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HelicopterAerial Photography and Video › HELP! Downlink quit . One needed ASAP!!
10-18-2004 08:14 AM  13 years agoPost 1
hobbyguy4

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Hey Guys,
My blackwidow digilive just crapped out on me today for no reason during a photo shoot with customer onsite. Very unfortunate, but we got the shots blind anyway and the customer was blown away with the results. But, I have a very important meeting Tuesday and can't be without one. Does anybody have an extra 2.4g or 900mh full system that can be next day aired out for a Tuesday morning delivery? It can be paid by Paypal, Cashiers Check, Money Order, COD or I can ask my wife if she is busy next weekend. However you prefer, I just have to get it ASAP. I live in Lafayette Indiana. If anyone can help please contact me right away.

Thanks a ton

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10-18-2004 08:30 AM  13 years agoPost 2
NoSoMo

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Blackwidow AV does. I was in the same boat. Discovered I needed it Sat afternoon, had it in hand monday.

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10-18-2004 09:06 AM  13 years agoPost 3
hobbyguy4

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Yeah Bill at Blackwidow is great. I emailed him as well to see if he has any on hand. If he does, then I am definitely purchasing at least one more. But in the mean time, I still want to come up with an alternative just in case. I don't even mind buying a couple systems to back up my back up. I am not sure what happened with this digilive system. it just started flaking out in one flight and wouldn't come back on. Slight pressure on the side of the casing gives an intermittent signal, but nothing I can rely on for the fire dept. Unlucky timing too. Century 21 rep was on sight to see the service. She didn't get to see the live feed, but she love the pictures anyway and ordered several locations for shooting immediately after.
I just need to get my hands on a couple systems by Tuesday morning so I have a working downlink. As soon as I have info from anyone that can send one, I will reply and finish this topic with a confirmation. Thanks in advance for the help
Sean

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10-18-2004 03:32 PM  13 years agoPost 4
SkyQuest

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North Carolina

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I spoke with Bill from Black Widow last week and he had no Digilive system. Possible 1 month wait. But you can order the 900mhz video system without the CCD camera. Then connect a RCA jack to the transmitter and it works fine as a Digilive system.

Hope this helps.

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10-18-2004 03:43 PM  13 years agoPost 5
Brant

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I could not find a phone number on the BlackWidow website. Can someone please post it? I don't want to order something on line that I need in a hurry not knowing if it is even in stock or worse, on a one month backorder.

Brant

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10-18-2004 04:41 PM  13 years agoPost 6
gpyros

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BlackWidow repair

I had something similar happen - turns out that one of the thin input cables had scraped against a sharp edge of the metal case and broken.

Did you try snapping the transmitter apart to see if it was something obvious that could be soldered back together? It opens up pretty easily.

After soldering it back together I added a dab of hot glue to make sure it wouldn't happen again.

Greg

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10-18-2004 07:51 PM  13 years agoPost 7
hobbyguy4

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Lafayette Indiana

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I haven't tried a repair on it yet. It does appear to be just a poor solder joint creating a intermittent problem, which is no biggie to fix. Later in the week when time permits I will open the case and see which connection is needing work.
It looks like Tim at Helicam in Iowa is the first gentleman that can get me a downlink by the morning. So a big thanks to him for helping with the next day air. Crossing my fingers that every system works for tomorrow, and that our backups are ready just in case. Tim was very helpful on the phone this morning with their 2.4g downlink system. He stated the range was up to 1 1/2 miles. Only info I didn't gather, was the weight of the transmitter, operating voltage, and milliwatt output.
Sean

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