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FPV for a beginner on a budget

Carbon

Elemental Madness
#1
I have a HobbyZone Super Cub and want to put the hobbyking kit on it. I am not really worried about range for now and just want to get my foot in the water.
This kit seems to be popular: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__13438__900MHZ_200mW_Tx_Rx_1_3_inch_CCD_Camera_NTSC.html

I have a few questions. For a power source what should I use for both the plane and the ground station? Also, are there any in-expensive viewing systems that I could get? Thanks guys, sorry if these are dumb questions, but I know very little about electronics!
~Carbon
 
#2
That is a good fpv setup. You just have to make sure the frequency doesn't interfere with any phone frequencies or the regulations in your area.

Search Ebay for some cheap portable screens

oh and you might like to get a wide angle lense for the camera (10$). A small price to pay for a much better FPV experience.
 

colorex

Rotor Riot!
Mentor
#3
Most FPV electronics can run on a 3 cell (11.1v) battery. You can use your flight battery if it's a 3 cell. The ground station can also work on a 3 cell, preferably 2200mAh or more. That depends on the video screen you're using.

As for the wide-angle, YES! that improves the experience a lot, making it more immersive, and that aids in the control of the airplane. The wider the better. If your Tx has extra channels available, you should consider a panning servo to look around.

Remember that you can make your own antennas to improve range. This is not expensive, just requires some skill. However, the 900MHz antennas are very big, so you'll have to mount it flat on the wing. You can read more on that here:

http://www.rcexplorer.se/page14/CPantennas/CPantennas.html

Hope this helps,

colorex