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skyguy04
20th July 2013, 04:30 PM
I just built my first tri-copter using the flitetest anycopter kit1, and am looking to use it for fpv. I think I've settled on the Sony 600tvl after ready many reviews on this forum. is there a newer camera out that replaces it, or am i still safe using this camera? i want the best video quality possible. If so, which one? It seems like there are many flavored with different connectors. I don't have a video link yet, so I'm looking for suggestions on the lowest cost 1.3ghz setup possible. Do I need a filter if I'm using 2.4ghz flight receiver? Also what do others think about going 72mhz for distance and penetration? I have a transmitter and 4 channel receiver. Probably need to pick up a 5 channel if I go that route....

At help would be most appreciated!

whakahere
20th July 2013, 05:00 PM
well it is pointless using 1.3ghz and 2.4ghz control. You video will kill your range unless you use a filter and even then it is not prefect. I would head with 5.8ghz video with 2.4ghz control. less head aches. 5.8ghz gives are clearer signal ...just sucks for heavy tree bashing but tree bashing can still be done. check out blackouts mini quad, he runs it on 5.8ghz
http://forums.openpilot.org/topic/30168-blackouts-mini-h-quad/
watch his sd link videos.

72mhz is cool but on a copter that damn antenna can be a plain. On a plane ... 72mhz and 1.3ghz is gold.

the sony 600 is great and you can use it at night if it is the pz 420

skyguy04
20th July 2013, 06:09 PM
I have a lot of trees around my house and was hoping to fly out of LOS. Like down the street and around my neighborhood (other houses in LOS). Can I do this with 72+1.3ghz or do I need 1.3+UHF? I'd really like to avoid upgrading the video link later if I can

skyguy04
20th July 2013, 06:10 PM
Also, if 72 will work, can I just Zip tie the antenna around the arms if the tri?

whakahere
20th July 2013, 06:49 PM
just go with uhf and 1.3ghz. flytron.com have a cheap good option for uhf.

antenna along the arms will be near esc .... noise and crash.

skyguy04
20th July 2013, 07:43 PM
Do you have a recommendation on a 1.3ghz setup with the best bang for the buck? Also, the only transmitter i have that will except a module is a JR9303. My primary transmitter is a Spektrum DX7. Looks like flytron doesn't have a JR module. :-(

sailingeric
25th July 2013, 04:21 PM
I fly around the trees and streams around my neighborhood (not over houses or streets) and I have gone about 3500 feet from my deck with my DX6i and 900 mhz video system with no problems.

whakahere
25th July 2013, 06:15 PM
you must have a clean noise free area. 900mhz gets bashed from noise alot and a dx6i ..... well I will not use that radio again for fpv.

the best bang for your buck is a readymaderc kit.

receiver (get a good one ... key to good range is the receiver and antenna. not the transmitter as much).
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11_34_44&products_id=1020

transmitter (200mw is lovely and small ... and uses 1258mhz)

http://www.readymaderc.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11_30_38&products_id=916
heard nothing but good reviews on the 400mw too
no need for more power as it screw with your control signal, uses more power and gps can be a pain to get a lock.
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11_30_38&products_id=924