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Old 03-23-2011, 12:11 PM   #11
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I will try to get the max power ratings...think it is 100mw

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Old 03-23-2011, 01:58 PM   #12
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Thank you for that info, I'll make sure when I purchase my vid Tx it has those freq options.
I'm not sure of power, I have heard of people useing 500-800mw
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:23 PM   #13
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I'm not looking for reasons not to FPV I'm looking for info on what's a good radio.
I would like my post to stay on topic, not trying to be an a** about it but I'm not looking for regulation opinions.
Well consider this, first and foremost, this forum is made up of people that LOVE Radio Control modeling. As such, we are protective of it. When it comes to somebody looking for advice on how to do something that could very effectively increase chances of major regulations on our hobby, we tend to get a little touchy about it.
As has been mentioned, FPV flying is only legal under MAAC as long as it's still line of site with another pilot on the master transmitter.

Once you cross that line, you are now flying a UAV and subject to Transport Canada regulations. These are now Federal laws and carry severe penalties. Imagine if you hit a full scale aircraft while flying FPV, all you can see is what your camera is showing, doesn't show you anywhere else. You are not fully aware of your surroundings nor do you have any method of monitoring any other air traffic.

Sure, these are all big what if's, but with our hobby under the microscope at any given time, you have to understand where the defensiveness comes from.
I understand you're not looking for regulation opinions, but the simple fact is, when somebody is going to do something that could put themselves, somebody else, or the hobby in jeopardy, you will get those opinions whether you like it or not.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:01 PM   #14
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Jeremy: You might remember our "friendly discussion" from a year or so ago. . . Just for the record (and I don't take myself too seriously), I agree with every word you said above. . . Hope all is going well you. . . Cheers - John Mickle and greetings from sunny Florida
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:34 PM   #15
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Jeremy makes some good points, but my innitial post was just that MAAC will NOT cover you, weather it is illeagle or not is not for me to say, just letting you know that if you have an accident, you will be on the hook for any liability.

as for the u tube vidios, I hope that we all know better than to see somthing on u tube and think it must be ok, safe an leagle...have you SEEN some of the stupid crap on there....yikes!!! I think some people posting on there are front runners for the Darwin Awards!
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:54 PM   #16
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Fair enough guys, I have no intension of cloud surfing.
Some of places people chose to fly are crazy, that's why I'm going in the middle of no where to practice first.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:23 AM   #17
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Here is something else associated with this that could be a problem. The Canadian Air force in Ontario have a low level practice area that is around 30,000 square kilometers that runs north of hwy #7 near CFB Trenton. I have a map of this area. This area is mostly bush, trees and lakes and streams. On this map were 278 red circles, these were places for the pilots to avoid. They were various farms and instillations that the owner did not want them to fly over. This included angry people with firearms. Just one of the scenarios is a farmer wanting you to pay for 2 1/2 days of egg production because your UAV scared his chickens. Many of us has thought of doing what you want to do, but there are just too many speed bumps.

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There are a few threads on RCC about FPV. This one:


I found interesting as it described a complete set up including a long range Tx/Rx combination.
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