View Full Version : "Big Fish" vs Digital TV

06-29-2008, 12:47 PM
Well, some might have read about how my FPV system helped (http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35910) me to recover my Big Fish (http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35798) after I was "shot down" by a high power Digital TV (tower to tower) link.. swirling to the ground but then pulling out as it cleared the link...


Since then I have been flying about 2 or 3 kilometers away to stay out of the path and not relive that loss of control..

Yesterday.. I found that I cannot escape it.. I was making some great video of me skimming some low clouds.. cool stuff.. but then it happened again.. full left rudder and downward spiral.. she caught the signal at least twice on the way down which produced 2 very dramatic pull-outs, but the digital TV signal got one last grip as I was about 50m up.. which ultimately mated the Big Fish with the ground.. completely vertical nose down..

I flew across my field in the car.. just to find her in pieces.. about 10' away from a lightly traveled road.. anyway.. the damage to the fuse is immense.. the wing with exception to one of the motor mounts, is remarkably intact. so I am not sure exactly what the Big Fish has in her future..

It was not a good day..

06-29-2008, 01:18 PM
A little hot glue here and there...some spackling...generous use of packing tape...and she will be just as good as new:roll:

Then again maybe it's time to replace that fuse;-)

07-01-2008, 03:02 PM
I was wondering why the fuse had split apart so cleanly. Read your build thread and saw that it was bolted together, not glued.

I wonder if it would've survived if it was glued?

07-01-2008, 04:37 PM
actually I think that the fuse not being glued saved my wing and the top of the fuse where the wing joins.. absorbing the energy whuch would have ripped it off.. In my house, better a busted nose than a busted wing...

07-01-2008, 06:18 PM
What type of TX were you flying? If it was a 2.4 this could cause some real trouble when the country switches over to full digital next year.

07-01-2008, 06:30 PM

10-01-2008, 03:32 AM
I have finally found a way to recover the second half (second video file) of the SD chip video of this flight. First half was intact, (because I did my in flight pause) but the second half was gone because the camera was still recording till the crash, file was never completed. But I FINALLY was able to recover the data on the chip with one at the end of a looong line of share and freeware. More to follow.

10-01-2008, 10:36 AM
I decided to create a thread in the Aerial Photography forum to describe my video recovery, to further assist the AP/AV pilots with similar issues.