain stealth.

For these purposes, I looked into developing light portable groundstations that can provide me with about one kilometer range.

The first one was mounted onto a hat with a curtain to avoid sun but recently I did the ski google mod for my fpv glasses and changed the hat by a Tumi tote bag. Since the pics, I replaced the carbon plate by glass fiber because carbon was impairing the video signal range.

Here is the gear list:

- 900 MHz receiver
- Stock 1db antenna
- Zeiss cinemizer googles with Bole ski google mod
- CarbonBird / Fpv Japan Video recorder with remote recording button outside the bag
- 5V Ubec to continuously charge googles and Video recorder
- 3S 2200 mAh lipo that can supply the whole thing for about 3 hours

See pictures or my website for full details


T-Rex 550 FB
FPV : Scarab Multiwiicopter Hex-H Vampire, YSiix and Quad FPV Reconn

Jan 07, 2013, 02:08 PM
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looks great and sneaky
Jan 07, 2013, 02:26 PM
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and sooo sexy...
Jan 08, 2013, 05:30 AM
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Here's my groundstation setup. The sun here is pretty harsh, so the pavillion is a must have.
Jan 08, 2013, 11:57 AM
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Please give me that weather
Jan 08, 2013, 03:21 PM
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My first fpv ground station

I just finished the first iteration of my fpv ground station, to use with my LBFPV. I bought a Pelican case and used industrial strength velcro to mount all the stuff. The monitor I bought somewhere a couple of years ago for $30. It's a 10" 4X3 and it does blue screen. It's the guts for an lcd monitor, but it works great. The photos of the screen, don't do it justice.

I used a Pyle, 1in-4out video amp and an SD DVR. I connect the vrx video into the amp and then out to the other stuff. The DVR is set to record D1 at power up, no buttons to press. No bluescreen on that stuff. I have the monitor connected to the out of the DVR, so I can have a running timer for how long the video has been on. I don't fly using the monitor, as there is some delay in processing the video from the in to the out.

I also have a DC-DC power supply that takes 9-18V in and puts out 2.1A @ 12V, into a 5 way power harness. Everything powers from this source. I feed that with a 3S5A lipo, with alarm. I'll put an inline blade fuse holder, when it comes in, with a power on switch, so I don't have to connect/disconnect the deans connector every time. The current drain on the output of the dc-dc is 1.25A, with everything connected and powered up. I was able to remove a battery from the devo4 and connect it to the 12v, through the charging jack and it works great that way. No expensive batteries to buy now. This way, I power up the LBFPV, my fatsharks (powering from a 2S1A lipo, with alarm), then power up the station, and it's rocking, on record.

I have the vrx mounted to the camera plate of a tripod, and run up as high as it will go.

I'm now practicing with the LBFPV, flying with my fatsharks, in my house. I have lots of flight and fpv batteries, and chargers, so I can go almost without pause, racking up minutes of flight each cycle. This is so much fun ... and frustrating. Flying fpv is not an easy thing. Hovering while yawing, is quite difficult. I believe flying outside, in a more or less, forward direction, will be much easier. It is somewhat mentally taxing, keeping up the concentration to notice all the cues and correcting attitude in response. I take a 15 minute break between flights, to come down

Another problem I have right now, is I don't have a mic, so I have to fly purely by visual cues, which ain't easy. I've got a mic I could hook up, and may eventually. Hearing the whine of the motors would be helpful, I think.

Here is an example of the video I'm getting from the dvr. I'm still very new to fpv so you'll have to excuse my poor piloting.


Ladybird FPV 3rd (1 min 2 sec)

Jan 08, 2013, 10:35 PM
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ok guys. I narrowed down my ground station TV to one of these..
Please help with what you feel is the good and bad.

The main kinda bad thing is the samsung is 6 lbs when the naxa is 3. But then again...Better/more electronics???

Last edited by crash74; Jan 08, 2013 at 11:22 PM.
Jan 08, 2013, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by crash74
ok guys. I narrowed down my ground station TV to one of these..
Please help with what you feel is the good and bad.

The main kinda bad thing is the samsung is 6 lbs when the naxa is 3. But then again...Better/more electronics???

Get a 24" LED Supersonic. No blue screen. great monitor. Only uses 45w. Run it all day and more off a 3S lipo. No brainer.

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