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  1. Another pic showing the interface to the GPS - the little Header board that you can see was actually from the earlier Twinstar that I had for FPV (recycling in action!!). Phil T
  2. Alan, there appeared to be no impact on the other guy's 2.4 Plane which is re-assuring as more people are going 2.4 and I didn't want to find myself alienated when I wanted to fly. However - as I said - there was a marked degradation in the video quality which makes sense given his Tx is about 1M from my Rx - so solo spots my be the order of the day for me. Finally received the Dragon OSD which took a bit of plumbing in as you can see. Flew once last week but forgot the camcorder AV In lead so couldn't record anything. The system is excellent with a lot of information to be distracted with!! I do need to calibrate the MAh function - whilst this was one of the most important features in picking the Dragon - I must confess that the landing was a bit hurried as the ESC went into LiPo friendly mode but the MAh reading showed only about half of the expected Pack capacity - I was obviously having way too much fun. The idea is to tweek a constant in the Menu until actual / predicted matches - so I'll get it calibrated over future flights. Hopefully will post some video next time!! Phil T
  3. Hi Guys - Scott inspired me to post my first effort. I only have a couple of FPV Flights under my belt but this was the first time I managed to get my Camcorder working to record anything. The Large / Compressed files are compilation of a couple of flights on Saturday (a bit cheesy but it had to be 'Top Gun' soundtrack for the first!!) - the small file was a close encounter on a later flight. I was flying at the local Club which is very restricted for space. I hope that as my confidence and equipment develops - I can find somewhere to fly at greater ranges! http://www.megaupload.com/?d=64HJB0X4 Large Uncompressed Video 1 http://www.megaupload.com/?d=6LA8KLAT Medium Compressed Video 1 http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TJLNZT18 Small - 'Bogey at 10 O'Clock' Video 2 For info - have been posting my progress with FPV here:- http://www.rc-cam.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=2241 Regards, Phil T
  4. Daniel, what I was thinking of would only be used during final stage of landing and give an 'accurate' visual height warning at say 2 or 3 Ft as you cut the throttle and start the 'Flare'. This would probably need to be adjustable in the menu - slightly higher for bigger / heavier model - lower for lighter etc. I've only got a handful of flights under my belt yet and I'm sure my visual perception will improve but an accurate warning would increase chances of a successful landing (i.e. not breaking Prop or Undercarriage!!). I'm expecting the OSD to arrive in the next couple of days and assuming I will need the upgrade you mention - is there a resource in the Forum or elsewhere that can help explain what exactly the Firmware upgrade entails (for us none programmers!!) - Hexfiles and NavOSD.c sounds a bit scary!! Phil T
  5. Daniel / Thomas, during future development(s) of the Dragon, would it be possible to incorporate on the spare Sensor Input - an accurate visual warning of height just before touchdown - for those who are using FPV platforms that have to be 'Flown In' - judging the Flare on the goggles can / is tricky and a sensor capable of reasonable accuracy / repeatability could be the answer?. Came across this on Sparkfun -- it might be suitable for the specific purpose? http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_i...oducts_id=8502# Regards, Phil T
  6. Came across this on one of the later videos. The mist was worsening and a guy on the flightline was using a 2.4Tx which was affecting the video quality - but you can clearly see the Tucano coming past from left to right and just below!!. Its only a small file - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TJLNZT18 Phil T
  7. I've been playing with IDVD and the videos from yesterday and come up the following (its a bit cheesy but was aimed at sharing with some of my fellow club members) and ITS BIG! I might have to work out some compression and upload again! http://www.megaupload.com/?d=64HJB0X4
  8. Latest update! Camera mod was fantastic (increased height / lower angle) - gives better ground perspective and far less susceptable to bright sky messing with agc etc. I will now make a more permanant and streamlined bracket. The extra weight of camera and battery was very noticable with the first landing being more of a firm arrival! - but soon got used to the different response / feel of the model etc. As if this wasn't enough good news - I got the Camcorder working fine so managed to capture two flights - its almost surreal watching them. Any advice on the best way to upload them welcome. Recieved confirmation from Mark (Harris) that the OSD should be here 7 - 10 days so I guess that will be the next major milestone retofitting it etc etc and will post pictures / report as soon as possible. This is way too much fun to handle Phil T
  9. Alan, standard color scheme me! (well, to be honest it normally incorporates green but I ran out after recovering a WOT4) - I do like my Fluorescents!. I suppose it doesn't matter what it looks like - I'm looking out of it not at it - YES!! Had a couple of flights with the camera today - good but not brilliant. Camera angle too high (again!). Just finished a mod (polystyrene wedge to increase height and lower angle) so hopefully will be perfect tomorrow. I was expecting problems looking through the prop (obviously not an issue with the Twinstar) but absolutley fine - hardly noticable. I really need to resolve the camcorder issue - as I would love to be capturing some video but so much to do - so little time!! Phil T
  10. Pictures of UnoWot posted for info! Maiden flights last week were awesome (Camera etc not fitted) - hopefully will fly with Camera this weekend. Dragon OSD is on its way and is I planned for the incorporation during the build (I Hope!) it should be a relativly simple retrofit when it arrives. I'll post pictures / report later. Phil T
  11. Hi Alan - Welcome to the RC-Cam Forum. I bought the Camera from Black Widow in the US and its supplied with a 70 Deg Lens as Standard. As its my 1st venture and not knowing anything different - it seems just about right - nice sense of 'situational awareness'. The camera output is excellent - may only note of caution is because it is so sensitive (works fanastic even at dusk and beyond!) - if you angle it to high the brightness compensation means the ground can become dark as the plane pitches. As soon as you point the nose down - ground becomes beautifully clear again so - I experimented angleing the camera down until I got it about right - this was probably 60:40 (Ground / Sky) in straight / level or even a bit more downward may be better. Unfortunately a couple of weeks ago I had a bad experience with the TS - at launch, the Port engine died and my best attempts to get it down resulted in a cartwheel. Surprisingly, the plane was not damaged at all and even more surprising - camera and Tx untouched! However - I lost confidence in it (single engine performance wasn't good), duration was not the best and connecting the Wing (Motors / Servos) was a bit messy so I've just completed an UnoWot (Chris Foss Kit) which is awsome. I learned to fly on an Uno so knew how stable it was but this latest version is electric and following maiden flights at the weekend I'm more than happy - 15Mins comfortable - LOTS of power if required and oh so smooth. I'll post some pictures when I get the chance and show the Camera / Tx layout (on the Wing!!), I've just ordered the Dragon OSD so wanted to maximise space inside and leave space on the rear turtle deck for the GPS etc. As the TS is now pretty redundant (at least as an FPV Platform) - I'm happy to send you the modified Canopy and mounting bracket which will bolt straight on as your using the same camera (see pictures earlier in post) and if I ever decide to fly it again for fun flying - you could send me the original canopy??. Let me know. Regards Phil T
  12. I will drop a note to the guys at Black Widow to ask if there is documented 'procedure' etc that explains what to do and what effect there is on warranty! By the way - I did try with a friends Panasonic DC at the field - absolutely perfect - I guess I was just unlucky in aribitarily choosing the JVC DC at the time!! Regards Phil T
  13. I came across this video splitter from RC-Tech - which is perfect because I would ideally want to caputer and view at same time. However, because this has seperate video level 'Adjustment' - would it alleviate the problems (by being able to adjust Video Level as Kilrah suggested previously) I am having with DC? Any thoughts? Phil T
  14. Terry, tried to measure with a digital meter which was junk. However, did a bit of bodging with a couple of fixed and variable resistors and there is a marked improvement - not perfect - now looks more like interference that Sync. There was a marked transition from unviewable to black / white to normal to white as the Pot ran out of travel. So I guess there's mileage in it - its about selecting the right value to match the I/P impedance? I have a video of before / after but don't know how to upload it - do I need some privileges from the Forum Admin?? Phil T
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