Death Valley (TBS @ USA Road Trip Chapter 3)

Flying in Death Valley with the Zephyr and a HobbyKing RadJet. (verbal permission from a ranger on site! normally R/C is banned in Death Valley be sure you get permission!). Death Valley is an amazing place for FPV. The salt flats and surrounding area are pretty challenging RF-wise. We managed to reach 5km, then the video link started to deteriorate. R/C was still within a reasonable safety margin but surprisingly weak too.

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Comment by Ellison Chan on February 15, 2012 at 11:58am

Nice video.

Why would RC be banned in Death Valley, I wonder.  Seems to me like the perfect place for it.,wide open, and and great lines of sight, and beautiful country.

Comment by trappy on February 15, 2012 at 11:58am

No idea. FPV is banned in a few National Parks. Interestingly, we only got into trouble in the ones where it isn't banned.


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Comment by RoboCopter on February 15, 2012 at 2:44pm

Awesome video! Hey are you guys using a GOPRO for the video camera? It is hard to tell. Also what frequency is your video transmitter and how powerful is it? Thanks guys!

Comment by trappy on February 15, 2012 at 2:46pm

Thanks. We're using a 500mW 2.4GHz video transmitter that you can buy in most US FPV shops. The camera on the plane is a GoPro 2, the camera on the ground is a 550 from Canon.

Comment by Sky Monkey on February 15, 2012 at 5:13pm

Is your RC aircraft controlled via 2.4GHz as well?

Comment by trappy on February 15, 2012 at 5:16pm
No R/C runs on the 70cm HAM band (433) using EzUHF.
Comment by Sky Monkey on February 15, 2012 at 5:23pm

Thanks for clearing that up.  So what's next?

The Vegas Strip?

Boulder dam?

Grand Canyon?

Monument Valley?

Mesa Verde?

Carlsbad Cavern?  Underground UAV flying - cool!

Comment by trappy on February 15, 2012 at 5:26pm

Some of these might just have been flown ... :)


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Comment by Mark Colwell on February 15, 2012 at 6:01pm

Any locations planned for Colorado? Would like to meet up your crew. 

Comment by trappy on February 15, 2012 at 6:06pm

no, the roadtrip is already done. we drove around in AZ, CA and UT.

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