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04-05-2011 05:02 AM  6 years agoPost 1
Joel Rosenzweig

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I'm interested in flying FPV with my Gaui quadcopter. What camera and video transmitter/receiver system do you recommend for something that has good to excellent video quality, and range of at least 1000 feet?

I'm currently using a Spektrum 2.4GHz radio link.

If you have any links to purchase a given system, please share.

Thank you,
Joel

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04-05-2011 10:30 AM  6 years agoPost 2
wrongler

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ReadyMadeRC has everything you will need to get up and running, He is a great guy to work with and will give you all the help you need.

I bought all my FPV from him, I had a problem with a brand new TX and he had a new one shipped to me the day I told him about it, and sent extra parts just in case, All at no charge, with a return envelope for the bad parts! A+ service.

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04-06-2011 02:44 AM  6 years agoPost 3
Joel Rosenzweig

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Thanks for the heads up about ReadyMadeRC.

He has several different camera systems to choose from. Is there one in particular that you recommend? Is one better than another for use with a 2.4GHz radio system?

Thanks,
Joel

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04-06-2011 10:41 AM  6 years agoPost 4
wrongler

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Tell ReadyMadeRC what you are looking for and he will set you up with a complete system, I got everything from him for around $700. Have not used it yet, but everything bench tested perfect, Just waiting to learn how to fly better. Good luck with your project.

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04-07-2011 02:30 AM  6 years agoPost 5
Joel Rosenzweig

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Thanks. I'll check them out.

Joel

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04-07-2011 07:58 AM  6 years agoPost 6
philip 01

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what is a good, relatively inexpensive setup?

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04-07-2011 10:32 AM  6 years agoPost 7
wrongler

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Check out ReadyMadeRC, you can see everything he has to offer and he will set you up. I had no knowledge of FPV and he made it simple. Set me up with a good system that was around $700 with the goggles and I am quite satisfied with the results, clear color video in the goggles.
Im sure you can spend more, and I know you can spend less at HobbyKing, but I dont believe you will get the quality.

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04-07-2011 06:37 PM  6 years agoPost 8
Joel Rosenzweig

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Hi Wrongler,

Which camera system did you end up buying? And on what frequency band?

I see there are systems on 900, 1.2GHz, 2.4GHz and 5.x GHz. I know I should avoid using the same band that my receiver is on, so 2.4GHz I'd out for me. But I don't know if there is any reason to opt for one band or another. I would expect possibly longer range video transmission at a lower frequency, but I don't know if the limitations are a practical problem or not. I just want to play with it, not fly something out of sight.

Joel

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04-07-2011 09:19 PM  6 years agoPost 9
wrongler

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I started with the basic package and added Fat Shark goggles, Pan and tilt Pod with servos, and a better patch antenna.

Advanced FPV Starter Package: 1.3GHz
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Eagle Tree OSD Pro-Ready...see option below!

No more guessing regarding what gear to buy or how to get started. This is everything you need to get started in FPV flying with the exception of your viewing device. Add a pair of goggles or use your own camcorder or portable TV and you're ready to go!

This is one step up from the basic package, now using the RMRC-480 camera and a patch antenna for better picture quality and better range.

Ready to plug in your batteries (included!) and go!

Includes:

•RMRC-480 Camera with OSD

•1.3GHz 300mW Transmitter (set at 1280MHz for US/Canada sales)

•1.3GHz Receiver
•Power Cable for Receiver (may vary from product photo)

•8dBi Patch Antenna

•460mAh 3s batteries (2) or 500mAh 3s batteries (2) depending on availability

•Light weight cables ready for transmitter and camera (and ready to plug directly in to the Eagle Tree OSD, which is an option below!)
Total weight of camera/transmitter/cables:
76g (2.7oz) without battery
116g (4.1oz) with battery

Instructions: HERE

Notice: The use and operation of this product in the USA and other countries may require an amateur/ham radio license, and some countries may forbid its use entirely. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to ensure that the use of this product meets the requirements imposed by your government’s rules and regulations for RF devices. Do not purchase this product if you are unsure of the government requirements or are not able to comply with them. ReadyMadeRC cannot be held responsible for your actions if you purchase and/or use this product in violation of your government's regulations. Frequencies not allowed in the US will be disabled for those items shipped to US addresses.
•Model: 1.3GHZADVANCED
•Shipping Weight: 2.8
•3 Units in Stock
•Manufactured by: ReadyMadeRC

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04-07-2011 10:36 PM  6 years agoPost 10
mbrewer

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My understanding is that lower frequency signals will pass through objects better than high frequency with the same output power.

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04-14-2011 11:46 AM  6 years agoPost 11
MartyH

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I went 900Mhz partially for this reason. The range and quality I get downlinked is amazing! What a cool hobby. You do need an amateur radio license to use that band. KC9QJA.

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06-14-2011 06:43 PM  6 years agoPost 12
Joel Rosenzweig

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I decided to go ahead with the ReadyMadeRC 1.3GHz advanced starter package. I ordered it with the patch antenna for the receiver, and upgraded the 300mW TX to the 700mW version. I don't know if the TX upgrade is all that necessary for my purposes, but it was only another $15 so I figured I'd give it a try.

I did a quick test to see how it worked, and so far, I'm quite pleased. For my test, I connected the RX to my television inside my house, and had my son hand hold the camera + TX and walk outside around the circumference of the house. I studied the video output while he walked. It was quite good. It was stable and clear, and the colors were great, too. The image itself is distorted due to the lens on the camera, but, I think this distortion is not so important for FPV flying. If I were filming movies with it, I'd prefer a better lens, and an HD camera.

For comparison, I had repeated the same experiment with a 2.4GHz camera system I had started out with several years ago, but never got to use. The 2.4GHz camera system did fade in and out under the same circumstances. The improvements I got from the 1.3GHz system were exactly what I was hoping for, plus it's compatible with my 2.4GHz radio equipment, which was the real driving factor in the equipment changeover.

I'll be mounting the 1.3GHz unit to my Gaui X-330 soon, and will see how it does for my line of site flight path. I expect it will work great. The RX + monitor will be outside with the model when I do this and the TX will be at altitude, so the signal fidelity and range only gets better than what I observed in my experiment.

Now I have to determine if I'd like to fly with goggles vs. watching a TV monitor.

Joel

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06-15-2011 12:26 AM  6 years agoPost 13
juz70

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Nice work Joel

thats the system I got for my 330x. Except, I stayed with the 300mW tx. With 2.4gHz rc, 300mW is more than enough. I think that 700 is too big and heavy and sucks too much power. My RC system will cut out way before my FPV system will. Just my thoughts, though I'm sure it will all be fine. Go with goggles, its easier (and more fun) to fly, no distractions and is very easy to transport.

juz

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06-16-2011 03:47 PM  6 years agoPost 14
Dr.Tim

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I agree Joel, go with the goggles .. I use the iTheater goggles but there are several that are probably better now on the market. You have the same system I have but I am using my GoPro with the readymaderc adapter (cable) .. works nice but the wide angle is a bit weird so I added the eagletree OSD and that helps me position myself.

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06-16-2011 04:03 PM  6 years agoPost 15
Joel Rosenzweig

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The goggles sound like a good solution. I was looking at some but could not tell which one would be a reasonable one to get.

Since I wear eye glasses, is there one model that might work better for me than another? I see that FatShark has a version with no receiver built in, so I can plug my video stream from my separate receiver right into it. That looks ideal. But I don't know if they will fit over my glasses.

I was also wondering about the GoPro camera. I understand that it can output a video stream that you can feed into the TX to broadcast. Is the quality of the image from the GoPro exceptional, and is it a noticeable improvement, when broadcast, from the other standard cameras that ReadyMadeRC sells? I know it's not something I'd be strapping onto my Gaui X-330 .. but perhaps for a larger machine eventually.

Joel

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06-16-2011 04:46 PM  6 years agoPost 16
Dr.Tim

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I fly my 330X with the GoPro Joel. I will be converting to the 500 line camera though as the video quality and lack of Wide Angle view looks better to me plus it will lighten the load a bit. My 330X with the Eagletree OSD , 1.3ghz downlink, 2200mah 3S and 500mah 2s for the downlink and Go Pro camera weighs in at 1090 grams! 10Gram below max weight!! I am looking at the VC-450 quad frame from Hoverthings.com as an upgrade .. then using slightly more powerful motors and 20amp speed controllers ... Looks to be promising .. I think this is what JUZ is using?

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06-16-2011 04:55 PM  6 years agoPost 17
GyroFreak

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Great thread. I have collected all the stuff for FPV but lost some interest, but now you guys are getting me to back into setting it up. Thanks.
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Paul

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06-26-2011 10:22 AM  6 years agoPost 18
HeliEye

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A really light camera

Found this camera on ebay>> [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140559216761&ssPageName=ADME:L:OC:GB:1123[/url]
At 2G, light enough for small models, and 520 lines should be fine.
Also has audio-out. I've ordered one, not arrived yet. it's going to mate with a tiny 5.8GHz 25mW TX, which has been tested to 1500 ft distance, with crude aiming using a small patch on RX.

Steve

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