FPV Boxes

by FliteTest | April 8, 2015 | (12 Ratings) Posted in Tips

Here are just two examples of some all in one groundstations.

Peter's first all in one solution is based out of a Harbor Freight aluminum case.

Peter's case featured a cheap affordable Hobbyking 9X radio that was integrated into the whole unit.

Although cool looking, the case proved impractical for some purposes therefore Peter eventually abandonded this concept and changed to a different direction.

The monitor in this case was a 13" Craig TV, The problem with FPV usage was the "blue screen" function. The "blue screen" function proved to be troublesome when flying and having a signal that is starting to break up. 

Most monitors designed for FPV will display static or "snow". You can still fly and see the received signal through the static although it will be hard to see. This monitor would just display the "blue screen" thus making it a poor choice for flying.

Eric built this as his first "real" ground station. (as opposed to velcroing the Rx to a tripod) The monitor screen was used by his 2nd operator for operation of the gimbal camera while Eric flew the copter through the FPV board camera. 

Eric created his helmet because of the need to be mobile when flying shots that required quick moves from one location to another.  Unlike Fatsharks wireless goggles, the Zeiss cinemizers are attached by a wire to a control unit....the helmet provided the place for this unit, batteries to power the system etc.

Peter's second case was featured in a SKB 1610-5 Case. This case is water proof and proved more robust than the cheaper Harbor Freight option.

The case also integrated the transmitter for easy transport and travel.

Here you can see the master switches and sub switches. The sub switches (white) have yet to be labeled. These switches are manufactured by Carlington, Peter can't seem to find a link to the exact models at it seems as these are discontinued models.

The LCD voltage display can be found here.

The ground station features the GetFPV 8" luminer moniter, Immersion RC 5.8 ghz receiver and an EzUHF system.

Here we see the Graupner Mz-24 nicely cased within the box.

The battery compartment could easily hold multiple 3S batteries, Peter also stores some accessories in this compartment as well.

All neat and folded up!

We want to see your projects! If you are building your own FPV box please start a thread in the forums to show off your work. 

COMMENTS

rcflyer729 on April 8, 2015
no video:(
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rcflyer729 on April 8, 2015
hold on not writing too maybe there is a problem or it is not done uploading yet:)
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maximaal on April 8, 2015
Great video good tips
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Marker on April 8, 2015
Great video! Could we see more of Eric in the future. I am getting into AP and the videos with him in are sooooo informative and helpful!
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Samu FPV on April 8, 2015
Awsome video! I think this is the first Episode without Bixler?! :)

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rcflyer729 on April 8, 2015
lol I made those comment like 4 hours ago and than the article vanished and now it is back:)
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zann68 on April 8, 2015
What is used to attach the screen and RX's to the lid of the box? I have one of these cases and can't seem to get anything to stick to it.
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zann68 on April 12, 2015
Hobby King Blue Velcro is working great
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denys.sene on April 8, 2015
I actually had a lot of fun creating my ground station. I have a few suggestions. Is there a forum thread for this already?
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Epitaph on April 9, 2015
That was a great episode guys, Eric and Peter are onscreen naturals!! And those groundstations look fantastic!!

Now I am convinced I can make a mini-groundstation out of an small 25cm x 15cm x 6cm aluminium make-up box I have, using the small screen out of those cheap Quanum homebrew FPV goggles and some other electronics for small in close things, and even make it cheap!! I love the idea of the transmitter in the box because I am a pincher, and I would probably try that out with a Devo 7E which is cheap and very capable when prepared right, but that's much later on heheheh.

Keep up the good work guys!!!
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Slappknutts on April 9, 2015
What type of screen doesn't go blue with loss of signal? Is there a term I can search for? Fun episode, this looks like a fun project!
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Epitaph on April 9, 2015
Some I have seen that say "non blue screen"... but there is no real definition for it as far as I know.
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danallen82 on April 9, 2015
Here is my ground station. It sports an FPV monitor for the Pilot View. On the right is the HD transmission monitor for the 3-axis GoPro output (Camera view). The case doubles as a carrying case for the Tx, gimbal, HD link, and station legs.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3fvYfdurjhdVmZiUWhBc3ZJY0k/view?usp=sharing
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Tallicon on April 9, 2015
Any performance issues or risks having the UHF and 5.8 so close to each other?
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Fonebone27 on April 11, 2015
Please make a build video for a groundstation like the black case.
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NTTD on April 12, 2015
Looking for links to the products used in the build, I'm not seeing them here or in the description on YouTube.
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rclover2.0 on April 12, 2015
This is unrelated but what batteries do you use for the new power packs
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The-One-Who-Never-Crashes on April 17, 2015
There are no batteries included with the Flite Test Power Packs. However, there are some batteries on the store right now, and I believe that there will be others in the future.
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Isaiah99086 on May 22, 2015
Can you guys maybe make a build video on one of these or a more thorough overview on what you need to make one
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Digital Wolf on November 15, 2015
What are all the parts that peter used on his seccond FPV box? Can someone make a pricelist/partlist of it?
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JACKLSCOTT3 on July 4, 2016
so I'm building a very similar setup, using power switches for each leg of my system. should I use a capacitor to prevent any power surges in the system? also can anyone recommend a solution for regulating voltage? all the components Im using require 12V, so should i go with a 4s battery then use a voltage step-down regulator to get a steady 12v? Or will a 3s battery just plugged straight in do fine? any feedback is appreciated.
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Trogers82 on October 13, 2016
What material did Peter use to panel the lid and the compartment?
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Missaka on April 15, 2017
I have the same problem.
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