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Dec 12, 2009, 07:41 PM
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lol, reminds me... I watched Transformers (2) last night and i kinda thought of "us lot" when it got to the bit where the military sent up the UAV's Sorta looked like the image Tarro attached... Would be good... If i won the lottery i think i'd create a command center in a basement somewhere (like a bat-cave LOL) with UAV launchpad (like thunderbirds)..

Anyway, enough dreaming!!


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Dec 15, 2009, 05:47 PM
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Another Craig TV GS

Nothing new, but here's my GS.

* DPCAV 900ghz VTX with Patch
* Craig 15" HD LCD TV
* Aiptek Video recorder
* 7" car DVD monitor fed from video recorder
* 8 Amp hour sealed battery/ with volt meter on cable

The 7" acts as a backup in case the LCD TV blues-out. It also has enough video cable, that a guest can hold it to watch the action.

Last edited by Ellis108; Dec 15, 2009 at 06:39 PM.
Dec 15, 2009, 06:24 PM
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Where did you get the LCD volt meter? I need something like that for my ground station so I can keep an eye on the lead acid battery in it.
Dec 15, 2009, 06:35 PM
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Get a couple, they're handy.

Dec 15, 2009, 06:42 PM
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I just ordered 2 of those neat meters, I like lights on my GS.
Who has more fun than us FPVers?
Dec 15, 2009, 06:43 PM
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Great, thanks!

Are these the ones that cycle through each cell when connected to a balance plug? Can you set it to show just the total pack voltage all the time? I've often thought of using one onboard my Slowstick so I could see the pack voltage, but didn't like the idea of it cycling though each cell all the time.
Dec 15, 2009, 07:00 PM
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Yes. It didn't want to work on the 1st cell pin, so I hooked it to 2nd cell pin. It reads "cell-1(0)...cell 2 (12.6)... total (12.6)"

I could't find a better option, and you get used to the flashing.


P.S. somebody could prolly find some other wiring options to get just total voltage.
Dec 15, 2009, 07:03 PM
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This one switches between volts and amps...
Dec 15, 2009, 07:06 PM
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Craig TV seems to be popular.....yet another one....

Home Depot Box
Craig 12v TV/Monitor
BNC to VGA convertor
Aiptek dvr
900 mhz dual av rx with patch
DX7 with 2.4 ghz patch and 500mw amp
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Dec 15, 2009, 07:08 PM
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NOW you tell me!

I'll have to get one - if the shipping is not ridiculoso.
Dec 15, 2009, 07:33 PM
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Damn and I just got an order in from Hobby King that I waited 3 weeks on... lol Guess I'll have to place another order soon, and start the waiting all over again!

Thanks for the link!
Dec 15, 2009, 07:40 PM
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I don't need amp draw on my GS battery and the flashing is going to look like something special is going on.
I am just going to tap wire with a servo connector from my power strip and plug it in.
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Dec 15, 2009, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Tarro
I don't need amp draw on my GS battery and the flashing is going to look like something special is going on..
Hahaha... That's what I was thinking - but didn't want to say it.

Dec 16, 2009, 03:49 PM
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What size lipo is everyone using for your ground station? I've been using NiMh packs and they work fine, but I always feel the need to peak charge them right before I fly. I also can't get the video splitter to function with just 8 NiMh cells.
I know there are lots of variables, but I'm looking to power all of these on 12V:
video rx
7" LCD monitor
video splitter
maybe USB charger for Aiptek cam or accesories.
What Mah and C rating should I be looking at for a couple of hours of flying?
Last edited by skunkworks2006; Dec 16, 2009 at 03:56 PM.
Dec 16, 2009, 04:47 PM
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I've got a 3s 5000mAh going in mine... My version 1 case has 2 x 6v lead acid @4Ah which is fine..

My 3s Lipo in my new version (5Ah) will be powering the following:

video splitter - 120mA
TV (12") - 850mA (for guests)
Internal Processor / Electronics - ~200mA
Goggles (Headplay) - 350mA

I'll also have external jack to run Diversity Rx as backup but shouldn't need it as i've modified my Diversity to have Lipo Built inside and lasts a pretty good while on it's own..

So, in total, assuming the TV & goggles are running at the same time we should have around 1.5A current @ 12v and based on the fact i only want to take out max 3000mA from my 5000mA Lipo, i'll get around 2 hours constant use (broken into 25 minute segments, that's a good number of flights in a day!

Hope that helps



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