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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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  1. I think I see 5 wires, not 4. Is more better?
  2. Right, I saw that at Radio Shack when I was browsing. For 29 bucks for two, I wanted to make sure they were usable, and apparantly, the yb2normal antenna is the stuff, unless I go for a more powerful transmitter. Maybe something along the lines of blackwidow's products... appreciate the info! I can see myself eventuallu doing the GPS / overlay / mapping software at some point. I could use some recommendations on that as well. I'd love to see a matrix with all the "approved solutions" in it. I'd take a stab at it if I knew more about what I was doing Bill
  3. Thanks for the info. Very enlightening. I would like to get more range, eventually. The place where we fly lets us get very very high on clear days. I made the yb2normal antenna and installed it. It makes a good bit of improvement. I'll try to check it out for range soon. It has been too cold here in Kentucky lately. Could you recommend a stronger transmitter for when the time comes? And would I need a better receiver as well? thanks! BIll
  4. Ok, I have built my rc-cam4. Sweet. All powered by a 4.8 nicad pack. I am experimenting with different antennas on the transmitter now. I plan to swap the current dipole antenna with the one designed by yb2normal. I still wonder if the add on 2.4 ghz router antennas sold at Radio Shack would be preferable. Size is not an issue. I will have the rccam on a several huge airplanes. This begs another question - could I have some sort of dipole antenna run, say, the length of an rc airplane (let's say 70+ inches) and have even better transmitting capabilities? thanks for any thought
  5. thanks! I couldn't get Yb2's site up before. Old link, I suppose. Might go that route, or bigger. thanks!
  6. folks, I have my camera (rc-cam4 - awesome) up and running. Here's my question: I have the Xcam2 receiver with the groundplane patch antenna on it, completely stock. The transmitter has the dipole antenna, instead of the original patch. if I wanted to spend 50-100 bucks on antennas for both units, what is the most bang for the buck? Or would some sort of amplifier be smarter? thanks! Bill
  7. Eureka, I have it figured out. Sometimes, it is the simple things. I took everyone's advice and tried the mic on a VCR. Nothing...so I said to myself - check the continuity, dummy. That's when I found out that WHITE is positive, and RED is audio.... soo simple. Now I am rocking and rolling like a big dog!!! Thanks everyone! Very cool. Bill the gratefull
  8. first of all, really appreciate the help! I have two power sources in use. Transmitter: I have two 9 volt batteries wired in series, using a rectifier to supply 12 volts. It is wired into the original external power supply cord of the X10 tansmitter. I have not removed any of the existing wiring. I have only severed the original 5 wires going to the original cmos camera on the plastick stalk. It is to these wires I am connecting (or attempting to). One of these wires is the red + lead, which never seems to connect to the transmitter board, but instead wound through a hole on the b
  9. Great, thanks for the info. I'll check it out. I believe it may be something else with the way I have it wired... My question is this - on the rccam4, the positive lead of the dc-dc converter goes to the Anode side of the diode. On my rig, I use a battery pack. I have the power going to the original power wiring, which does not terminate on the anode. The red + lead actually passes through the transmitter board, and terminates on the board of the old camera. I currently have this red wire positive lead going to the mic. Do I have this whacked? I know it is something simple, but I
  10. I am doing th eXcam 4 project, sort of. I have a panasonic ccd camera working satisfactorily, but cannot get the pre-amped mic to work. It is a SuperCircuits #PA3 with three connections - power/ground and signal/ground. The grounds are wound together. I am powering it off the X10 transmitter board leads. The transmitter gets its power from two 9 volt batteries wired in series, using a rectifier to make it 12 volts. The mic is rated at 12 volts. I am obvioisly doing something wrong... I have it wired to the transmitter ground, the audio wire (white), and the red power wire. an
  11. I saw a pair of linksys 2.4 router antennas, which are supposed to boost reception and transmission of their wireless gateway routers. It is carried in Radio shack for about 29 bucks a pair. Would it be worth connecting this to the transmitter and receiver of, say the rc-cam4? I have a similar setup, but have not made the dipole antenna yet. thoughts? Bill
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