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    Ground Station build Questions

    Hello guys,
    Im building my first ground station. Ive been reading a lot and looking at examples of other GS on rcg.

    SO, which is the better install? As in safer because less chance of failure. Setup (a) where the coax is doing the flexing, or (b) where the power and AV cables are doing the flexing?

    (a) is less flexible but has a securely threaded connector


    (b) is much more flexible but may be more prone to coming unplugged or the connectors spinning in the socket and loosing contact



    Thanks,

    Josh

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    The rubber bands and zip ties are for test fitting. Ive got some standoffs gluing.

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    I would go with option B for the added flexibility, with the addition of either hot glue or maybe a dab of silicone adhesive around the cable connections at the video receiver to ensure that there's no way they can come unplugged accidentally.
    Far better is it to dare mighty things, even though checkered by failure; than to take rank with those who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

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    Thanks, I was thinking something like that.
    Couple hours on fpv lab and a reply. Couple days on rcg in 2 threads... Nada.

    I'm liking you guys already

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    Check the numbers, the lab is 2 to 3 x bigger than rcgroups FPV forum, and most of the high value contributors are on this site. Bring your friends here

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    Ok, I'm gonna be movin my build threads over

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Flying Farmer View Post
    Thanks, I was thinking something like that.
    Couple hours on fpv lab and a reply. Couple days on rcg in 2 threads... Nada.

    I'm liking you guys already
    RCG seems to have FPV unless you fly with a buddy box, inside of a 100 meter square and below 400 feet.

    I was absolutely shocked that they are not embracing FPV.

    FPV is to RC what RC is to Control Line.

    PS Nice GS!!!

    I pl an to fly 20-30 flights with an omnidirectional bluebeam before moving to a High Gain.

    My goal is a mountain top that cannot be seen except from 10 miles or more away - you can not get close to it without a days hike - so I'll be following your build close!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotttu View Post
    RCG seems to have FPV unless you fly with a buddy box, inside of a 100 meter square and below 400 feet.

    I was absolutely shocked that they are not embracing FPV.

    FPV is to RC what RC is to Control Line.

    PS Nice GS!!!

    I pl an to fly 20-30 flights with an omnidirectional bluebeam before moving to a High Gain.

    My goal is a mountain top that cannot be seen except from 10 miles or more away - you can not get close to it without a days hike - so I'll be following your build close!
    Felt like there was sort of the same thing happening on RCUniverse, haven't gotten on there for a while. Too many haters of the FPV arts.
    KF7TSE

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    Thanks for the kind words. Do follow along

    I moved my test plane build log over to the lab. Tell me what you think. I also have some questions in the last posts.
    TFFs Test Plane build log

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    Question,
    Can I paint my helical antenna and back plate flat black with spray paint? What about my SPW and Cloverleafs?

    Im mocking up everything now. Ill post a couple pics of my intended layout.

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    Here is a ROUGH mock up of my gs. Ill mount the battery on the back of the tracker on stand offs cut to the length to make it balance. I dont want my tilt servo to hold the antenna up. I just want the servo to change the angle. It should be fairly easy to get it to balance. I hope to paint the wood and antennas flat black to match. If everything looks good, I will clean up all the wire runs. I want a clean and neat gs. I now need to find a pelican case to fit it.

    Does the placement of everything look ok? What do you guys think? Is paint ok on the antennas?








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