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Need help modding a FC40 for better FPV

Discussion in 'Phantom FC40 Discussion' started by teebsa, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. teebsa

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    I was leaning towards just upgrading to a V+, but the flyaway stories have me a little spooked. I'm looking at just upgrading my FC40, but am a total newb to FPV.

    I get the gimbal and gopro, but really not finding the FPV gear that I would need. I love the Black Pearl concept (integrated vid rx and battery) but have to stick with 2.4ghz due to my RC frequency. Is there anything like this in a different freq.

    I'm also very interested in telemetry, but not sure how to ingrate something like a mini IOSD.

    Has anyone modded a FC40 or just sell it and get a P2 and build from there?
     
  2. BladHaund

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    This is what you need: http://www.boscamhobby.com/video-tx-rx/ ... x-set.html
    I bought it from here: http://www.banggood.com/Boscam-2_4G-8CH ... 16790.html

    You'll also need some other components. See this post for an explanation: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=15067#p144184. See this website for a graphical depiction: http://www.helipal.com/boscam-5-8ghz-fp ... 500mw.html. Careful, this last link is for a 5.8 GHz system, it's not compatible with the FC40! Also, you don't need 2 batteries to power the RX and the monitor (like they say), you could just get a cable like this: http://www.banggood.com/T-Or-XT60-Conne ... 13094.html and power both the monitor and the RX with a spare Phantom battery.
     
  3. teebsa

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    Any battery powered monitors that don't have the 5.8g rx in it?
     
  4. BladHaund

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    You'll see monitors tend to be found in online stores in two main categories:
    - car monitors, which are cheap (even dirt-cheap, as low as 15$).
    - FPV monitors, which tend to be rather expensive.

    The difference is the "blue screen". Cheaper monitors have circuitry that cut the image when the signal gets weak, and instead display a blue or black screen, hence the name. FPV monitors should display even very noisy images and even just static. So FPV monitors should work more like old TVs. As you can imagine, during flight, static and weak signal can be something common, so monitors that have the "blue screen" "feature" interrupt the image more or less often, however very annoyingly.
    By no means a monitor, even if it's sold as a FPV monitor, does not have the "blue screen". Read the description and the reviews carefully.
    Powering the monitor from a 3S battery is a pretty safe bet, no matter if it is a car or an FPV monitor. 12V is widely supported by almost any monitor sold today.

    Some examples:
    - dirt-cheap car monitor, has 'blue screen': http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-4_3-I ... 63953.html . This one fits the phantom phone holder directly, no other adaptation needed.
    - FPV monitor that the manufacturer claims it has no 'blue screen': http://www.banggood.com/7-Inch-HD-FPV-M ... 06966.html

    From my experience, you can very well use a 'blue screen' monitor, especially if you don't fly very far. It can be annoying, but it's still very usable and many people go the cheap way. If you do find online a 'no blue screen' monitor that is cheaper than what I've found, please post it here or PM me, as I'm interested in upgrading my setup.