Saturday, 29 September 2012

Lazy EZ* GoPro FPV

If like me you would rather be outside flying than inside building and tinkering with electronics, then this has to be one of the easiest FPV conversions that you can do.

What you will need for this conversion:
  • GoPro Camera
  • 2.4GHz 500mW video transmitter or similar - like this one
  • GoPro adapter cable available here
  • zip-tie
  • Velcro
The whole process takes about 2 mins from start to finish.

  1. Remove your EZ* cockpit canopy and cut a flat area the same width as your GoPro.
  2. Next cut a slot in the side of the canopy to slide the video transmitter in to.
  3. Next make 2 small holes, one at the front and one at the back of the flat are you cut in the first step.
  4. Now thread a zip-tie around the GoPro and through the 2 holes and the around the video transmitter and zip it up tight. Connect the power cable and GoPro adapter cable to the video transmitter.
  5. Attach a small piece of Velcro inside the canopy and use this for holding a small 2s 500mAh lipo for powering the video transmitter.

With a 3s 2200mAh lipo powering the EZ*, it balances very nicely on the CoG if you widen the rear of the battery bay so that you can push the lipo back about 2.5 inches further than normal.

This is by no means the best way to setup and FPV system and you can get much better range by using a better antenna and placing the video transmitter in a better position, but the big advantage with this is that you can just switch back to non-FPV by changing the canopy. Using completely stock antennae on the transmitter and receiver I have been out to over 1.5km with perfectly clear video. With this method, the nose of the EZ* will be in view, but I quite like flying like this as it gives me a bit of a reference point to have more of an idea of what the model is doing.

Important- Don't forget to use a couple of elastic bands to help secure the canopy on, because you don't want it falling off in flight.

Here's a little video to show what it looks like in flight. The flying starts at about 45 seconds and sorry about the music!

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