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05/27/2014

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Bo Lorentzen

Hello Dwayne, basically if you are going Goggles FPV, all you really need is 7channels, you are right about ignoring the F12e for FPV. unless you use for other stuff as well. however in reality I rarely fly based on the screen, goggles are where its at. a simple radio and go have fun.

Dwayne

Thanks Bo, Im looking at the CF or CNC 355 - those are in stock. So would you go with the Devo F12E and call it a day for FPV, or, go with an FrSky Taranis / Devo F10 (basically cheaper radio) with Fatshark Dominator V2's.

Bo Lorentzen

Dwayne, I would pick up a Armattan quad and modify it for FPV, the RTF builds is great value and so incredible easy to fly. great for getting into FPV.. once you are on the FPV drug, there is no turning back. :-)

Dwayne

Thanks for all the reviews! I am now weighing on what I love the most. The ability to film or the thrill of FPV and fun. I saw a deal with the Walkera 350 PRO and Devo F12E for about $750. Then saw then Scout X4 and it looks so much better. Then you have those Armattan quads that look like so much fun to fly. If I were to get the DEVO F12e I could do some FPV straight away I think. What would you do for your first setup? Or rather what do you find yourself flying most? Ive flown many smaller quads but now moving up to something to hold my mobius camera.

Bo Lorentzen

Hey Ted, sorry for the slow reply, been a couple of busy days here.
WOW> long list of things to do for me. turning a gimbal sideways is pretty easy, or you can just fly sideways and observe the other aircraft. goggles are idea for stuff like that.

YES, I hear you, I get a lot of FPV questions, and its probably getting to be time to do a FPV primer video.

BTW, video of moving object at the end of the flight from yesterday
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mputVsyDPr0

Ted Byers

I just got my X350Pro. It is looking very nice. I also have a Blade 350 QX2. I am still learning to use these things well, but I wonder if you have compared the two. If so, I would love to see your video record of that comparison. If not, I would love to see an objective comparison of the two. ;-)

I quite enjoyed your reviews of several products, ranging from the Hubsan H107D, through the Walkera Y100, to your review of this, and your followup focused on your first flight.

I wonder if one can point a camera to the side of the copter to record video of another aircraft or two flying beside it. That would be fascinating, especially if there is camera magic that would allow the video to display the turbulence in the air as the aircraft moves through it. Are you aware of any such videos that can be accessed online? If not, are you up to making one or two such videos (granted you'd need the help of a few of your friends)? It would be really cool to see a split screen video showing in the one side, the quad recording all the copters flying to one side of it, and in the other, what it sees.

One last thing. I am still learning to fly these things, but I think you would be well able to produce a series of videos showing how one can learn to fly fpv once one has learned to fly LOS. This is based on how well you did especially with your short video on one's first flight of an X350Pro.

Bo Lorentzen

Hey Chris, no worries, good for you. but please understand. I would give your walkera supplier a call, they should be able to walk you through this fairly quickly.

As for chargers, lots of chargers will do, anyone that have adjustable output, I use some from hobbypeople store, they charge the battery in about 20 minutes and cost about $75 each.
The market is full of old P1 chargers, those will charge the battery in about a hour. just buy a cable to connect to the Walkera plug.

Scott Crider

I'm one of those weird people that don't have (and really don't want) a Facebook account. Is there any other way to access the info?

Bo Lorentzen

Hey Scott, sorry to hear about the crash, the best source for those questions is my Buddy Matt's Facebook ground here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/711455455567160/

Scott Crider

Hey Bo! I discovered you on YouTube after crashing my new x350 pro from altitude :) Anyway, the impact cracked the housing but everything still initializes the same as before. I get good satellite connection, good binding with my Devo 10, and it will even go into calibration mode, but it won't arm. Any suggestions? Also, is there a battery charger that will allow for charging quicker than the one that came in the package? It's painfully slow. After watching all of your videos concerning this quad, I definitely won't make the same mistakes again. I just REALLY wanna get it back in the air! Thanks in advance.

Bo Lorentzen

Hey Kevin, no worries, you are never a bother, its just smarter to take advantage of the Facebook forum for troubleshooting your radio-setup. ;-)

Bo

Kevin Smith

Thanks Bo for the help and info. The instructions that came with unit did not appear to be for 350 pro. Regardless thanks for Facebook info I will have a look and I'm sure find all the answers there. Sorry to be a bother. Thanks for reply.

Bo Lorentzen

Kevin, first please join our FaceBook forum for 350 pro support https://www.facebook.com/groups/711455455567160/

From what you are saying, its my impression your GPS is working, but the radio is not setup correctly. the box come with a setup sheet for the radio, that will walk you through checking the settings, but hop to the support forum we have already answered this many times, and there is setup documents in the files section. :-)

Kevin Smith

I have set everything up checked and recheck...gone thru all steps over and over and having issue with GPS hold, RTH, round flight etc. None of these work. I'm getting 4 flashes showing good Sat coverage but the copter flies away in GPS hold, Return to home does not work copter just floats away into the distance. The radio settings were set up by Walkera. Any thoughts on what issue might be. Being new to this it was GPS hold that sold me on this unit as I felt it would be a great help learning how to fly and how not to crash. Thanks in advance for your help. Kevin

Bo Lorentzen

Hey Rory, you need to go into the menu and toggle through the video channels to find a channel with the video on. ;-)

Rory Hewitt

I just took delivery of a pro F7. my controller just has blue screen and does not show video and the iLook when connected just points straight up 90 degrees? Very frustrated! I am very new to flying and have no clue with settings on the controller. Can i get a file that will set all the settings?

Kevin Smith

Just wanted to say many thanks to Bo. I just purchased QR X350 pro with Devo F12E and I'm new to this hobby. Bo your vid's were a great help putting things together as well learning functions on controller. I have set everything up checked and recheck...gone thru all steps over and over and having issue with GPS hold, RTH, round flight etc. None of these work. I'm getting 4 flashes showing good Sat coverage but the copter flies away in GPS hold, Return to home does not work copter just floats away into the distance. The radio settings were set up by Walkera. Any thoughts on what issue might be. Being new to this it was GPS hold that sold me on this unit as I felt it would be a great help learning how to fly and how not to crash. Thanks in advance for your help. Kevin

Bo Lorentzen

Hey John, I really don't recommend modifying the radio to center the throttle stick. I know some people have done it and some like it. but here is the thing, if you arm the 350pro and the throttle slip from you, it will instantly jump to 50% throttle. thats cool in the air while flying GPS, but not while sitting in manual mode on the ground. Until there is a significant "philosophy" change in the setup of the APM controller, its not worth changing the stick.

In the figure, as GPS supported flying become more and more the standard, center stick will probably be the standard for most products, but this require the software be written around the center stick. ;-)

John Guba

Hi Bo, I like your instruction. I have a 350Pro with the Devo 10. I recently updated the quad from the Walkera site. It appears to be flying more stable in manual as well as gps. Do you have any opinion on setting up the left hand throttle to auto return to center position? If possible, would you have to change anything in the radio program beside removing the screw that allows the spring return to work the throttle? How does the phantom quad setup accomplish this position?
Thanks, John I live in Southern California, Thousands Oaks area.

Bo Lorentzen

@Byron, you need to go check out the Facebook group. here https://www.facebook.com/groups/711455455567160/

However. reality check... DO NEVER try to change low-battery-land to auto return to home... if the quad is about ready to land because it is out of power.. its a really bad idea to make it try to go home instead.. that is why it is auto-land on low battery.

Bryon

Hello, and thanks for the great information!

In the original post you mentioned:
1. turn off the low-power auto-land using any laptop. Gektor instructions link here......

but there is no link

This is the link i currently seek - how to adjust the low-power auto-land? Along these lines, out of the box can we change auto-land on low power to auto-return-to-home or does that require Mission Planner upgrades?

Bo Lorentzen

Hey Doc, you need to make sure its connected inside, but more importantly, the cable is probably missing, you need a long servo cable, plug it into AUX2 and then plug that cable into the fat cable you find in the kit. that is the start-stop control cable for the iLook+
Post the question on the FaceBook group I linked you to before. :-)

docBaliman

thanks bo! that's just exacticly what i have been doing for the past week...searching support forum on the net, but no luck so far...try my self to use the AuX thats normally assigned for starting stopping the camera, but nothing... so, if you have time-2-spare on any given sunday, besides watching NFL, I would really appreciate your help if u drop me a line -or 2- ;-)

thanks!

Bo Lorentzen

Doc, you need to pick a channel, like using the AUX thats normally assigned for starting stopping the camera. then you can use the switch on the remote. Its a bit more than one can explain in a blog post. you probably need to check out the 350pro support forum on FaceBook ;-)

Doc Baliman


Hi. There bo! The doc again!, i need help installing a simple and common micro servo to my walkera qrx350 pro. This is The second one (i take ur advice and buy a BNF brand new) and im installing a hand-Made parachute system, and i need to add a servo mechanism in order to make The parachute open!

I have The devo F7 controller, and The DEVO-RX703A receiver...

Can you please give me a hand? Thanks!

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