Thought I’d post an update on my latest FPV adventures. Well the spring started off with a bang – literally. I had received my Remzibi OSD and had first put it on the Bixler. The Remzibi is really great value for the money (~$66 on Aliexpress) and I’ll post a review of it later.
Unfortunately there was a lot of learning to be had with the FPV with OSD and the key problem I had was using the GoPro as the camera and was flying within an hour of sunset. I got a view of the sun and lost orientation. Switching from FPV to visual I tried to locate it in the sky, but couldn’t find it. I went back to FPV and tried to use the home indicator on the OSD, but this was spinning into the ground at that point.
Without a clue of where it`was the video signal was lost. I moved all the sticks, but couldn’t hear any servo sounds… UGH!
I got in my car and drove around – finally I found a spot where there was a slight video signal. So I walked around in the general direction that seemed to make the signal stronger…
Eventually I found it.. Smashed to bits !
I must of gone nose first straight into the asphalt. Destroyed the plane and GoPro… Oh boy…
Anyways – time to rebuild…
Tricopter FPV with Remzibi OSD and 600TVL Sony Super HAD CCD D-WDR
Another favorite of mine…
Spring in almost here, so I thought I would shoot out an update on where we are and what is going on. Spent most of the build seasons working on some cool electronics. The main effort was in putting together a modules for our RC cars as an RC Restrictor Plate:
There’s been a lot of learning on my part in terms of electronic design, PCB design, as well as surface mout technology. All a lot of fun, but since I’ve been learning as I do this I haven’t felt that I should post until I learn it first.
About the Restrictor Plate – it is a combination RPM sensor and controller to adjust the max speed of the RC cars. At out tracks the cars are just too fast for my son at the moment so I needed to design something which could slow down all the cars to EXACTLY the same speed.
We’re putting together a few of these now for race testing. Stay tuned.
Please let me know if there is interest in these types of electronics projects (RC related – some FPV some not…) I could easily do some tutorials on what I’ve learned if there is interest.
Also, I’ve opened an online store to sell some of the things which I’ve been buying in bulk lately as well as to get rid of some of my RC stuff I’m not using any more.
Check out the store HERE…
To get started I’ve put some high quality solderless breadboards on there – which are GREAT for RC/FPV prototyping:
I’ve got 6 of them left – so get them while they last!
A last note – Spring is almost here and I’m looking to get active with flying again.. Look for some new videos soon!
All the best,
P.S. Comments Welcome!