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    Aloha from Hawaii

    Hello everybody!

    I am Michael, 31, I am currently stationed in Hawaii and loving it. I really want to get into FPV flying and have my heart set on a Zephyr II. The only thing I have purchased so far is a Spektrum DX8 Tx and flight sim(yes I'm soooooo new to this). I am a little worried because I have been looking at the Dragon Link FPV system and am not really sure how it will interface with my DX8 but hopefully I can find that answer and many others here. Thanks!

    -- Michael

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    Hi Michael, welcome.

    I've always been a bit wary of the DX8 - I have one and it has caused a Trex 450 chopper I had to crash due to issues with a gimbal. I wouldn't trust it with a 100mph, 5lb wing that you're flying miles away from yourself.

    If I were you I'd get another transmitter to use as a PPM source for the DragonLink, that's what I have done. I know it's more $ but what price for peace of mind?


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    Thanks for the info. The more I read about it the less happy I am with it, I originally bought it off the recommendation of a friend because I was planning on getting a TREX 550-600. I've seen a few things on the internet that say in order to get it to work I need to open it up and do some soldering. I can solder, but soldering inside my Tx just so I can fly my first R/C vehicle is less than desirable. I'd like to see what 'normal' is before I go mad scientist on my equipment, lol. I would love to hear what you use. Chances are I will sell the DX8 and get something else(sucks, waste of money). Thank you!

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    This is my main FPV wing -

    http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread....ther-Scout-Bee

    I've got a DragonLink on that, and a Futaba 9C to 'drive' the DL transmitter.

    I have another, slightly smaller wing that I use just for bashing around but don't have any pictures of it on the interwebs.

    Ground equipment wise, I've got a tripod with a standard Lawmate receiver and a 14dbi patch - all powered by a 3S LiPo. Pretty simple stuff.

    I think the key in FPV is to do your research, and KISS as far as possible.

    http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread....TO-FPV-SUCCESS

    http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread....p-philosophies

    Have a good read of these and you'll be on your way, loads of good info.

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    Welcome to the lab.

    I used to be stationed out at Barbers Pt. from '92 to '95. Flew out at the Kauinui marsh over by Kaneohe, great place to fly. You should have a blast with a Zephyr with all the cliff around there.

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    Thanks airtruksrus!

    I am looking forward to it, I am only here for about another year before I transfer so I need to get on it! Getting some good aerial video of Pearl Harbor, Kaneohe Bay, the North Shore and of course the mountains/cliffs are my goals before I get out of here.

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    Best of luck on the training, wear the flight sim out, should keep you from wearing out the Zephyr before you're ready.

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    Love Hawaii.

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