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In the mail: props, transmitters, frames, and more!

As my blog posts coincide with my YouTube videos, they are starting to have less and less creative names. However, you can watch me unbox and cover every item in the YouTube video below, or you can read my write-up.

So one of the things I received in the mail today (pictured below this paragraph) was the FrSky Taranis Q X7 transmitter. It has tons of features and the one I bought comes as a mode 2 controller, which means it is better suited for quadcopters and multirotors over fixed-wing planes and single rotor aircraft. Memory can be expanded via a micro SD slot, and on the left side there is a 3-pin connector that I have not yet figured out what it is for. This left side-right side thing I'm talking about is a cover on the front (facing the body) that I believe is misplaced, since any cables plugged into it will poke into your stomach. On the right side is a mini USB port, which comes with my other gripe. While I do have many mini USB cables lying around my house, it is an old, outdated cable that should either be replaced with micro USB or USB-C. While I understand USB C is extremely new and the world isn't necessarily ready for yet, at least micro USB would have made more sense in my opinion. It is a plug and play receiver for both Windows 7 and Windows 10, since my desktop runs Windows 7 and my laptop runs Windows 10 and both run fine in simulators with this controller. Something that I might try in the future is using Google Cardboard as a VR headset and try that for racing. However, my current Google Cardboard is a cheaply made free headset that doesn't have a head strap, so that would definitely be kind of hard to use.

The Taranis QX7, a more than capable transmitter.

Next up are the props that I received in the mail (pictured below this paragraph). The props I bought are Banggood DYS 5042 props. They are tri-blade and were recommended by the "under $100" UAV futures YouTube video, as well as other tutorials so it is the props that I decided to go with. They cost me $1.26 each, but at the time of writing the cost has gone up to $1.49. Hopefully when I go to China later this year I can find props for $0.10 each or something crazy. Anyways, I bought four pairs, which means I can replace each prop once, or replace one prop two times, since they come in pairs and one is clockwise and one is counterclockwise.

The DYS 5502 prop, of green clockwise variant.

Another thing I received was the Martian II 220mm frame, which is not pictured because it came disassembled, which means I will have to put together the frame later, which I will also be documenting. This frame comes with everything a frame normally has, including stands, mounts, brackets, arms, et cetra. However, it also comes with a free (albeit low quality) PDB and foam pads. We'll be looking at the PDB in a future post. I'm not sure what the foam pads are for, but I would assume they are for mounting cameras in order to reduce vibration. Quite useful, although I do have extra foam from my DJI Mavic Pro unboxing experience. That video may be posted in the future, although I would have to dig up the footage from my hard drive since it has been months since I got a Mavic Pro.

Aside from those items, I also received the Eachine VR007 goggles, an ESC, and a video transmitter, which I will start with the Eachine VR007s. Pictured below, I absolutely love these things. They are a steal for the price, which is $40. Although they have no fancy features like DVR and don't have much customization, they are quite comfortable and quite high quality for the price, especially compared to the well-respected FatShark Altitude V4 that comes out to be $350, something that costs almost 10 times less is a huge win in my books. For the budget I had, I probably spent around $350 total for all the parts I bought, everything included, so I can't complain when a top of the line headset is the same cost as my entire setup. I'll be reviewing these in the future as I build and get things working. In fact, since I have a video transmitter, a battery, and a camera, I'd like to see if I can get it working ASAP.

A top-view of the Eachine VR007 Pro, an entry-level headset on a budget.

I also received a video transmitter and ESC, but since I don't really know what I'm doing with those, so I'll be updating that in a future post! All the best,

Gideon Tong