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FPV at KRCM / Re: FPV Video - 9 SEP 2018
« on: September 11, 2018, 01:13:42 PM »
That was a great video Gary.  The information displayed was excellent.  To bad we can’t figure how to turn off the foxeer OSD. The vector certainly puts the old system to shame. Your added commentary was well done.

General Discussion / Re: Field Charging Station
« on: August 16, 2018, 02:59:51 PM »
I like their approach with will definitely handle a few chargers at once. I would like to see a more universal and maybe a little less accident prone method. I would use two or more 100 watt solar panels feeding through a charge controller to a couple heavy duty batteriess such as deep cycle marine batteries.  Connect these batteries in parallel to feed a 1000 watt inverter.  Connect this to the whole club house AC system through a voltage source selector switch (generator/hydro switch). This way we could use the solar system for normal flying or switch to the generator input for all our large events which require more power to run things such as coffe makers etc.

Just an opinion...

I have finished implementing and testing the ZERO THROTTLE ARMING program for my Graupner MZ-24. This program will work with most radios which allow LOGICAL SWITCH programming under the FUNCTION menu.  I haven’t created a step by step write up yet, but I will E-Mail it when it is finished to anyone who is interested. My address is

If I finish it today, I will bring copies to the meeting tonight as well as demonstrate.

I think I have a solution for the zero throttle position problem. It requires 2 logic “AND” Functions and an “OR” function as a latch. The logic works so that the throttle stick must be at the idle position before the throttle arm switch is enabled.

I am still working at programming it into my Graupner, but will keep you posted as I get it working.

So far Doug from GRAUPNERUSA was not able to find a quick solution. He was able to use two switches before the motor was armed, but if the throttle was not at zero the motor still ran.
I have been using logic switches to emulate an “And” function with my cutoff switch and low throttle. It works, sort of. The motor will not arm until the throttle is at zero.  The problem, as soon as you advance the throttle, the and function is no longer valid and the motor stops.

Any ideas people???

I have not given up quite yet....

I sent an E-Mail to Doug of GRAUPNERUSA asking if it was possible to program the throttle cut switch to be mixed with throttle stick position at low throttle before the throttle cut would rearm the motor.

Doug’s response, “COOL IDEA, I WILL WORK ON IT”.

Float Flying at Deseronto / Re: Float Flying Basics
« on: July 24, 2018, 10:37:20 AM »
Thanks Gary, I had the diagrams of which I shared before, but I did not have the article which explains in great detail how to set them up. This was and is a very good article on building and setting up floats. I have flown with floats for a number of years, but I had forgotten about balancing the floats once on the airplane.

Here is a very short video I took on June 9, 2018 using my Mobius camera mounted on the wing of my Fun Cub showing some of the features and area around the Deseronto Float Fly site.  The abrupt landing was caused by me using an uncharged battery.... MY BAD.

go to this URL:

Sorry, but the quality of the upload turned out very poor compared to the original.

Very interesting, especially the motor vectoring....

General Discussion / Re: Classic Canadian Test Pilot Documentary
« on: April 06, 2018, 12:05:59 PM »
It was great seeing some of those old Canadian iconic aircraft in actual flight.

FPV at KRCM / Re: Flying Crash Mystery
« on: March 31, 2018, 11:10:01 AM »
Here is a final update on the crash mystery.  Merrill Baker found both models within 30 feet of each other. The mini buckle was slightly damaged but the explorer fuse was destroyed.

The transmitter was returned from Horizon Hobbies.  They could find NOTHING wrong but changed out the RF module anyway hummmm. They also replaced a couple broken switches (which weren’t broken when shipped).  Since they could not find a problem, I am still nervous and switched to Graupner.

FPV at KRCM / Good quality FPV video recording
« on: March 28, 2018, 10:24:12 AM »
Here is a FPV flight as recorded by the Mobius camera built in SD card.  This camera is plugged into a docking station which transmits it via 5.8 Ghz to my goggles.  The image transmitted to my goggles is the image I use to fly the airplane and is recorded as received by the goggles.  The image captured by my goggles is quite adequate to fly with but the video recorded directly by the camera is at least 4 times better.
Here is a video showing what the camera itself sees.....

Here is what I see to fly the plane after it has been sent through the transmitter and receiver and displayed in my goggles.

Here is a quick little Youtube clip taken with my Mobius camera inside the KRCM club house showing some of the people who attended our club Chili Fest.

« on: March 10, 2018, 12:07:12 PM »
As the band, channel and therefore the frequency of all video transmitters used in FPV can be easily changed, I propose for the time being that each KRCM club member who is interested in flying FPV at our field select an individual frequency to use. As an example, I have selected Band "B", Channel "4" which is "5790".

I therefore propose that we use the included frequency chart as a starting point.

FPV at KRCM / Re: FPV Startup Information and Ideas
« on: March 07, 2018, 12:41:21 PM »
Last summer while I was flying my racing quadcopter using FPV, another multirotor pilot turned on his machine also using an FPV transmitter.  Needless to say, his machine being closer than mine already flying, took over my googles so that I only saw his and not my own. I immediately chopped my throttle as I could no longer see where I was and let my quadcopter fall to the ground. (No damage).

I changed both band and frequency so that I am now on BAND “B” AND CHANNEL “4” which is frequency 5790 MHz.

For those who wish to deck out an airplane or quadcopter, with FPV gear for a little over $80.00 go and check out the 3 in one camera system at Leading Edge. It consists of a 600 tvl camera, built in 0 - 200 miliwatt transmitter and right hand circular polarized antenna. The whole thing can be powered by a not included 150 mah indoor type battery.

Here is a picure of it

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