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 Post subject: My first FPV setup
PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:56 am 
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Met up with my good friend Kenny Sierra this weekend to purchase a FPV system from him. Here is what I received...

My camera ($45)
http://www.getfpv.com/fat-shark-600tvl-cmos-cam.html

Transmitter ($65)
http://www.getfpv.com/fat-shark-5-8ghz- ... itter.html

Power lead ($10)
http://www.getfpv.com/filtered-balance- ... upply.html

Goggles ($300)
http://www.getfpv.com/dominator.html

Battery for goggles ($20)
http://www.getfpv.com/fatshark-7-4v-100 ... ttery.html

5.8 GHz Receiver Module ($44)
http://www.getfpv.com/fatshark-5-8ghz-r ... odule.html

Then I ordered this camera to record my flights... ($79)
http://www.getfpv.com/mobius-action-cam ... 0p-hd.html

I've been playing around with it for now and seems to work great. Probably going to pick up a Blade 350 QX as my first FPV aircraft. Should be good due to the "return home" & "altitude hold" features.

I also spoke with Joe Doran about increasing the range of the system. He has a simply solution that isn't too expensive, so that me be sooner than later. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: My first FPV setup
PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:21 pm 
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So, what was the final financial damage?

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 Post subject: Re: My first FPV setup
PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:57 pm 
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If you purchased the FPV system it would run you right at $440 because they have free shipping. Kenny gave me a bit of a discount since it is used and I'm such a nice guy. :rolling

If you add the $79 camera to record you are looking at $519 total.

The advantages of this camera over a GoPro is that is has less wind resistance and cheaper if damaged in a crash.

The resolution, cost and simplicity of this setup is nice. Only downside is the inability to fly behind trees or a building.

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 Post subject: Re: My first FPV setup
PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:21 pm 
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Bobby Barr wrote:
Only downside is the inability to fly behind trees or a building.

Try using The Force and see if that helps. :)

Don't you also need a separate video receiver for the Dominator goggles? Which one did Kenny sell you?

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 Post subject: Re: My first FPV setup
PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:49 pm 
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These have a build in receiver, so no separate one necessary. :)

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 Post subject: Re: My first FPV setup
PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:31 pm 
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Bobby Barr wrote:
These have a build in receiver, so no separate one necessary. :)

Take a look at the product page you linked to and notice the "The modular (sold separately) 2.4Ghz or 5.8Ghz video receivers..." comment. To get the onboard receiver they recommend, you have to fork out another $44.

Does the setup Kenny's sold you use monopole antennas or cloverleafs?

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 Post subject: Re: My first FPV setup
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:06 am 
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Looks good Bobby. You will not believe how addictive FPV is.
Let us know how you get on with the mobius. I m using an 808 #16 for exactly the same reason. Plus these key chain cameras are so small you don't need special airframes to carry them.


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 Post subject: Re: My first FPV setup
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:54 am 
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I guess mine was already in there so I didn't realize that it didn't come with that. Add another $44 to the totals.

$484 for FPV system

If you add the $79 camera to record you are looking at $563 total.

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 Post subject: Re: My first FPV setup
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:55 am 
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Tried it out on my Traxxas Slash yesterday. Man this thing is fun. :thumbup:

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 Post subject: Re: My first FPV setup
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:43 am 
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Invest in some bluebeam ultras to extend your distance and ability to stay in phase when you start banking around on whatever air craft you put this on


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