Rear Panel - Wiring

I hope you're ready to sniff some solder, because the party is about to get started. Fortunately, other than the battery connectors, all of the soldering is for the rear panel. That means we can set up our stations, get the fume evacuator fired up, and do this all in one go.

At the end of this, the wiring inside is going to be a rat's nest and there isn't really any way around that. I may subsequently redo the wiring with servo wires, but for now I'm using the 24-28awg I had laying around already. Make sure you use stranded wire and not solid core, otherwise you're going to be in for a world of hurt.

Anyway, to make servicing a little bit easier, I put the power connectors on short leads with their own blade connectors on them. Make up 4 of these and use different genders for the + and - leads. This will keep you from accidentally reversing polarity any time you need to disconnect and reconnect the rear panel. Because of the external nut, these can be soldered without the connector on the panel.

Don't forget to heat shrink the ends by the barrel connector. With the leads soldered, you can strip the opposite ends and crimp the blades on, then shrink the heat shrink that comes pre-attached. After you've done all 4, you can use the supplied nut and washer to mount them to the rear panel.

As you can see, the rat's nest is already underway.

Next up are the video leads. Take one of the premade wires, cut it down to 7-8", and then strip the jacketing and strip the wires. The video jacks have the nut on the inside, so mount the jacks in the rear panel before soldering. As for the actual soldering itself, there are no tricks other than to pay attention to the mapping. There is an established and agreed upon mapping for this kind of plug and cable. Immersion and FatShark, however, took that standard, blew their noses in it, and tossed it aside. Because of this, the colors don't match up so you'll need to do that manually.

Repeat for the rest of the video leads. After that, the rear panel wiring is complete.

Comments

What are you using to split the main A/V signal to the outputs? Are there any losses in A/V quality??

Thanks!

Rusty

There is an ImmersionRC PowerBox inside that handles the A/V splitting and power filtering. I haven't posted pictures of that part yet though.

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