RSSI issues with TBS Crosfire and Eagle Tree Vector AP

Got the RSSI working on PPM channel 6. The RSSI value is still bouncing from 92 to 99. I just need to do a test flight and see how drastic the RSSI value goes down once the plane is up in the air. I had to upgrade the firmware on both Crossfire tx and rx to v1.06 to get the RSSI on PPM working.

10km test flight. 500mw stock TX and RX antennas

https://youtu.be/qgBZKMy8PaI

TBS Crossfire Long Range System

Just got my TBS Crossfire TX and RX today. Connected it to my Turnigy 9x (stock firmware) TX powered and bound the RX, all good up to this point. The ESC/Motor will not engage/enable (on channel 3) and channel 2 is not working all other channels respond on tx inputs. Re-bound the rx to the tx, same thing. Went to the RX Diversity on the tx and Output 1 - 8 are mapped to Channels 1 - 8. Firmware loaded is v1.00 No updates available on the TBS Agent, what did I miss?

Runcam or Mobius?

I like both but Runcam is cheaper. I have used both extensivley in all sorts of lighting conditions and I like the Runcam slightly better than the Mobuis. Lots of reviews online on both cameras so I will not bother even writing my own review 

2.4 GHz to 433 MHz PPM relay

Copied from another FPV Pilot we call "The Pianist

Very reliable PPM relay system. I use a Turnigy BEC to supply 5v to the receiver and 12v straight from a 3S pack to the DragonLink tx. I can put my 433 antenna gs anywhere in the launch site and do not have to worry where to point my tx antenna. I also used a PPM encoder to translate PWM from my Turnigy RX to PPM and fed straight to my DragonLink tx.

Pixhawk Flight Controller

I bought 2 Pixhawk FCs from 3DR but did not get the GPS module, I find $90 US is a rip off for a GPS module so I got a GPS module from Ebay http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Ublox-NEO-M8N.../281764017000? While waiting for ther GPS module to arrive, I've read in a post that the connector of this one that I got from Ebay might not work right of the box with the Pixhawk.

Mini Talon Maiden

Maidened my Mini Talon. Flies fast and can fly really slow, it glides and a lot easier to land compared its big brother! AUW 1.3 kg with 6000 mAh 3S. Eflite Park 480 910kv spinning a 9x7 Aeronaut CF folding prop. Takes off with authority under half throttle.

 

Left bank slight dive - Talon

Something is wrong with my Talon, it is starting to drive me crazy. It banks to the left with a slight dive and I can't fidure out why it is doing this. All control surfaces are level and the only thing I have on the left wing is a Dragonlink dipole antenna. I don't think the weight of the antenna + coaxial cable that runs 2/3 of the length of the left is causing this. 

MFD on Phantom FX-61

I moved my MFD AP from my Bix 2 to my Phantom FX-61 and with almost zero tweaking ( I just loaded the X5 settings and changed my pack to 4S) my FX-61 flew like it was on rails when on STB and ALT* modes even with 12 - 15 km crosswinds. I have used other APs in the past and most of them require a bit of tweaking to get the plane dialed in.

https://youtu.be/5dlk9v0Av6E

5th Bixler build

I love the Bixler 2 so much I built my 3rd FPV Bixler (5th Bixler plane in total). This one is for short range FPV flights in a smaller flight area (less than 5 kms). I plan to use this plane to get myself comfortable in using goggles instead of a monitor. I am also using this Bixler to test a few FPV components that I am new to. This one has the Hawkeye MiniRX 8-channel long range receiver which a I got from DTF UHF and the MFD OSD/AP I got from www.myflydream.com .

OpenLRSNG PSP 202 error - Hawkeye OpenLRS

What worked for me was to install the latest version of the Configurator but keep an older one (mine was 4.7) while still on Developer mode on Chrome. Connect using the to the new version with the checkbox checked, once I get connected and see the PSP 202 error I close the Configurator then launch the 4.7 version and connect again and whola it works! I can also reproduce it all the time even after reboots and multiple uninstall and re-install of the new and old Configurator. It is cumbersome and tedious process but it works.

RL transmitter + telephone cord extension mod

I want to share a mod that I did on my Rangelink LRS system. It is getting colder here in Canada and flying outside is becoming harder and harder as winter approaches. What I did was to mount the RL transmitter to a tripod and used a 25 foot telephone extension cord to connect it to my Turnigy 9x transmitter. I had to provide separate power to the RL transmitter as suggested by Sid becuase I'm getting continous beeping on the RL transmitter when I switch to high power mode. Thanks again Sid for providing the wiring digram!

RHCP and LHCP antennas

RHCP (right hand circular polarized) LHCP (left hand circular polarized) antennas are omni directional that use circular polarization. I primarily use these type of antennas for transmitting downlink video feed from my plane to my ground station to control the plane when going out pass LOS (line of sight).

8 km flight on the Skywalker

A good day, a good FPV plane equals a good distance flight! I flew my Skywalker FPV plane 8 kilometers away a few days... above water! This is the farthest I have flown my Skywalker and up to the time of this writing it is a personal best. The round-trip flight took 27 minutes and burned less than half of my 6,000 mAh battery. I would have pushed the plane to fly farther but I was getting concerned of my RSSI signal so at 8 kms I decided to head back.

New LRS System

DTF UHF LRS System
Got the DTF-UHF tx and receiver I bought from http://www.dtfuhf.com. I initially played with it by connecting it to my laptop via USB cable and so far I am really happy with how easy it is to configure the transmitter through the OpenLRSng app. Right off the the bat the spectrum analyzer worked like a charm. I will post/upload a howto and configuration video on the DTF-UHF LRS as soon as I get it installed on one of my FPV planes.