Congratulations on purchasing the Fat Shark Predator RTF FPV video piloting
system with goggles, transmitter and camera. To ensure your continued
enjoyment, please take the time to thoroughly read through this operating manual
The Predator has been designed to adhere to established video standards and is
compatible with any product also adhering to accepted video standards. Due to
the high number of different manufacturers and variation in quality, it’s impossible
to for us to have tested with every product combination and some troubleshooting
may be required if mix/matching components. The Predator has been thoroughly
tested with ImmersionRC gear. For best results and no compatibility issues, Fat
Shark recommends ImmersionRC gear for your accessory products.
PRODUCT WARNING: DO NOT LEAVE HEADSET EXPOSED TO DIRECT SUNLIGHT. SUNLIGHT WILL MAGNIFY THROUGH THE OPTICS AND BURN HOLES IN THE LCD COLOR FILTER THIS WILL NOT BE COVERED BY WARRANTY. KEEP GOGGLES IN PROTECTIVE CASE WHEN NOT IN USE!
Brightness/contrast control: pressing left and right increases/decreases display
contrast. Press forward/back increases/decreases brightness.
RX power switch: The receiver module power is controlled by this switch. If
viewing video source via the AV cable; the RX module needs to be turned off to
avoid image conflict.
Channel select: Pressing channel up/down buttons will cause the channel to
incrementally increase/decrease. Audio beep sounds on channel change. A long
beep sounds on channel top and bottom limits.
Note: Fat Shark only guarantees compatibility with Fat Shark or ImmersionRC
CH1: 5740 MHz CH2: 5760 MHz CH3: 5780 MHz CH4: 5800 Mhz
CH5: 5820 MHz CH6: 5840 Mhz CH7: 5860 MHz
Low battery warning: Audio warning if input voltage drops below 6.8V
Volume control: each press of button increments volume up or down. Standard
earphones can be used with the Predator (not included).
Downlink Overview (Camera, TX, Power)
Downlink system comes preassembled and tested for plug/play with your aircraft.
Simply connect the balance lead of your 2S or 3S (7.4V or 11.1V) RC battery to
provide power to your Fat Shark Downlink and you are ready to fly.
The handy balance lead filters RC servo and motor noise from your RC pack for a
crisp, clear image.
WARNING: DO NOT POWER TRANSMITTER WITHOUT ANTENNA ATTACHED. NO ANTENNA LOAD WILL CAUSE DESTROY TX RF AMPLIFIER – NOT COVERED BY WARRANTY
2.5mm lens for wide angle 100 degree FOV; ideal for fixed camera piloting. Stereo
audio microphone on either side of camera head. Camera has no controls.
Plugs camera directly into TX via included cable (pre assembled).
Power (via discharge filter supply)
AV in/out Port
RCA Connector: Yellow: Video, White:
Audio Left, Red: Audio Right
Connect AV cable to AV out port on right side of headset. Connect recording
device to cables and set up as per manufacturer directions.
Note: Cables pins are not all the same (see above chart), be sure to connect to
headset using the included cable.
Using an external receiver:
Use the AV cable to connect headset to the RCA AV port of external devices. To share the base station power supply with your goggles, pick up a 3m Dominator AV cable accessory from your retailer. Note; internal receiver must be shut off to properly display external AV.
The 1000 mAh 7.4V lithium polymer battery pack
is equipped with a 3 pole balance
charger lead that allows the
battery to be charged off
standard RC battery pack
chargers (not included). Follow
your charger instructions for
setting up for 1000 mAh 7.4V Lipo.
Note: some chargers require the
discharge cable to be connected.
Use the enclosed discharge lead
adapter for these types of
Note (1): If the charger fails to announce charge complete, but is showing battery voltageat 8.4V, the charge can be considered finished
DO NOT LEAVE BATTERY ATTACHED TO CHARGER WHEN CHARGER IS
NOT PLUGGED IN.
Note (2): If battery becomes fully discharged (may occur during shipping) an
internal safety circuit will trip to prevent the battery voltage from further
drain and damaging the battery. In this state the battery may appear
completely dead to RC chargers and may not be able to recharge until the
safety circuit is reset.
TO RESET BATTERY: Tap a 9V charge direct to the battery barrel connector
(GND to outside barrel, 9V to inside barrel) or apply via the discharge lead
adapter. This will instantly reset the battery and it can be recharged as
For near sighted users, diopter lens insert sets are available that include -2, -4 and
-6 dpt. See below insert instructions. Lens orientation is not critical.
SpiroNET Circular Polarized Antenna
The best performance enhancement for your dollar; SpiroNET
circular polarized antennae are manufactured to machine
tolerances and final tested with top end RF equipment for the
best performing CP antenna on the market.
CP antennae naturally reject multipathing (biggest cause of
5G8 video breakup) and have no mismatch polarization when
your aircraft banks – resulting in no rude range losses during
- FOV 25 degrees diagonal
- Interpupillary (IPD) distance: 63.5mm (fixed)
- Optional diopter lens inserts available in -2, -4, -6 dpt
- Channel selection
- Volume adjustment
- Power supply, 7-13V (2S/3S supply)
- Power consumption: 200/350mA (direct/wireless)
- 7.4V 1000mAh lithium polymer with safety circuit.
- NTSC/PAL auto select
- Interlaced only (not progressive scan)
- Ergonomic molded shape with adjustable headband
- Rubber eye cups for ambient light reduction.
- Weight: 163g
- Two full color micro VGA LCD’s (640 X 480 lines)
- Resolution 922,000 pixels per eye
- 5.8Ghz 7ch
- 3.5mm 4p AV in/out port
- Power in port
- 3.5mm 3p Earphone port
- PS/2 Power port (alternative headset supply from Futaba or ezUHF)
- Power supply: 3.5-5V (powered off TX)
- Power consumption: 60mA @5V)
- 1/4” CMOS
- Extreme low light capacity
- Available as NTSC or PAL (specify).
- 2.5mm IR coated
- 100°diagonal FOV (ideal for fixed camera)
- Square: 21 X 21 X 12mm
- Lens extrude: 15mm X 14mm diameter
- Weight: 15g
- Power supply: 7 – 13 V (2S/3S supply)
- Power consumption 310mA @7.4V
- Transmitting power: 250mW
- Frequency: 5G8 (see above frequency chart)
- External dipole (circular polarized compatible)
- 55 X 26 X 11 mm
- Weight: 22g (with antenna).
- Power supply: 7 – 13 V (2S/3S supply)
- Power consumption 390mA @7.4V
- Powered via battery balance lead
- Total weight: 42g (with antenna).
- For best performance, select a channel that has the least amount of
interference. While the transmitter is turned OFF, turn on the video
headset and look at the screen as you check each channel. Clear
channels will have a consistent static background. Channels with
interference will have horizontal static lines.
- Always perform a range test before flying. This includes AV and RC
controls. Some RC receivers can be affected by the proximity of other
electronic devices particularly the AV TX.
- Try to space out your components as much as possible to avoid
interference to your RC control range (keep stuff away from RX)
- Until experienced, practice flying in a familiar area to avoid becoming
- Due to antenna characteristics, there is a “null” in line with antenna
direction. You may experience excessive video breakup when flying
- 5.8Ghz signal strength drops off very fast, stay safely within solid AV
- For maximum distance it is very important that a clear line of sight exists
between the transmitter and the video headset. 2 of the worst causes of
interference are human bodies and reinforced concrete.
- Place your TX antenna in open area in a vertical orientation
- Multipathing (reflections off buildings/ tall objects) causes signal
cancellation and result in broken video. Fly in open areas away from
buildings or other tall structures (i.e. barns, hills).
- 5.8Ghz AV with 2.4Ghz RC controllers: 2.4Ghz may cause harmonic
interference on Ch2 – Ch7 of the 5.8Ghz AV (Ch1 not affected). The
headset has been equipped with a high pass filter that will allow the
system to work with CE certified 2.4Ghz RC controllers. However, the
filtering may be insufficient to remove noise from overpowered non CE
certified controllers. If you experience interference from your RC radio, change the AV channel to channel 1.
- Although you don’t require any license to operate this device, you are still
legally responsible for operating in a responsible manner.
The system can be exchanged for a new unit within 30 days for any manufacturing
defects if returned in new condition. The video headset will be warranted for repair
for 2 years if no signs of excessive use. Buyer will be responsible for shipping
costs. If beyond the warranty period we will provide repair services.
Your 1st point of contact for all warranty issues is your retailer. We also run a
support forum for all technical issues at: http://fpvlab.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?43-Fat-Shark-R-C-Vision-Systems
Post your questions there and they will be answered by our technical staff or peers.