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Discussion in 'FPV (First Person View)' started by UrAwFuL, May 10, 2014.

  1. UrAwFuL

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    Title says it all. I have no idea what I'm doing. Can someone please point me to the right direction.

    I want to equip my Phantom 2 w/ H3-3D with FPV for recreational use (probably about the size of a park or two) so super-long range is unintended. I mainly just want to see what I'm shooting. Planning on using this with iOSD Mini.

    Looking for a cheap, easy and simple installation with ZERO soldering required (I'm paranoid on soldering). I also remember seeing a video that had a ready-made cable that connects from the Phantom 2 to the FPV transmitter that powers and feeds video (I think), I forgot what it's called or what exactly is it.

    What should I get?! :roll:
     
  2. d4ddyo

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    Simple. Plug and Play.

    1. DJI AVL-58
    2. iOSD mini
    3. DJI FPV Hub
    4. Boscam 5802 Rx Monitor
    5. Fatshark Spironet Antenna (Or u can use the matching DJI Cloverleafs)

    Just follow the diagram to the DJI FPV Hub. My advice is to start at channel 8 on the AVL58 and C-1 on the Boscam. :p

    If you want to get 2km range etc... it's simply antenna placement and antenna types.
     
  3. UrAwFuL

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    Hmm.. I checked out how much all of that would cost.. is there a more affordable one? Hahaha.

    Good to know though!
     
  4. d4ddyo

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    You wanted plug and play no soldering. The above setup is rather inexpensive. The Boscam 5802 has battery, receiver and screen. Just remember you are just buying the DJI AVL 58 transmitter... not the receiver.

    I bought the Boscam 5802 combo with AVL58 for $300. Look for bundles.
     
  5. UrAwFuL

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    I could work with $300. My cart right now was around $500, hahaha.
     
  6. d4ddyo

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    $300 + $69 iOSD + $20 FPV hub... close. LOL
     
  7. UrAwFuL

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    Hmm.. how crazy would it be to go the Fatshark route instead? I don't mind opening up my Phantom 2, it's just the soldering part I'm not really comfortable with.
     
  8. d4ddyo

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    everything else you have to solder something... usually just wires. Solder and heat shrink
     
  9. UrAwFuL

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    Would be great if there were any pre-soldered wires being sold. I'd buy them at whatever price.

    I was looking around YouTube a bit and they say the AVL58 has pretty bad quality and IMO looks pretty huge. I'd want to go with a system that's proven reliable. :geek: Plus if I went with something like the ImmersionRC, I'd also would be saving a lot of money.
     
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  11. UrAwFuL

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    Hmm.. this is what I have so far.

    Mini OSD - $69
    FPV Hub - $12
    AVL-58 Transmitter = $95
    Black Pearl Monitor with Mount - $234
    Cloverleaf Antennas - $???
    Total: $410

    Nobody has answered my cloverleaf antenna capability question thread yet, but would go up to $450-ish.

    I'm planning on shoving all of them but the Transmitter inside for a simple and clean install.
     
  12. JackHandley

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    It's scarilly suprising how many people don't make a clean and tidy look, it really isn't that hard to dusconnect the canbus from the leg and poke it all inside...

    All I have sticking out is the transmitter 3m'ed on to the undercarrage allowing access too the battery compartment.
     
  13. d4ddyo

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    don't put iosd inside unless you want to open case when you need to update it. fatshark spironets are less than $40 a pAIR
     
  14. UrAwFuL

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    OK fine. Haha. And the fatsharks for $40 at hobbyking... that's gonna take forever!! :( :(
     
  15. GhostMaster

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    This is cheap and works very well:

    Boscam TS353 400mw: http://j.mp/1gJ6t7s
    Boscam 7" RX-LCD5802 5.8GHz Diversity Receiver: http://j.mp/1lZuham
    LCD Battery Charger: http://j.mp/1h3CreQ

    With stock antennas you should get arround 1km range, changing antennas you could get 2km+. I recommend helical and cloverleaf.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te9VbVg9EUM[/youtube]

    Total price with antennas will be arround 250$.

    You can get a 10$ cupon to Banggood if you register here: http://j.mp/RkDaDl
     
  16. badbrad97

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    I had this exact same set up using the IBCrazy Blue cloverleafs and could not get much over 100 meters with LOS before it was breaking up.

    I switched to the Immersion 600mw and Spironets and now I still only get about 500 meters with LOS.

    Can I ask what channel you are using on the 400mw?
    Thanks
     
  17. GhostMaster

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    Ch4 its the best, that must be something wrong with your antenna or video tx, did you plug the video tx ON without the antenna? Are you mixing RHCP and LHCP?

    With this VTX you should get clear picture At least At 1km.
     
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    I have the AVL-58 and was getting a lot of frustration. AVL-58 is boscam, and I almost gave up and bought a immersion.

    Here's what I tried in antenna. DJI cloverleaf (which i found out are LH)
    next i tried Version 1 Spironets.

    Lastly I tried a nice Pinwheel with a 90 degree angle so it sits straight down below my gimbal. Circular Wireless Helical on the Boscam Rx with the spironet on B ant.

    Channel 8 on the AVL-58 and manually tuned to C-1. I found out that the boscam doesn't necessarily tune to the right channel. I also heard with the immersion doesn't play well with boscam.

    Now I get about 1.5km range without a hitch and without orientation issues. crystal clear in an area where there is a ton of interference
     
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    I am sure I never powered up without the antenna on the tx. I used channel 7 on the 400mw Boscam and let it scan for best signal. I used channel 17 on the 600mw Immersion and scanned for best signal. So I am thinking it is something that I am doing wrong with the receiver. I have tried letting it hover when the signal started to break up and rescan, but that didn't help.

    If I currently have the 600mw installed and it is on channel 17, is there a chart someplace that shows what the rx should be turned to?

    I am not familiar yet with RHCP and LHCP, what is that?
     
  20. d4ddyo

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    It is the direction the Antenna is wound. Yes... google your tx and rx. that's how I found what channels to try and how to tune.