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  1. Hi Wilson, No I dont fly FPV yet. Will be getting into it soon though. I cant even spell Kamera. Where do you guys fly here in town? I would like to watch. Cliff
  2. I will ask the question by first telling what I think the Tiny Trak is and how it could be used by RC-CAM types without regards to being a ham. The Tiny Trak is a GPS encoder that was developed basically for the Hams by a Ham. Where the Hams come into play is that there is a world wide network of Hams on allowed frequencies, what we call 2 meters (144-148Mhz) under the name of APRS (Automatic Position Reporting System). The Tiny Trak encoder can be programmed to key the 2 meter radio with information garnered from the GPS module thereby signalling to listening stations its location. The Hams in the APRS can pick up these signals through various 2 meter networks and repeaters. I have never used the APRS system but have used 2 meters for voice. With the advent of the internet now some of these 2 meter transmitters can be viewed online. The encoder transmits a modem signal which the audio input of the Cam transmitters should accept handily. Where RC-CAM comes into play with these Tiny Traks is that on some of the RC-CAM transmitters there is the option to hook in an audio input, be it a microphone or the Tiny Track GPS encoder. Many of the RC-CAm transmitters can carry a dual role. Not only carrying video they can also carry GPS information to a receiving computer to record or play live GPS postions. By using it in this configuration with your non-licensed RC-CAM transmitter no amateur radio license is required. Having never used GPS in this configuration. My question is whether the audio quality is reliable enough to use it for good positioning knowledge in a live situation, for instance if you lose track of your model if it were at the extremes of one's vision? Could one look at tracking software on the computer and see the model reliably in relation to a moving vehicle? Is the refresh rate of once per second adequate enough? Will the extra bandwidth, and there may not be extra bandwidth cause the RC-Cam transmitter to draw excessive amounts of power? Over
  3. I have a QST at home, I guess I could look it up. I usually just look at the pictures. This is kinda off topic but I was thinking about using the Byonics TT3 or the SMT module into the audio out of the Camera transmitter, to the receiver and then to the PC sound card. People having any luck with that? Have you seen the 2 meter 300 mw transmitter they now have? All on a 1"X3" card. I had an Eagletree, but it was broken out of the box and am not sure if I want to mess with it when it returns. Does not seem very robust. I really only need the cam and GPS to try some cloudbase flying in my sailplane. How much range are people getting with the 500mw system? I know, I know depends on the antenna. Later, de N5CCO
  4. You dont think anyone is monitoring your transmission but believe me they are. I had a less than legal small amplifier on 7MHZ and I wasn't transmitting 10 seconds when a "brother" keyed up to tell me his analyzers were telling him my signal was not up to "hoyle"..ha,ha. and perhaps I should check that my equipment might have something wrong with it.
  5. Will my Advanced get bumped to an Extra?
  6. Mr. RC-Cam, Great work on hacking the system. I know folks would prefer to plug your module into their 8103's or 9303's because of all the programming they have allready done on the radios. Why did you get better resolution with the 8103 as opposed to the DX6 transmitter? Another question. I have popped something trying to charge trans battery too fast. Probably a diode. Where can I look for the broken part, where in the radio? Thanks and good job.
  7. Kilrah, Yeah, I can see four orders for trackers putting you behind a week. ha,ha... Perhaps soon that will be how many are sold every 10 seconds. You have already found solutions for the major nigs and nags. This is like the first car. It would get you down the street and around the corner without breaking down. So it accomplished the major goals, but as more interest develops you will not be able to manufacture enough and can maybe work on improving what is there, without it still being fun. Congratulations for the major breakthrough. Cliff
  8. Eickst, I think Kilrah is finished. The programming work, integration with the radio and the gyro he is using he has developed a good working model that needs little if any further development. His problem is he needs to sell it to XYZ, Co., stay on as consultant for $xxx,xxx per yr/month and let the new company put the product out in force. His solution will expand the RC industry dramatically and touch untold others. Am I right Kilrah? Cliff
  9. Kudos to Kilrah and VRFLYER. Thanks for sharing this development. Kilrah, make sure to post to this forum a picture of your castle when you buy it. Cliff
  10. Antenna, antenna, antenna..amazing what you can do with less than a watt.
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