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First time FPV groundstation

#1
I am looking into getting into FPV but I don't want to spend a lot of money, and the two options I came up with below are much cheaper than the Fat Shark FPV headsets. I am wondering what other people think of these two setups, or if anyone else could give me any suggestions for other FPV setups in the same price point? Thanks!

Option 1

Immersion RC Uno5800 5.8GHz A/V Rx = $70.00

Immersion RC 25mW 5.8GHz A/V Tx = $50.00

Fat Shark Pilot HD V2 720p Camera = $60.00

Total= $180

Option 2

Immersion RC Uno5800 5.8GHz A/V Rx = $70.00

Spektrum Ultra Micro FPV Camera and Video Transmitter = $100.00

Total= $170
 
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#4
Option 1

Immersion RC Uno5800 5.8GHz A/V Rx = $70.00

Immersion RC 25mW 5.8GHz A/V Tx = $50.00

Fat Shark Pilot HD V2 720p Camera = $60.00

Total= $180

Option 2

Immersion RC Uno5800 5.8GHz A/V Rx = $70.00

Spektrum Ultra Micro FPV Camera and Video Transmitter = $100.00

Total= $170
I am also wondering if either of these two options would require me to get a HAM license?
 
#8
If that is so, then why is it that every place I see that sells the IRC 25 mW transmitter warns that a HAM license is required to use it in the U.S.? For example (scroll down as needed):

http://www.readymaderc.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=267

http://www.getfpv.com/immersionrc-5-8ghz-25mw-video-transmitter.html

http://www.horizonhobby.com/25mw-58ghz-a-v-transmitter-irl2102
If the transmitter does not have an FCC sticker than a HAM license would be required. If it has an FCC sticker the sticker is for the system (antenna, power amp ...) Any modifications to the system (even changing out an antenna) would require a HAM license to legally operate.
 

B Rod

Junior Member
#9
A HAM license is cheap and easy to get, and the information gained studying for it will help you during your FPV journey. I actually found the process to be fun. I highly recommend going ahead and getting it so that you are knowledgeable and legal. The ability to use a 600mW transmitter (legally) will allow you to do much more with your FPV setup, and you'll need a HAM license to do it.