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07-08-2008 01:12 AM  9 years agoPost 1
FLAP

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07-08-2008 01:29 AM  9 years agoPost 2
cannibal440

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hahaha that'll be the first thing im gonna try when i get my AP ship going.

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07-08-2008 11:04 PM  9 years agoPost 3
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the patch antenna I got from Nitrospazz works great with the little 200mW blackwidow. Video never dropped out, event at, um, er, 400 feet. I had tried the eyepiece downlink last year before I got the HC3....once. That was enough for me as 1-2 seconds looking at the monitor view results in 'hey, where did my helicopter go' when you look up. Put on the HC3 (or equivalent) and now it's usable. I've had a couple of jobs that it has really helped with. Really cuts down on the number of shots you have to rattle off.
As long as you can deal with the nerd factor and can justify the cost of the gear with return on investment, highly recommended.
Cameramen/women work great, but I found them unreliable and got tired of union type tactics for higher wages (and these were my kids).

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07-08-2008 11:42 PM  9 years agoPost 4
kiwidave1

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Don't worry, I have my thumb on "The Collective".

David

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

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07-09-2008 02:21 AM  9 years agoPost 5
TrexRookie

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HARRR DEE HARR HARRRR!! AHOY MATEY!

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07-09-2008 03:17 AM  9 years agoPost 6
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I don't pay my camera person (woman) one red cent,, she get's it all!!!!

John Crotts
www.soonerhelicamproductions.com

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07-09-2008 03:33 PM  9 years agoPost 7
TCGliderguy

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O.K... I'm going to enter this beauty contest too!
From this distance, I don't look too bad....

http://www.runryder.com/photocache....elfPortrait.jpg

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07-09-2008 04:14 PM  9 years agoPost 8
Handel

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Flap,
what kind of video goggles are you using? Attached to your regular eyewear?
thanks for the help,
Craig

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07-09-2008 05:18 PM  9 years agoPost 9
aambrose

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Crap! Now I'll have to look through some old photos.

Usually my wife will snap a photo of me when I'm least expecting it - usually while I'm preflighting and really concentrating (ie. tongue slightly sticking out).

"What are you doing?! Why are you tilting the camera?!" *CLICK* %@$#&$%@!

Fun thread Gary!


Tony

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07-09-2008 10:11 PM  9 years agoPost 10
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well, it wasn't supposed to be a beauty contest. Was really me just getting my 'nerd' on. But, it's comforting to know I'm the best looking AP'er on the forum

Handel - the monocal is an Icuiti 920 It's not attached to the glasses, its on the side of a headset. I am going to experiment with attaching to either glasses or my hat as the eyepiece has a tendance to slip out of position. The HC3A stabilizer helps out here as I can take my left hand off and reposition.
I use a directional patch antenna attached to my fishing jacket. Works well as it always keeps the antenna pointed at the helo, opposed to putting the receiver antenna in a fixed position on the ground.
Most of the time I can see the view well, nice to be in the shade. In some circumstances the Sun comes from the wrong angle and obscures the view. Been thinking about nerding it up a little more by adding a curtain of some sort to fix that issue.

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07-09-2008 10:27 PM  9 years agoPost 11
TCGliderguy

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>well, it wasn't supposed to be a beauty contest. Was really me just getting my 'nerd' on. But, it's comforting to know I'm the best looking AP'er on the forum<

Yeah...yeah...yeah.... That's like saying, "standing next to those guys, I look smart!"

So can we assume that if you had it to do over again, you'd buy those iCuity glasses again? I'm about to run an appropriations bill past the budget director for some video glasses, and would like to hear from somebody who actually LIKES what they bought.... ?????

-Taylor

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07-09-2008 10:30 PM  9 years agoPost 12
TCGliderguy

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Where did you get that iCuity 920 gizmo?....

The link to the product info on the iCuity website doesn't work, and neither Amazon nor Ebay comes up with anything about the product....

-Taylor

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07-09-2008 10:54 PM  9 years agoPost 13
FLAP

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got it here http://www.tekgear.com/index.cfm?pageID=90&prodid=224

I think one could get by with less expensive model with less resolution. I really don't need color, I just need something I can see if my shot's aligned. For me, worth the cost as my cameraman cost, when I could get one, was 10% of each job. I've already covered that expense.

If you do alot of work and have difficult shots to line up, they are worth the money.

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