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RMILEC Signal Converter V3 SBus PWM PPM

RMILEC Signal Converter Signal Analyzer V3. If you want to test or fly with a SBus receiver without a flight controller the old fashion way, you are in luck; this signal converter is able to convert SBus signal into PWM signal and two-way PPM signal.  It can also convert PWM signal into PPM signal and SBUS signal, or convert two-way PPM signal into PWM signals and SBUS signals.  Amazing!  I will take some video to give you some ideas of what you can potentially use it for, probably more ideas than I can suggest.

Besides debugging signals, we plan to use the FrSky R9 MM, the latest long-range 900MHz mini receiver on a plane, so one option is to use RMILEC signal converter and connect directly to each servo leads.  The RMILEC Signal Converter carries a small footprint, about a size of a SD card.  There is also an older version that incorporate a LiPo alarm of this converter, in that way it also function as a low voltage warning system…

Motive-RC R8SB Telemetry Receiver on Taranis X-Lite

I still fly lots of planes the old school way, without any flight controllers, so this Motive RC R8SB all-in-one receiver even though a D8, it allows me to use my Taranis radio transmitter and most of the features.  Add a voltage sensor and I am all set.  The receiver comes with various model type SBUS, physical channel PWM outputs, PPM and RSSI.  The RSSI warns me about the signal strength before I fly too far out.   Here is a video on how I add a RSSI bar to my X-Lite screen using the Motive-RC R8SB.

The R8SB is like the FrSky V8R7-II receiver but with telemetry functions.  It bound instantly and lights up like a green lantern. There are more pins than a usual receiver, but they are nicely color coded to help me determine signal, power and ground.  The upper set of pins are your 8 channels or SBUS/PPM.  The lower set of pins are RSSI, two analog telemetry ports (A1&A2), A1 for internal receiver battery voltage sensor, A2 for external battery voltage sensor (0~30V, 1~6S) and one digital data-stream port (Rx, Tx)…

FrSky Taranis X-LITE Review Spring Unloaded

Frsky taranis x-lite

Introducing the FrSky Taranis X-LITE, the ultimate gaming radio transmitter. Made to match the ergonomic modern design of a gaming remote control, this radio transmitter has all the capabilities of a traditional radio and more.

One advantage of this FrSky radio is I can switch out to a R9M 900MHz frequency system for long range, low latency, going as far as 10 km.

First impression is good, it is more refine than anticipated.  The speaker sound is so much more superior than the Taranis X9D .  Equipped with the latest M12 Lite hall sensor gimbals.  Hall sensor gimbals are more precise and durable than traditional gimbals using potentiometers.  The switches may feel a little too small, but for casual flying (not competitive racing), this radio does just fine…

FXT Mars S T71 Micro FPV Camera 1000TVL

Introducing the FXT Mars S T71, easy to setup 1000 tvl fpv camera. In a nutshell, it shows me the voltage and that is a big win for me. The color production and sharpness not so much.

This little camera comes in various colors and displays the voltage balance on screen. Orange and red color is an added advantage to help me locate a lost camera in an open field. Wide-angle, as I can see the cockpit from the wing, on a plane.

Input voltage DC4.8V to 36V allows me to safely power up from the main flight battery or a secondary battery. This camera is super small, about a size of a penny, and lightweight. It is wired ready with a standard JR transmitter signal, ground and power cable. The power cable is separated, so you can power your camera in various ways. However way you decide to power up, keep in mind the screen will display the voltage, a useful feature that is built-in…

F2S Autopilot GPS OSD RSSI All-In-One Flight Controller

Amazing F2S all-in-1 flight controller, I think this is worth sharing.  The F2S coverts your fixed wing planes into a drone with GPS return home.  In addition, it adds all the telemetry information on your screen.  Best of all, no tuning needed.

We configure the F2S on an Eachine Mini Skyhunter Racer for this episode with a Mobius Mini. It does a nice turn on Return Home and circles in a 8 formation upon returning and begins to climb that 328 ft (100 m) preset. I have been flying this plane without Gyro, so at Manual mode, I still retain the full experience and know I can bail out at any time. The Mini Skyhunter is a fast plane, I noticed the Heading Mode seem to zigzag-drift occasionally, other than that, the rest is good so far. I get the most 11 GPS satellites so far. Here is a video of everything you need to get setup.

Pros – can be installed and tested under an hour, multiple flight modes and comprehensive OSD
Limitations or maybe good – little customization or tuning available or needed. Setup by radio, no computer required…

Eachine EV800 D FPV Goggle and Monitor

While testing several goggles for DM, Eachine EV800 caught my attention. Not only was the price great but something we have been doing, making a spare fpv headplay as a monitor. Eachine EV800 was designed with that in mind, a separable goggle 5 inch screen that can be used as small monitor with a tripod. The upgraded EV800D is even better.. brilliant!

First Impression, we love how it separates and serves as a monitor. In terms of the reception, clarity and usability, we have to report back after a few more tests. Standby.

Target User Segment
Keen FPV Beginner Pilots, First FPV Investment, Ready To Use, Budget USD$79 MAP (June 2016 )

DeviationTX Walkera Devo Transmitter Hacking

One of the best kept secret of a Walkera transmitter is the ability to support multiple protocols using deviationtx firmware. So if you are flying a selection of models, such as e-Flite Carbon-Z, Walkera F210, Blade QX, Yuneec Typhoon, Parkzone Micro Warplane, Spektrum DSM2 plane, JJRC Tarantula x6 or Hubsan X4; you can turn your affordable Devo transmitter into a power house that supports multiple protocols, all you need is the provided Walkera USB transmitter cable.

Specification:
The Deviation hacking project supports multiple protocols without any modifications to the transmitter:
● Devo 6/7e/8/10/12/F12e WK2401/WK2601/WK2801
● DSM2/DSMX JR, Spektrum, Turnigy
● Nine Eagles J6 Pro (with telemetry module)

Eachine LCD5802D FPV Monitor DVR

When you are out flying, recording your flights is a way to recover an aircraft, in an event of an engine failure. The Eachine LCD5802D 5802 is the next generation of budget first person view (FPV) monitors that gets better each time, putting it’s competitors (Lumenier, Skyzone) in a tough spot. It is light and easy to carry. I am really excited about this monitor, as it has every function we need to monitor our flights at dronemission.com. The Eachine 5802D LCD monitor comes with diversity antennas, DVR and 40 channels auto search, all three functions I would look for on a new FPV monitor.

First impression, every FPV pilot needs a DVR, with a DVR function, you can record your flight footage along with your On Screen Display information. This will allow you to playback, analyze your flight footage or to recover a lost model. The Eachine LCD5802D comes built-in dual receiver for best reception, allows you to place two types of antenna to provide the clearest picture in a variety of flying conditions. With dual buffered Audio Video (AV) outputs, you can connect a pair of google directly or an external monitor. It is capable of receiving 5 Bands and a total 40 Channels to cover all the transmitter known today and to stay compatible with new or old video transmitters. You can easily switch between channels with a one key signal search and the auto scan is fast!.

GTeng T909 FPV Watch for Drones

GTeng T909 is 2.6 inch LCD Screen FPV Watch, with a wearable receiver 5.8G for real-time video reception. Now if you want to form a shot or take a peek at your OSD altitude, you can peek at it on your watch. The 5.8G antenna is built-in with a 3dBi copper tube. You can turn on and off with the power button and best of all, the channel change button allows you to easily select the correct 32 channels.

Powered by a built-in 350mAh Li-Po battery and charged up via USB. You get about 60 minutes of runtime per charge, unfortunately the range is 60 meters, but may just be perfect to use for finding a lost quadcopter drone when you are within 60 meters.

Eachine Goggles One HD 1080p

Eachine Goggle One is a 5 inches 5.8G 40 channel Raceband HD 1080p HDMI FPV goggle and home theater video glass. An upgrade to the VR-007 goggle released recently. With a HDMI port, this will allow you to view HD FPV real-time video, complementing supported WIFI multirotors, such as the Solo by 3DR, DJI Inspire and other compatible HD quadcopters. We will put it to a test and report back next month.

The video gave a us pretty good sense of what is most comfortable and sharpness, however they are matter of preference.