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Attention: RC-CAM.com will be closing down August 2021.

The RC-Cam.com forum was the very first online community dedicated to the advancement of wireless video cameras on radio controlled (R/C) models. This is now called "FPV" (First Person View). We are proud of the contributions that our members have made to the FPV hobby.

We've seen significant changes over the last twenty years. Initially there were a lot of eager R/C hobbyist that built their own video systems. Allowing these creative individuals to share their work was the purpose of this site. Now the FPV market is flooded with low cost systems; Sadly DiY FPV video projects are now rarely discussed.

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Dave Jones

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  1. Tom.

    There is no need to to punch a hole in your watertight camera enclosure.

    Simply build a patch antenna and glue it to the inside of the box then on the out side of the box make an identical patch antenna solder the coax cable to the 2nd antenna and encase it in epoxy or some other resin making sure you have a water tight seal around the coax.

    Glue this external antenna to the outside of the box matching the position of the inside antenna, conect the other end of the coax to your 2.4 viceo receiver.

    Use a good 50 ohm coax, I have done this using low cost RG6 coax and sent 2.4GHz about 100 ft with out any problems even with 75 ohm RG6 coax.

    Use a strain relief and a don't stress the coax.

    Good luck and let us know how it works.

    Dave Jones

  2. Terry

    Please go to

    http://www.klarichelectronics.com/kedrx-2401.htm

    and take a look at the demo video of Matt Klarich's Diversity Receiver,

    Matt worked here at AUAV at the time that he developed the first prototype.

    I have to say that the prototype was outstanding and his new versions are even better.

    Just so you know I don't receive any compensation for promoting Matt's product other than knowing that it will do the job for you.

    Dave Jones

    AUAV.net

  3. shedao

    In my early days of UAV work I have had a few of my UAV's do some aerobatics, of course it was unintentional but they did some very interesting aerobatics none the less.

    If you go to my web site at http://www.auav.net/ and look at the video of the The Newest Twin Boom Pusher from AUAV (click on the photo) you can see it doing some mild aerobatics, I was hand flying it at the time but I can't see any reason that it would not be possible to design a preprogrammed aerobatics routine.

    All it takes is the time and the will to do it and the most important parts is $$$$$.

    Dave Jones

    AUAV.net

  4. Cyber-Flyer

    I agree with you that there are some that will interpret the new rule #9 claming that the PDC10 or my Ezi-Nav system is a violation of rule 9 because it can be reprogrammed to fly out of sight even though it may only have one way point that is well within the visual range of the pilot.

    Again Rule #9 states that No model aircraft shall be equipped with devices which allow it to be flown to a selected location which is beyond the visual range of the pilot.

    The way that I and ALL (well most) of my fellow club members see it, is like this.

    If I only have way points that are well within the visual range of the pilot then the aircraft is not equipped with a device that would allow it to fly to way points that is out of the visual range of the pilot.

    If I was to input way points that are out of the visual range of the pilot I would then be in violation of rule # 9.

    This would be the same as having a computer with DOS on it as the operating system and then trying to run a application written for Windows with out having windows installed on the computer it will not do it.

    I would be happy to help you in any way that I can to get FPV activity legalized within AMA I would be happy to help you with the writing of the proposal to the AMA. I spoke with Dave Brown a few years back and he indicated to me that if we could get enough of us together to create a SIG under that AMA that would have to let us have one.

    BTW you are welcome to come down here and fly at our field.

    Dave.

    AUAV.net

  5. cyber-flyer

    The following is paragraph #9 of the new 2005 Radio Control safety code.

    9. The operator of a radio-controlled model aircraft shall control it during the entire flight, maintaining visual contact without enhancement other than by corrective lenses that are prescribed for the pilot. No model aircraft shall be equipped with devices which allow it to be flown to a selected location which is beyond the visual range of the pilot.

    The way I read it, now that the word autonomous has been removed we can fly aircraft that are equipped with devices that will allow for autonomous flight, we just can't allow the aircraft to fly beyond the visual range of the pilot.

    We can however follow it in a car as long as it stays within the visual range of the pilot.

    However this part of paragraph #9 is not good for you FPV flyers

    ( The operator of a radio-controlled model aircraft shall control it during the entire flight, maintaining visual contact without enhancement other than by corrective lenses that are prescribed for the pilot.)

    I would like to see that changed and allow it to be done as long as you have a safety spotter / pilot on a buddy box where the safety spotter/ pilot could take over in the event that the FPV pilot became disoriented.

    Dave Jones

    AUAV.net

  6. Guys

    Wile Maynard's electrostatic wing lever worked great under ideal conditions you need to follow up on what would happen if a thunder storm rolled in wile the aircraft was flying, I vaguely remember reading about how the electrostatic field of the earth would reverse causing the aircraft to roll inverted.

    If I remember correctly this is one of the reasons that it was never put into production for the common RC flyer.

    Dave Jones.

    AUAV.net

  7. What is actually most alarming to me is the self-regulation and disapproval of those from within the hobby. There are plenty of those who would like to keep us from flying UAVs either as a result of the twisted logic mentioned above or maybe out of misguided patriotism. They're the people I actually feel the most heat from, not the government.

    LukeZ

    I could not agree with you more, I just cast my vote for the new UAV forum on RCGroups.

    Dave Jones

    AUAV.net

  8. fhhuber

    You said that you are "electronically impared"

    If you don't think you can build it give me a call and I will give you a price for building it for you.

    I have 5 of the #8402 servo driver kits instock.

    Thanks.

    Dave Jones

    AUAV.net

    Phone: 941-723-9058

    Cell: 941-238-8394

    Fax: 941-723-3823

    Skype Name dave-jones

    email dave-AT-auav.net

    U.S. Mail

    1802 8 th. St. W..

    Palmetto Florida

    34221

  9. fhhuber

    Go to Marlin P Jones & Assoc.Inc. at http://www.mpja.com/directview.asp?product...Go.x=13&Go.y=13

    look at this servo motor driver kit # 8402-kit for $18.36

    It will control 4 servos and uses 4 pots configured as voltage dividers to deliver 0 to 5 volts to the 4 A to D inputs of the PIC to control the servos.

    You can mount the PC board in the old transmitter case and use the control stick pots of the transmitter case as the voltage dividers. Then connect the output ot the 8402-kit to the servos with a 6 conductor cable two of the conductor will provide the +5 volts and ground to power the servos and the remaining 4 conductor will provide signal pulse from the board to the servos.

    It can all be power from a 5 volt battery in the transmitter case.

    If you have any questions please contact me at the address and numbers listed below.

    Thanks.

    Dave Jones

    AUAV.net

    Phone: 941-723-9058

    Cell: 941-238-8394

    Fax: 941-723-3823

    Skype Name dave-jones

    email dave-AT-auav.net

    U.S. Mail

    1802 8 th. St. W..

    Palmetto Florida

    34221

  10. Cyber-flyer

    Dave Mathewson and I have been over this by email. He feels that the AMA needs to pull there heads out of the sand and wake up to the fact that we are here and that we are flying autonomous and video enhanced models.

    Dave and I agree that it would be much better for the AMA and all involved if the AMA would allow us to conduct our work with autonomous and video enhanced models under an AMA SIG, and to allow us to compile our own set of safety guidelines.

    He agrees that we are the ones should write the guidelines after all we are the ones that know more about what we are doing than some one that has never been involved with autonomous and video enhanced models or some one that was involved with RPV's 20+ years ago and is not up on today's technology.

    I tried to have a discussion about UAV's with an AMA member that is a past RPV pilot, I tried explaining to him some of the new technologies that we are using that he could never have conceived of 20 years ago.

    He gave me the old "I was doing this long before you was borne and I know what I am talking about and you don't and that's all that there is to it" speech.

    Mr. Mathewson is well aware that we are flying autonomous and video enhanced models now and that we are not going to go away, he understands that it's going to continue with or with out the support of the AMA.

    I believe all that the AMA has accomplished with there heads in the sand attitude is to drive of us away from the AMA .

    A lot of guys are saying the same thing that you just said that they will cancel there AMA membership and find a private field to fly from.

    Dave understands that there are guys all over the country that are flying autonomous and video enhanced models that are not AMA members and most likely never will be, due to the AMA restrictions.

    I would like to see this changed.

    Dave Jones

    AUAV.net

  11. Can any tell me how long a term is? Some of guys at my field say 2 years and some say 4 years.

    I don't know if I can take 4 more years of the outstanding leadership of Mr. Brown.

    I took the liberty to rewrite the AMA's Vision and Mission statements as I see them under the iron fist of Brown.

    dave Jones

    AUAV.net

    "What can Brown do for you?"

    AMA Vision

    We, the members of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, along with Dave Brown are the pathway to the decline of airomodeling and should be committed to the funny farm for reelecting Mr. Brown to the office of president of the AMA. There by destroying any possibility of making advancements to the sport/hobby of model aviation.

    This vision is accomplished through:

    * Partnerships with it's valued associates: All of the Chinese

    manufactures producing there cheep ass junk and importing it into

    the U.S. there by killing the U.S. modeling industry and forcing

    us all to buy there cheep ass crud, and by giving in to the U.S.

    government to stifle any thing that some politician, out to make a

    name for him or herself thinks is a danger to the world.

    * And by a process of the continuous stagnation and degeneration

    that we have seen for the last 12 years.

    * A commitment to the lack of leadership, lack of quality, lack of

    education and to the elimination scientific/technical developments.

    * A safe, enjoyable modeling environment if you can find a flying

    field and keep it after you find it because you are on you own

    there, all that we really want is your dues each year.

    =========================================

    AMA Mission

    The Academy of Model Aeronautics is a world-class association of crusty old fart modelers organized for the purpose of not promoting the development modeling activities, education or scientific/technical advancements in the sport/hobby of model aviation, other than what Dave Brown feels should be promoted and or allowed.

    The Academy of Model Aeronautics dose not provide leadership, organization, fare competition, open communication, equal protection, and only provides representation and recognition to those that Mr. Brown likes, and is out to stifle education, scientific and technical development in the advancements of airomodeling.

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