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Why is it bad to power up a drone without an antenna on the VTX?

Short answer: Yes, this is very much true. The VTX sends out radio-frequency (RF) energy through the antenna connector and pigtail, and if nothing (or the wrong thing) is connected at the other end, ...
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Can circularly and linearly polarized antennae be used together for FPV?

The compatibility of mixed polarity antennae depends greatly. For a little background in RF polarity, this diagram shows the difference between the four main types of antenna polarization available: (...
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When flying FPV in a group, what are the best video transmission channels/frequencies to use to avoid interference?

To answer this question, there are two things you need to know. First you need to be able to map the various channels and bands to their frequencies. Second, you need to understand Intermodulation ...
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What should I look for when choosing an FPV camera?

When choosing an FPV camera, there are several things that you need to look out for: Sensor Technology Most modern FPV cameras use a CMOS sensor. These are digital sensors that generally tend to have ...
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What are good specifications for a intermediate medium priced quadcopter?

Okay, as someone who has just recently passed through this stage, here's my take on it. Almost all of the considerations below stem from the maxim that the best drone for you is one that you will fly ...
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USB Webcam Parts for FPV?

These four wires are most likely a USB connection, red and black are power, and the other two are USB data. That means you can't use it neither with today's analog gear, like the VTX that you linked ...
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How do DJI drones achieve such long flight times compared to traditional FPV drones?

There's no magic technology, it's just a difference in design goals. FPV drones are designed for speed, performance and robustness, DJI drones are designed for duration and carrying a gimbled camera. ...
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Why is it bad to power up a drone without an antenna on the VTX?

Your VTX is a high-power RF transmitter. When operating with an antenna, the RF power of the transmitter is radiated out through the antenna. When the antenna is missing, the RF power is reflected ...
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What should I look for when buying FPV goggles?

There are several factors that are important for what FPV goggles are right for you: Type The first thing you’ll notice is that there are two main types of FPV goggles: slimline and box. Slimline ...
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Isn’t flying FPV drones illegal accoding to FAA rules?

FPV is not actually illegal because that document also states: Part 107 does not apply to model aircraft that satisfy all of the criteria specified in section 336 of Public Law 112-95. and the ...
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When flying FPV with a 5.8ghz video transmitter, is an Amateur Radio License (Ham license) required?

No, you do not require an Amateur licence to use this equipment. Most RC equipment that operates at 5.8GHz (or 2.4GHz) makes use of what is known as an ISM band, a series of frequencies made ...
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Reasonably priced FPV Drone for beginner

let me clarify a few things that may help you decide on direction, if any, to take. Your question is not really something anyone can objectively answer because you need to consider what your level of ...
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Calculating the range of an FPV drone

I'm going to give you the answer first: Yes, it is worth calculating the approximate range if you're building a (very) long-range aircraft. However, theoretical calculations will usually be such a ...
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Isn’t flying FPV drones illegal accoding to FAA rules?

The rules for operating a UAV in the United States have been in a nearly constant state of flux for the past few years with perhaps the biggest changes coming from the FAA Reauthorization Act in late ...
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What blocks an FPV video signal?

Just about anything will block/interfere with radio signaling if there's enough of it in the path between the transmitter and receiver or in the immediate vicinity of them. (sometimes referrred to as ...
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How to focus a newly-replaced lens on an FPV camera?

I like to set the drone in a window or take it outside. Then adjust the focus while looking through the goggles until I get it where it looks good to me. You may also wish to print out a focus test ...
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How do I pick my gear when getting started with FPV multirotors?

There are quite a few aspects of FPV, so a I’ll give a summary here. I’ll try to be concise so if any extra info is required or wanted, please let me know. The first thing to look at when you’re ...
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USB Webcam Parts for FPV?

This looks like a typical USB pin connection: +5V, Data- (white), Data+ (green) and Ground. This camera uses a digital signal. Sorry, but it can not be used with a analog video transmitter.
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What is a "mushroom antenna"?

A "mushroom" is just a clover-leaf antenna. Generally they have a plastic cover that makes them look like a mushroom, hence the name.
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When flying FPV with a 5.8ghz video transmitter, is an Amateur Radio License (Ham license) required?

Are the rules different around the world? Is a technicians class amateur radio license sufficient? What about the requirement to transmit your call sign every 10 minutes? Is that necessary in this use ...
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First radio transmitter. Taranis X-Lite, X9 Lite or Jumper T8GS?

At this point I would recommend the radiomaster TX16S. It goes for about the same price as the other radios you list but has everything you need to get you going for a very long time. FrSky (Taranis) ...
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How do DJI drones achieve such long flight times compared to traditional FPV drones?

This is a good question. In short, While DJI drones certainly have a lot of engineering and design put into them, the way they achieve long flight times is no secret. The DJI drones' long flight times ...
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What is the standard setting for the Ele stick in FPV mode

Short answer The standard is that pulling the elevator stick backwards lifts the front of the quad, the same as an airplane (pull up). This is the same regardless of LOS/FPV/otherwise. Longer answer ...
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Why do people say flying FPV is harder than LOS?

Because flying FPV you have a limited view of the UAS position relative to yours and because your field of view is limited by the characteristics of the sensor (mainly the camera) that you have on ...
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How do I pick my gear when getting started with FPV multirotors?

Here is my advice for getting started in FPV. Step 1: Get a Radio, Fly a Simulator The first step is to buy a quality radio. Pilots who are used to video game controllers might like a FrSky X-Lite ...
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Calculating the range of an FPV drone

I just want to add to FlashCactus's excellent answer... Depending exactly what you want, you can get some fairly good estimates on range on various range calculators online. You can get them pretty ...
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How to fix OSD flickering?

I fixed it by adding a common ground between the 5v regulator and the flight controller. I can't explain the science behind this, but I took the answer from this video from Painless360 The flickering ...
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What is a "mushroom antenna"?

Some brand-name antennae actually have the word "mushroom" in their model name. In common parlance, though, unless the model name is spelled out fully (such as "VAS Mad Mushroom"), it can refer to any ...
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Quality of transmitted image and electrical problems

There’s a lot to unpack here, so I’m going to give a general kind of advice that should be helpful for anyone trying to get cleaner video: Electrical Power There are two main aspect to the image ...
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What does the TVL rating mean for FPV cameras?

TVL (TeleVision Lines) is a measurement of the "resolution" of an analog camera. Digital video systems use pixel resolution to specify how many pixels wide and tall the image is (e.g. 1080p = 1920 ...
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