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The Ultimate FPV ground station (rebuilt) - build log


#1

After 2 years of step-by-step advancements in my FPV ground station, the time has come to rebuild that thing!
I take all I learned, and start from scratch. Cut out all that is not 100% necessary, and make the remainder neat and small.
I want to take this thing everywhere and deploy in minutes.

The aim of the game is to build a FPV ground station that allows

  • 4 people to connect their goggles and fly
  • display the 4 streams to bystanders/race director
  • record the 4 streams
  • to allow instant replay
  • and post video production

My current setup does all that, its just a PITA to transport.
So while Im rebuilding the beast, I will post some links, lists, videos, pictures as we go.

part list to start with:

$250, Injection Molded 2U Studio Flyer Rack Case https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1315906-REG/skb_1skb_isf2u_injection_molded_2u_studio.html

$180, 20" screen:

$1500, 4x ClearView Racing video receiver: https://www.readymaderc.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=6119

$240, 4x CVBS-SDI converter: http://www.dx.com/p/wiistar-sdi-to-vga-cvbs-av-sdi-converter-for-monitor-camera-454466#.WZ-ekpMjFGo

$1000, ATEM TVS video mixer:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/766072-REG/Blackmagic_Design_SWATEMTVSTU_ATEM_Television_Studio_Production.html

$1200, quad split generator:

$1000, video recorder, BDM Hyperdeck Studio:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1007193-REG/blackmagic_design_hyperd_st2_hyperdeck_studio_2.html

$200, SSD Sandisk:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1059852-REG/sandisk_sdssdxps_480g_g25_480gb_extreme_pro_ssd.html

$200, rack mounted 12V power supply: http://www.ebay.com/itm/CCTV-16-Port-DC12V-8Amp-Regulated-1U-Rack-Mount-Power-Supply-PR816-12R-/131590577938

These are parts of the existing setup. Only the case is new. Just ordered that, so it will be a few days before I can move on.


#2

@Benedikt: That sounds like a complex and expensive project! Would love to see some pictures of what your current setup looks like in action, so we can have a baseline point of reference. Hopefully, you’ll be able to share pics as you assemble UFPVGS v2 as well. :smiley:

Being a mere mortal, my only consideration is between a 7" Eachine and a 10" Aomway FPV monitor from BG. Although now that I think of it, I might be able to attach a vRX to our smaller LED TV with better, but non-mobile, results. :wink:


#3

Expensive is relative. This rig will be used professionally, it will pay for itself eventually. Complexity, I will try to reduce as much as possible, to make it reliable and easy to setup.
Picture description of the current setup will be a lot of work and probably quite confusing. But I will take pictures along the way. Since I will be taking it all apart, there will be a change to take pics of all components indivually before putting it back together.
Should be fun :wink:


#4

Agreed on relativity. You’re a professional doing this for a living. We are amateurs doing it exclusively for the fun. Same hobby, but a completely different league. :wink:

Good luck with the rebuild! I look forward to following your progress, and learning something along the way.


#5

Hey, how about 24/7 livestream from that console for us plebs?


#6

The business coming from this project if far to small to live from it.
Maybe we get there eventually. But as long as I can somewhat cover the costs, I will keep doing this.
This is also “just” a hobby for me. But yes I want to take this to the next level, and make the result available to as many people as possible.
Either in person on our events, or as a blue print for a group/club to copy.

One part of the reason to (re-)build this ground station is to make it more flexible so I can attend more events with it.
And the other big part is to share the info how to build it, so others can copy it.

24/7? You dont want to see that :wink:
But I will certainly make more videos and streams once its all easier and quicker to use!


#7

@Benedikt: I meant “professional” in terms of your overall MMW business. While the Ultimate Ground Station project may not be profitable itself, I would think of it as promoting the MMW brand and business. Worst case, you have fun and get a tax write-off. :smiley: (Marketing expenses, I believe. But I’m not a tax expert by any means, for Australia even less than US. ;))


#8

a few pictures of the almost-complete build:


#9

Wow! After DaLunchbox fiasco - I’m sorta interested in building a very affordable ground station for max of 2 people - do you have any suggestions for doing so, or perhaps there is already a post in this forum? I searched ground station and this popped up.


#10

This is great! I can’t wait to learn more.


#11

Well, with the above part list and pictures, I think its fairly straight forward to build your own.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!