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About sheesh-kebab

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  1. update - that JST connector that I specified above turned out to be too small - a 1.5mm version would have probably worked better. Anyway, I solved the problem by 'shaving' off the the borders of the female connector on the board and soldering the wires to the left-over connector pins. I put some heat shrinking tubes over the soldered stuff. it worked and so the problem is solved.
  2. I have a cased Kx131 and just removing the male connector from the wire won't do it - I'd have to remove the female connector from the board and solder wires in its place. I would have done this long time ago - but the connections on the board are so tiny that it's quite possible that I'll screw stuff up while manually unsoldering/soldering... yesterday I ordered those jst parts from digikey.com... I'll keep you posted about results.
  3. Hi - anyone know which JST part numbers correspond to the wire connector on the KX131 camera? wires on the connector that came with my KX131 rippped and I'm now trying to replace them (but the connector is so darn small that soldering is a problem). I looked on jst.com and digikey.com and the closest I found is the 1.0mm pitch disconnectable models: http://www.jst-mfg.com/ProductGuideE/pdf_e/eSH.pdf or maybe this one http://www.jst-mfg.com/ProductGuideE/pdf_e/eSR.pdf digikey seems to sell this stuff, but I don't seem to be able to find anywhere the wires that are already crimped with the SH connectors... if anyone already faced a problem of rebuilding the ripped kx131 wire connector, I'd appreciate hints. thanks, Tim
  4. mr. rc-cam when are you planning on releasing your diversity receiver? $200 sounds like a right price for all-in-one dual receiver that will be cleaning up video feeds... BW's $350 version is a bit expensive for my taste.
  5. yeah, something like that - I found some el cheapo ($99) Adaptec dual channel pvr box (http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=201962145&loc=101&sp=1) - it has 2 A/V inputs, hardware encoding and USB2.0 interface. The thing to try now is to find/write a filter program that would merge 2 feeds and either play the merged feed back and/or record it... If not for VR flying, this thing could be used for recording higher quality videos...
  6. being a software engineer, to me it's actually simpler to handle computer based stuff than dealing with custom electronic modules and equipment. Plus I think it might be not such a bad idea anyway since (theoretically I guess) one could build up a very low cost n-diversity receiver limited only by the power of cpu on a laptop and the bandwidth of the input/output bus. Not too mention that anyone else who has a laptop and basic computer skills (most of the folks currently) could do the same...
  7. well, MPEG video encoding/compression is definitely something that is very resource intensive. However, I'm not really sure whether the performance hit would be that dramatic if the video "clean-up" happened on the raw audio/video input, with the follow on direct "pass through" to playback, bypassing MPEG all together.. I wonder whether there is any software capable of doing something like this to try it out...
  8. Anyone know of any software that would perform functions similar to the diverisity video receiver? I know blacwidowav.com sells a hardware solution - "Diversity 2.4 Receiver" - but I thought that technically it should be possible to hookup a couple of vanilla video receivers to a laptop in the field (via say 2 PCMCIA TV cards) and achieve a cleaner picture using some form of software video muxer. Then the clean picture could be fed via s-video/composite video out to VR goggles or recorded directly on the laptop.
  9. First, having flown both RC helis and planes before (although not in VR mode) - I'd say that you'll have a lot more pleasure flying planes with VR rather than helis. Helis are a very tricky, twitchy and difficult thing to learn to fly as it is. Add to that VR, and you're setting up yourself for flights that'll cost you upwards of $100 to repair after each "landing". Plus, you'll probably need a bigger heli to put the VR stuff on (due to weight/balancing issues) - I'm sure you wouldn't have any issues with sizes comparable to TRex 600. But anything smaller would be very questionable. Secondly, regarding the stuff that you'll need to start flying: 1) The ARF (almost ready to fly) heli or plane 2) brushless motor/power train setup for your model (for better weight lifting), and ESC. a good gyro for the helicopter would be also needed. 4) Transmitter - Futaba 7 channel system should be sufficient (or if you got more money, go for Futaba 9 channel). Keep in mind that new TX systems are sold with needed Receiver and a few Servos. If you buy a TX only (off ebay or whatever), then you'll need to get all servos and receiver yourself. Also, TXs come in different models - for planes vs helicopters - get whatever you need. 5) Li-Ion battery (11v for brushless powertrain with >2500Mha should do it) 5) Video Transmitter/Receiver - going with the good system from http://www.blackwidowav.com/ would probably the easiest. you can of course put one together yourself, if you know what you are doing. Getting a 12V setup would probably be better since you'll avoid need for extra battery for video TX on the model (or converters down from 12v to 5V) 6) good Micro Camera - again stuff from blackwidowav.com should do it - or if you find comparable stuff for cheaper elsewhere - go for it. Someone here also posted link to http://www.digitalssinc.com/index.php?main...dex&cPath=32_33. 7) for your 3dVisor z800 goggles, you'll need a) composite video to SVGA/800x600 converter 5V batteries to power both goggles and converter. 8) Gyrocontrol module (to pan/tilt camera with your head) - http://www.rc-tech.ch/web/ is the only that has this stuff. 9) servos for the micro camera, to be able to control it with Gyroncontrol and Futaba TX 9) lots of time and handyman skills to put it all together I probably missed some minor things above but it should mostly be all there sheesh
  10. Hi Kilrah - Do you currently offer any discounts on the Gyroncontrol? $400 is just a bit too steep for me, especially after factoring in other costs involved into building home VR flying project... Thanks!
  11. Kilrah, I sent you a message about it through you rc-tech.ch, but maybe other folks looking this up would also be interested in knowing - will Gyrontrol module/VR1000 glasses work with the 6 channel Futaba TX 6EXAP (http://futaba-rc.com/manuals/6exas-manual.pdf)?
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