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Started by Craig Meyn Mar 10, 2015. 0 Replies

Hi AllPurchased a FlyPro X600 and I am trying to sort out what would be the most suitable camera to use for FPV and some video/stills photography.  The supplier has wired it up for a GoPro 3.  That…Continue

Introductions. Drop in and say hello!

Started by John Cousins. Last reply by Ben Dellar Apr 8, 2014. 35 Replies

Hi there fellow sandgropers! Jump on in and tell us a little about yourselves, how you got into UAV / UAS, where you live, fly and what you're up to! My name is John Cousins and I live in Willetton.…Continue

UAV Long Range Video

Started by Stephen Gloor. Last reply by Stephen Gloor Dec 10, 2012. 4 Replies

I don't know if you have all seen the write up by CanberraUAV however Andrew replied to a question with this:"Comment by Andrew Tridgell 11…Continue

Centenary Ave, Wilson - OK or not?

Started by Brett Glossop. Last reply by Brett Glossop Oct 26, 2012. 5 Replies

I've noticed no-one at this flying site in my last two visits. is being hit by the council? Or is it biz as usual?brettContinue

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Comment by ootktk on April 12, 2013 at 7:37am
Thanks JB!
Comment by JB on April 12, 2013 at 6:39am

Hey John

The old invite expired I accepted your request now you should have mail.


Your in as well buddy!

Comment by John Cousins on April 12, 2013 at 5:53am

Cheers JB!

Mate I've searched high and low through all my accounts. Can't locate the invite?

I've Joined on Google+ but that's not the group is it?

Any ideas?


Comment by JB on April 12, 2013 at 5:16am

Hi John

You should already have an invite from our WAUAV group. Maybe check your trash email for the link? Let me know if it doesn't work.

I like your new bird btw...might have to have a look at it one day you're "onshore" for a change....I'd still really like to use a wing for SAR/OBC...

Hobby King now sell a miniOSD clone as well btw. You need to watch the wiring to the APM that you get it the right way around with the TX/RX data, otherwise it doesn't do much...figured that out the hard way!

Cya on the new're sorely missed there! :)

Comment by Stephen Gloor on April 6, 2013 at 9:08pm

Hi John,

I hear you - I get a bit twitchy after a week.  

I think the Horyzon total weight with screen is less than the GoPro however it does suck that the screen is not detachable.

Comment by John Cousins on April 6, 2013 at 7:33pm

Cheers Stephen, request sent.

It's the new Hobby King (who else) Phantom FPV.

Horizon HD is great...  but not too sure if I want to carry the screen with me as I like a minimalistic electronics bay and want as little weight as possible in this bird. Might just record via ground station... Composite quality sucks but the added bonus is that you are recording video link quality for analysis later which is great for testing antennas... Not sure yet.

Incredibly well priced for the quality of finish!

Back offshore on the 9th by the looks of things.... truly over it now. 4 weeks on.. less than 2 off, then another 4 weeks on the floating iron prison coming up by the looks of things. Crap!

I've heard a few reports about people killing the Minim. Cheers for the tip... think I'll power mine off the APM too then. Do you know if it draws much current? I wouldn't imagine so... I love the idea of the minim just stripping the data from the APM. So much neater than another stand alone OSD.

Comment by James masterman on April 6, 2013 at 6:45pm

Hi John which plane is that? Looks cool. 

I've used MinimOSD - it's very good when it works. The new "extra" firmware is very full featured. They are very easy to burn out, though. Most people seem to have problems if they power both sides of the board. I just solder the jumpers and power off the APM. Seems to work fine. You will need to splice into your telemetry cable between APM and telemetry Tx to connect to MinimOSD

Comment by Stephen Gloor on April 6, 2013 at 6:44pm
Comment by Stephen Gloor on April 6, 2013 at 6:44pm

Hi John,

You back onshore?  I am offshore next week for a week.

Like the wing - why not try a Horyzon HD

That is the camera I am going to buy when they come back in stock.

The APM is working well now - just needs tuning.

BTW you have the new group URL?  There is no reason you cannot participate.  I know you guys don't always have the comms offshore that the company people have however if you can get on the internet you can stay in touch.

Comment by John Cousins on April 6, 2013 at 6:28pm

Nice work Stephen!

Just put together a new bird to try! It's my first APM flying wing.

I think the size is pretty much perfect (1550mm). Should be good for somewhere around 35 - 40 mins with a 5000mah, is slow flying and fits in the car easily without disassembly.

Foam quality is top notch. Very close tolerances and no gaps. Similar finish to the Penguin and it makes the X5 look prehistoric.

Only the ESC looks marginal, upgrading to 40 amp for some headroom.

Only downside is that fitting a GoPro might mess with the aerodynamics and balance, so might have to run with live feed only. 

Has anyone on here used the Minim OSD? Might give it a bash on this one.



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