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03-12-2003 09:37 PM  14 years agoPost 1
BFV

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Livingston, Montana

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After looking at some of the pictures people have been posting, I have be toying with the idea of putting together a photo rig of my own. I live near Yellowstone National Parks so I would love to get some good pictures. I have a Sony DSC-S85 4.3 MP Camera and both a 30 and 60 size heli. I have looked at some of the systems for sale and search the forum extensivly. I would like to go with a 2.4G downlink and use the video out from the camera to send to the ground RX. My question is what system works well for a hobbiest?? (under 300$ without camera) also how do you wire from the camera to the microwave TX. I have looked around and like the blackwidow system the best but the wirelessvideocamera system also looks nice. I would love to hear your opinions. And see pictures of your setup.

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03-12-2003 09:57 PM  14 years agoPost 2
Skywalker

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West Kentucky

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Your question hits on a component that is both critical in this business and difficult to obtain information about.

I have had two "professional" (over $300) variety wireless video systems and NEITHER performed as well as my $80 hacked and modified RadioShack system.

The RadioShack system works "good" out to about 400ft with only intermitent loss of signal.

If I could find a system that worked FLAWLESSLY out to about 600ft, I would be so happy, but I am getting tired of buying "the good stuff" only to find it works like crap!

Needless to say I will be watching this thread closely myself.

Here are some links and pictures of the system we currently use.

http://www.radioshack.com/product.a...%5Fid=15%2D1972

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03-12-2003 10:14 PM  14 years agoPost 3
ELOSSAM

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Have not tested it but it gives me very good feeling.
http://www.hicam.com.au/pro100.htm
Elossam

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03-13-2003 01:57 AM  14 years agoPost 4
Ford Rollo

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Get in touch with Monte at Wireless. He's an expert on this subject and his equipment is not too expensive. Monte's equipment works!

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03-13-2003 02:30 AM  14 years agoPost 5
d_wheel

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Ford,

Do you have a web site, phone number, email address or some other way to contact Monte?

Later;

D.W.

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03-13-2003 02:46 AM  14 years agoPost 6
JIMSAIR

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03-13-2003 02:48 AM  14 years agoPost 7
flyboy

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MCsalot

The industry satndard from what I hear/read.

http://www.wirelessvideocameras.com

Sure would be easy to click on the add that "used" to be on the home page...........

Fred at http://www.startek.tv Has been EXTREEMLY helpful as well!

Monte (from what I hear) is a little expensive, but has the reputation to command the price he is asking.

Sorry I missed it by a couple of minuets. Damn those, short fat fingers.

Thanks, Flyboy

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03-13-2003 01:38 PM  14 years agoPost 8
MikeDD

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I have some links to these suppliers here;
Heli Aerial Photo Links

Michiana R/C Choppers

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03-14-2003 08:29 PM  14 years agoPost 9
TeleHeli

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If your not doing it commercially, (needing a low power unit at less than 1 milliwatt), I would suggest the blackwidow system. If you can solder, the bare componets price is at a incredible value. The tx puts out a truthfull 100 miliwatts. The rx is rugged, and lends itself to tripod mounting. Most of the amatuer UAV guys are using this unit with excellent results getting a range of well over a thousand feet. this range allows for VR type flight with vr glasses for future projects. As said, if your gonna be charging for you work, you'll need a lower power unit from Monte at WVC.

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03-14-2003 10:16 PM  14 years agoPost 10
d_wheel

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I did a web search for blackwidow systems and came up with 2700 hits. Could you please post a web address?

Thanks;

D.W.

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03-14-2003 10:35 PM  14 years agoPost 11
Skywalker

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