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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. For what it's worth, Lipo batteries perform pretty well in the cold. So do Nimh. Not Nicds though. As they get colder they can't spply the higher levels of current needed for max on your motor. I wouldn't think there should be a problem with the lower current draw of the AV system. Dan
  2. You might concider one axis on the camera, and one axis on the craft? It will be easier and the craft will already have yaw capabilities I presume. (Pan) Dan
  3. I like that idea. We've also been talking about the "Way Point Sequencer" on the other site. What I would like to see is the ability to have an altitude lock as you describe. Couple that with a GPS enable type device. In this case you aren't loading in waypoints, but the electronics is looking at Lat and Lon from a GPS. You can fly via RC and Video link to a specific location to photograph or observe. Once you manually fly to a location where you want to loiter, enabling the device will lock in the altitude as well as cause the plane to start to loiter around that location. It would stay that
  4. A full scale pilot also has and uses trim tabs to help in flight to balance keeping altitude, speed and pitch setting where they want. I find in my UAV style plane, with a fair amount of adjustment and tweaking the setup, that full throttle causes my plane to climb. I don't have to touch the elevator once I have rotated. It will continue to climb but no tendency to stall until it were to run out of fuel or lift. Then watching the video Link and GPS overlay altitude information I know that by adjusting my throttle I can get the altitude to stay reasonable steady where I want. At this setting
  5. I'm embarrassed to say I have a few of those chips programmed up but never used. One of each two flavors in fact. It seems like the Helicopter guys would use them the most. Where there are two operators. One for flying the machine and one for flying the camera. At the time I was designing my early UAV and thought I needed pan and tilt in a camera pod. I had a buddy of mine at HP download the files and program them for me. In the end I use a standard Futaba 9001 servo for tilt, and my rudders for panning. It’s a lot less complicated and allows me to be the camera and aircraft operator both.
  6. OK, then it's like you said, it just hasn't made it that far yet. It seems as if inertia was making it overshoot, then it would stop and then move the oposite direction to come back to where the pulses are telling it to be. It might simply be that with a well balanced unit you could get away with using a servo like one of these 1/4 scale versions. http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/WTI00...L=++&search3=Go Best of luck. Dan
  7. Does the pencam chip continue to put out pulses based on last position information though? Or does it stop putting out pulses when you aren't moving the stick? Dan
  8. Bummer. Drats is right. Sounds like you pegged it though. So in this case, it sounds like the transit time for the servo is too slow. Having pulses stay there will certainly prevent overshoot from coasting the gear train. Can you increase the gearing any in the Robotzone device? Maybe you can try a high speed servo to raise the transit time. Do you need the full 90 degrees of motion in the servo unit? Maybe changing out the potentiometer to a different value, or simply adding some fixed resistors on the ends of the pot will provide less motion but increase the response time within th
  9. Oops, So much for my idea then. It sounds as though you already have a handle on the HD parts. It sounds like the 5 pounds mass of the camera, is keeping the servo in motion through inertia. The increased gearing is giving the mass an effective longer lever arm. I don't know the panncam device, but it sounds like when it's time to stop motion, center stick, that no pulses are being sent. What if you try to operate the camera/servo device right off the receiver? Put in on a channel with a stick that spring centers and see if it stops it when the stick is centered or if it overshoots.
  10. You might consider changing servo's too. You may already have it nailed down but servos like the Airtronics 94738, Futaba S9405 et al are high resolution, lower speed and higher torque mechanical devices. They use coreless motors and metal gear trains. You might also look at the products from some of the robotics mechanical companies. Take a look at servo modification projects from http://www.servocity.com/ These slow down the mechanical action, and increase the torque. The servo city parts would allow you to use a servo like the Futaba S9001. There are other servos that will work too. I just
  11. Here's a hardware mod if anyone is interested. Dan http://mypage.yhti.net/~dmcdnld/s148retract.htm
  12. So the 4015 can be used as a level shifter? You just gave me an idea. Would the 4050, noninverting Hex buffer, do the same thing for up to 6 channels? Any idea if there is a single chip that would do up to 8? Dan
  13. Mmmmmmm, food grade servos. There are a lot of options. There are some that are pretty well sealed. How much torque does the servo need to have? I'm sure the arms will be supported on there own with the servo just doing the motion part. Servos come in many price variations too. Do you have a spending limit on such an ambitious project? Dan
  14. Maybe the contact information you're using is outdated. Try this one. http://scalerobotics.com/store/catalog/ Radiohound is part of an active group holding pretty much daily discussions about the RCAP development. He has been very available to us. Check this thread for the latest. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=484568 Join in over there. We'll look for you. : Dan
  15. We have to stop looking to the PDC-10 guys. I tried my best please, please, please, to UNAV but the deal isn't on the table. It's a pragmatic business decision and I respect them for it. The code represents a great deal of intellectual property and much of it resides in their new Pico pilot. The owner told me the PDC-10 represents a lot of work and effort for just too little in return from a business standpoint. As I said, I do respect the decision. It's not a hobby for them but a way of life. I suggest we continue to support Walter with the RCAP unit and its development. That is what I int
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