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Next video is up in first post - Whats needed for a FPV setup!!

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These are great videos, thanks for posting Ifti!

I just received an amazing gift from my wife that includes the Phantom 2, Zenmuse H3-3D Gimbal, FPV setup with 7" Black Pearl and transmitter with antennae upgrades. I swear she must have watched your videos before buying as it is complete!!

What I am curious about is I have been using an iPad simulator to practice flying, and have been flying the Phantom 2 without any additional hardware installed to minimize loss in a crash. If I install all the hardware in your videos, how much of it can I easily remove to continue to practice? Or once it's installed, it should stay installed as mentioned in the videos?

The gimbal looks somewhat permanent, the anti interference board and transmitter are not a real issue, other than you mentioned not powering the copter up without the antenna installed.

I do want to install it all to test and be sure it is a complete and operational solution. But I also don't want to leave it on and risk damaging it while still learning to fly.

Your advice is greatly appreciated, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you!
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These are great videos, thanks for posting Ifti!

I just received an amazing gift from my wife that includes the Phantom 2, Zenmuse H3-3D Gimbal, FPV setup with 7" Black Pearl and transmitter with antennae upgrades. I swear she must have watched your videos before buying as it is complete!!

What I am curious about is I have been using an iPad simulator to practice flying, and have been flying the Phantom 2 without any additional hardware installed to minimize loss in a crash. If I install all the hardware in your videos, how much of it can I easily remove to continue to practice? Or once it's installed, it should stay installed as mentioned in the videos?

The gimbal looks somewhat permanent, the anti interference board and transmitter are not a real issue, other than you mentioned not powering the copter up without the antenna installed.

I do want to install it all to test and be sure it is a complete and operational solution. But I also don't want to leave it on and risk damaging it while still learning to fly.

Your advice is greatly appreciated, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you!
they really are so easy to fly, take your time & find a nice big open space & it'll be ok. I don't use the plastic clips on my gimbal, so can be removed from the rubber ball dampers & unplugged (not that i ever have removed it)
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These are great videos, thanks for posting Ifti!

I just received an amazing gift from my wife that includes the Phantom 2, Zenmuse H3-3D Gimbal, FPV setup with 7" Black Pearl and transmitter with antennae upgrades. I swear she must have watched your videos before buying as it is complete!!

What I am curious about is I have been using an iPad simulator to practice flying, and have been flying the Phantom 2 without any additional hardware installed to minimize loss in a crash. If I install all the hardware in your videos, how much of it can I easily remove to continue to practice? Or once it's installed, it should stay installed as mentioned in the videos?

The gimbal looks somewhat permanent, the anti interference board and transmitter are not a real issue, other than you mentioned not powering the copter up without the antenna installed.

I do want to install it all to test and be sure it is a complete and operational solution. But I also don't want to leave it on and risk damaging it while still learning to fly.

Your advice is greatly appreciated, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you!
Personally I made sure I was comfortable with flying the craft before I bolted on any extras. I have several flights under my belt before I attached the Gimbal and GoPro. I then performed several flights with just the gimbal and GoPro attached, before proceeding with the FPV installation.

If you're following my video guides, it would be a pain to add and remove all the kit every time you wanted a 'practice flight'. Removing the gimbal is easy enough - just remove it from the damper balls and unplug the gimbal cable, thats it. But considering some of the FPV stuff is internal, its not so quick and simple.

An easier way to to it is:
- unplug the gimbal cable
- remove the gimbal from dampener balls
- unplug the power cable going into the FPV transmitter (although the transmitter may be stuc onto the craft so best to leave it in place)

A few things to bear in mind:

1. When the gimbal is attached, always ensure a GoPro is in place before switching the craft on. Otherwise the gimbal is not balanced and goes crazy.
2. When the FPV transmitter is installed, ALWAYS ensure the antenna is connected BEFORE switching the craft on! Providing the transmitter power without a connected antenna could kill it completely!

Bear in mind you do not have to have the monitor switched on even with the FPV gear attached. dding FPV gear also adds weight, and the feel of the craft can change very slightly. Its best to add the equipment and thehave a few flights without loking at the monitor first, to get a good feel of the craft in its 'final form'. When you start using the FPV monitor it can get a little confusing to start with as its adds a whole new dimension to flying - hence I always keep a visual eye on my craft and only us ethe FPV monitor to frame shots etc when need be! It takes a little gettng used to!

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These are great tips guys, thanks for the help!

I watched all the videos, and took the plunge and installed everything. And wouldn't you know it, they all worked like a charm.

I am currently playing with channels and antennae to get the best video range, but am finding that I have no intent of flying without FPV now! It's amazing and has save my butt for sure. Seeing branches, roof lines etc through FPV totally makes up for lack of depth perception.

I have really had great luck flying so far and have been very careful. I have shot from my boat on the local river as well as hand-landed it due to limited deck space on the boat. So things are progressing really well.

Quick question, what would be a symptom of a fried transmitter from no antennae being attached? Would it be totally bake it, or just cut is transmit strength? Mine is working, and I get decent video but not to the distances that some are experiencing. This is the AVL58 going to the Black Pearl using the included dipole on the Black Pearl and coil that came with the AVL58 on the transmit side.

It is very directional. So if I fly it away around one city block, I have video. If I turn the Phantom, it breaks up as the antenna is on the back. Turn it around again and I have video flying it backwards all the way back. That sounds like the transmitter is doing it's job, just needs better antenna or positioning.

I have also tried the coils on both sides, but with diversity on, the Black Pearl will lock onto the remaining dipole antennae

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Ive never tried powering the transmitter without an antenna attached so am not sure exactly what happens, but from what I understand it will completely fly the transmitter. I cant see why it would though - I mean, I would expect it just to provide super poor signal strength, but not completely fry it!!
Anyhow, I wasnt willing to try and find out! lol

I'll be moving onto the Phantom 3 soon, and looking forward to Lightbridge......

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