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09-05-2013 01:58 AM  5 years agoPost 1


San Antonio, TX

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I was wondering if someone could tell me what else is needed with the below setup so I can view where I am flying on my IPad? I am new to Quads and this is my first.

Flame Wheel 450 ARF
Naza-M V2 w/GPS Mini OSD and BTU Module
Go Pro 2 or 3 haven't decided yet
10ch receiver
JR 12x

I have not got a gimbal yet any ideas on this would be helpful as well


09-10-2013 10:41 PM  5 years agoPost 2


Gainesville, Florida, USA

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You don't likely want to actually fly from the iPad, any tablet pc, or laptop. The latency to display the live image is fairly distinct. For instance, you may try to go around an object as it appears on the tablet, then your actual position is so much further that you collide with another object. I've seen tons of people try to go ahead and get around it and done some pretty wild things, but the fact is they all end up going traditional radio VTX to radio VRX.

09-15-2013 02:05 AM  5 years agoPost 3


San Antonio, TX

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Thank you for that info, yes I would prefer to avoid running into things, LOL I hooked my Ipad up to my GoPro via wi-fi and yes it is defiantly not a good idea to fly by, to get an idea as to what your camera is aimed at yes that should be ok.

So the VTX stuff what type of stuff is needed for that and where would one recommend to find and or purchase from? I do have a brushless motor type gimbal on the way so I hope I am headed in the right direction.

Thanks for the help.

09-15-2013 07:01 PM  5 years agoPost 4


Gainesville, Florida, USA

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If you're using a gimbal, don't FPV from it. Let it be a camera on it's own (GoPro or whatever).

If you want good range and penetration go with 1.2/3Ghz.

Pick out a CCD cam from here in your price range:

I use the 700tvl cams like this one.

You can find the same cam cheaper if you look around. I've found them as low as $50 bucks. But you'll not likely get any support. If you use the one from, the support is phenomenal.

Start simple and skip the diversity controllers at first and just get a single VTX/VRX, 1 Skew planer antenna, and one Cloverleaf antenna. Skew planer on the ground and cloverleaf in the air.

1.3 GHz 1200-1360MHz SPW12 RCHP Skew Planar Wheel Antenna
1.3 GHz Airscrew Cloverleaf Ultra Antenna (RHCP) IBCrazy
900MHz-1.3Ghz Receiver SAW w/1258 Custom RMRC Version 3

If you want to get more distance and end up going with a diversity setup, then all you have to do is add one more VRX (Video Receiver). a diversity controller like the EagleEyes, and an antenna like the crosshair or something of your choice based on how far you want to go.

Eagle Eyes FPV Station with Plastic Case
1.3 GHz 10dBic RHCP Crosshair Antenna (IBCrazy)

If you want to go with a 5.8Ghz setup instead. Again, start simple. Get a set of Fatshark Dominiators and add a 5.8Ghz vrx to them. Or get FatShark Attitude goggles with built in 5.8Ghz VRX. Then get a 250 or 600mW VTX (Video Transmitter) and upgrade the antennas to something better. The stock antennas are very basic.

This is the VRX:
600mW 5.8GHz A/V Transmitter

These antennas work well:
5.8 GHz Bluebeam Ultra Antenna Set (RHCP) IBCrazy

You can do a diversity setup with a ground station for this as well using a Duo5800 v3 A/V Diversity Receiver, that same ground antenna, and add a 5.8 GHz SpiroNET Patch Directional CP Antenna (RHCP) to it. You'll get some great distance with that. Although it's still the poor penetration that goes with 5.8Ghz.

Last but not least. Don't fly over people or private property. Be smart and fly safe. Contribute to the overall reputation of the FPV hobby as a positive, not a negative.

09-25-2013 11:22 PM  5 years agoPost 5


Joliette, QC, Canada

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Your post should be a sticky to this thread! A lot of interesting infos ans links. Thanks!


09-26-2013 03:26 PM  5 years agoPost 6



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Some great information here. Thanks for the post!

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