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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.

RC-CAM.com (main site and forum) will be closing down August 2021. This is being announced now (March 2021) so that everyone has time to download any information that is important to them. After the site is shutdown the information will no longer be available here.

We appreciate every member's involvement with advancing the FPV hobby. It is indeed sad to say goodbye to all our online friends. Be safe and stay healthy.



DesertDawg

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  1. :D Yup, it does have effective results (not that I ever did that "back in the day") Nowadays, your best bet is to get recordings "off the air" of the offending operator and maybe some video recordings of the interference on your TV. This would be the same for the Ham or FAA/DOD engineer that was experiencing interference from a Hong Kong video system (except the Gov't engineer would have much more sophisticated equip't). After that, simply send the evidence in to the FCC - for Hams and CB'ers, the FCC's "Enforcer" is a guy named Riley Hollingsworth (who is both a Ham and and a lawyer);
  2. First, let's consider how the switching circuit is developed. I've never actually worked on amps with "effects packages"; pretty much limited to rebuilding old Fenders. In fact I recently finished a Bassman 75 for my much older brother; new rectifiers, caps, and a NOS set of Amperex tubes. But, very limited experience with the newer guys so, I'm gonna take a guess or two. First, I'm guessing that the entire circuit runs: "Ground-> LED-> footswitch "ON"-> NPN switching transistor"; and that it feeds through a standard 1/4" phone jack and (hopefully) coaxial cable. In order to
  3. Dude, what kind of car batteries??? I can't keep one more than 1-2 years! I also live in an area that experiences 2-3 months/year of over 110* temps; and I regularly subject my battery to 60-100 amp loads (Nothing fits under the truck seat with all the radio gear bolted down there!) Dawg
  4. Cheap, simplistic answer: Sure, we (That's the 45th person "we" - not like any sane R/C'er would actually do it!) could build a flying bomb. Good Lord; on another page many of us frequent, there's a discussion going on about modding an SS to fly at 40 oz AUW. Hmmm, that weight could be a modded plane and 1-1.5 lbs C4 or Semtex. A PIC-switch off Ch 6 ("Gear") to fire the fuse. On the other hand, anybody rented a U-Haul or more specifically a Ryder truck recently? Did you have to submit to a full background investigation? Ditto when buying "nitro" lawn fertilizer at Home Depot; or fue
  5. Well, I stand corrected! Sent a link to my contact with our local power company... discussion on QRZ re: BPL in Cottonwood, AZ. She was going to "look into" it; and find out what's going on. Somehow, this got past her. Dawg
  6. Well, that could be an issue. However...... Very, very few homes WITH electricity happen to be WITHOUT a phone line. And there are those "resale" phone companys that have been started up as great investment opportunities on paper. In most states, the Public Utility Commision has mandated that the ILEC's (Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers - the existing phone company with wires on poles and in the ground) have to provide dialtone to the CLECS (COMPETITIVE Local yada yada, like "At&T Local Service) at a reduced rate - often below the cost of delivery! When the ILEC starts to go bust
  7. Forgot to mention..... I'm anxiously waiting for Gene's "Shaker A/P" to mature and have a price tag. Seems our Emergecny Management Directors (the City Fire Chief and County Sheriff) have heard about "one of their Radio Guys" (who could that be? ) starting to play with R/C again, and expressing a real interest in A/P. They seem to think R/C A/P just might be less expensive and more easily deployable than buying/staffing another chopper! Dawg
  8. I believe we should add the proviso "For Now" to the "BPL Wins" headline. As was discussed both on QRZ and eHam; there are other users (besides Amateur and R/c'ers) that will be affected. How many Public Safety organizations still use VHF-Lo for intrastate communication? I don't know, other than a bungh of "The Northern Tier" states, California and W's home state of Texas How many FEMA-related agencies depend upon Amateur HF and VHF for "When All Else Fails" communications? My comment on that is that our Radio Group was using 2 Yaesu 897's and a KW 570D (all bought with funds from the Y
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