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Another newbie struggling with FPV options :(

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Discussion' started by jburnard, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. jburnard

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    Hi everyone,

    Sorry for yet another post on this topic but I've been reading everything here and still don't know what to do. I have had my P2 for a week... just installed the gimble and GoPro and can't wait to get a FPV setup. I don't really do soldering so a complete system ready to go sounds great but I also don't want to get something that I'll want to upgrade right away. On another post I found these links:

    http://www.helipal.com/storm-all-in-one ... eluxe.html
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    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Nt ... av-Search=

    Is this a good/recommended set up? Would I be better off with the DJI FPV Hub? Again, sorry, but the more I read the less sure I am on which way to go. Any thoughts are much appreciated!
     
  2. mysticalice

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  3. Bugsbunnyheli

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    I went with all Dji parts so I could use their Fpv hub and not have to solder anything a real plug and play
     
  4. renidroc

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    Bugsbunnyheli,

    Did you just go fpv or ground station too? Also can you say where you purchased from, does seem to be a minefield of options, can't even see fpv hub on DJI website.

    Cheers
     
  5. jburnard

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    Thanks for the replies everyone!

    I did see that thread mysticalice but it seemed like a pretty extensive set up... wasn't sure if the kit that I posted would be close to as good but ready-made or not.

    Bugsbunnyheli how are you liking your setup? Are you using goggles or a monitor?

    Thanks again everyone :)
     
  6. Xanadu

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    I'll chime in only because I was once in the same boat as you about 1 month ago.

    I ended up ordering the ImmersionRC 600MW transmitter and the BlackPearl monitor w/the battery. I also installed the DJI mini iosd, I can't recommend the iosd enough, it's gives you soooo much data.

    I flew around for a week or two with the stock antennas but eventually ordered and installed a 5 Turn IBcrazy helical and a set of IBcrazy cloverleaf (Madmushroom) antennas. The 5 Turn Helical and one of the cloverleaf antennas (5 lobe) went on the Blackpearl and the 3 lobe went on the ImmersionRC transmitter.

    I understand you're hesitant about the whole soldering thing, so was I, but I can honestly tell you that soldering 2 tiny wires together is quite easy even for a noob (Me). Just make sure you put some heat shrink tubing on them after soldering them.

    I get FANTASTIC range with my setup. Using the stock omni-directional antennas I was able to go about 2.2 miles away and the video isn't what cut out, it was the Phantom controller that gave up.

    I ordered the antennas from http://www.getfpv.com

    http://www.getfpv.com/ibcrazy-5-8-ghz-b ... a-set.html
    http://www.getfpv.com/5-8ghz-9-5dbic-helical.html

    I ordered the Transmitter and Blackpearl from http://www.floridauav.com/

    http://www.floridauav.com/black-pearl-7 ... w-battery/
    http://www.floridauav.com/immersion-600 ... ansmitter/

    There are a lot of instructional videos on Youtube so let anyone know if you need help.

    -Landon
     
  7. jburnard

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    Hi Xanadu,

    Great information, thanks for your post! One question for you... does that monitor attach to your transmitter? Thanks again.
     
  8. OI Photography

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    It will if you use this: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6239
     
  9. d4ddyo

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    you can get all kinds of different monitor mounts for the transmitter. OR... you can just mount it on top of a tripod.
     
  10. Xanadu

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    I was going to order that mount that a member on the forum made but with the actual cost and shipping it was pretty close to $60 US.

    I ended up ordering this:

    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/stor ... duct=40608

    It works great, it's actually carbon fiber so it provides great support.

    -Landon
     
  11. d4ddyo

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    I have the mount that the member is selling... It's really nice... however because it's made from a 3D printer and I'll be traveling alot... I want to break it down and the plastic will wear if I do that because it's a softer plastic.

    I also have that carbon fiber mount. a little bulky and hard to tear down and build every time I fly.

    I'd be happy to sell either for 10 bucks or whatever... i am not going to use either.

    I just purchased this one that mounts to the neckstrap eyelet. so small and perfect. I'll let you know how it works but I bought it from Acesdeals.biz
     

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  12. Xanadu

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    I like that mount a lot, looks like I'll be ordering one.
     
  13. GhostMaster

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    Here is a very cheap FPV setup, you can get 1km+ range with this setup, its a nice start to FPV.
    And if you use a directional antenna on the receiver you could go above 2km.

    Boscam TS351: http://j.mp/1iwjZzR
    Boscam TS353 400mw: http://j.mp/1gJ6t7s
    Boscam receiver RC305 5.8Ghz: http://j.mp/1cRoJjy

    RC305 + TS353 combo: http://j.mp/1iuhzQ6

    Antennas (circular polarized)
    cloverleaf antenna to rx: http://j.mp/1arIRFU
    Cloverleaf antenna to tx: http://j.mp/1dG8kbW

    7" LCD: http://j.mp/1d7kwsr
    Boscam 7" RX-LCD5802 5.8GHz Diversity Receiver: http://j.mp/1lZuham

    Just to show how well this setup works here is a video i found on youtube (4.6 km on minute 8:14), in the description is the setup used, and you can read RC305 and TS351, just like this setup:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pkYzuNXp_c
     
  14. jburnard

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    Hi d4ddyo,

    Love the looks of that mount. Yes please let us know how you like it! Thanks!