dominator hd model 1071 user manual
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DOMINATOR HD
MODEL 1071
USER MANUAL
Revision A 05/09/2014
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Contents
Product contents ......................................................................................... 3 Controls Diagram ........................................................................................ 4 Headset Operation ...................................................................................... 5 Controls ................................................................................................... 5 DVR Operation ........................................................................................ 5 AV Cable Pinout ...................................................................................... 6 Powering options ......................................................................................... 6 ezUHF TX/JR Module.............................................................................. 6 Futaba Radio ........................................................................................... 6 Base Station ............................................................................................ 6 Battery ..................................................................................................... 6 Accessories ................................................................................................. 7 Trinity Head tracker ................................................................................. 7 Receiver Modules (1.3G/2.4G/5.8G) ....................................................... 7 Specifications ............................................................................................ 10 Operational advice .................................................................................... 11 Trouble shooting .................................................................................... 12 Warranty .................................................................................................... 12 Introduction
Congratulations on purchasing the Fat Shark Dominator HD modular SVGA FPV video
goggles with integrated DVR. To ensure your continued enjoyment, please take the time to
read through this operating manual thoroughly before using.
Product Compatibility
The Dominator 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 Dominator has been thoroughly tested with ImmersionRC
gear. For best results and no compatibility issues, Fat Shark recommends ImmersionRC
gear for your accessory products.
Fat Shark only guarantees video compatibility with NexwaveRF brand modules.
IMPORTANT!!!! Product Warning!!!!!
DO NOT LEAVE HEADSET EXPOSED TO DIRECT
SUNLIGHT. SUNLIGHT WILL MAGNIFY THROUGH THE
OPTICS AND BURN HOLES IN THE LCD COLOR FILTER
(appears as white open areas) .
THIS WILL NOT BE COVERED BY WARRANTY. KEEP
GOGGLES IN PROTECTIVE CASE WHEN NOT IN USE
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Product contents
Carry case
DominatorV2 headset
Battery
(and discharge lead)
AV cable
DC power cable
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Controls Diagram
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Headset Operation
Controls
Brightness/contrast control: pressing left and right increases/decreases display contrast.
Press forward/back increases/decreases brightness.
Channel select: Pressing channel up/down buttons will cause the channel to incrementally
increase/decrease from channels 1 to 8 (see relevant receiver module for channel map).
Audio beep on channel change. A long beep sounds on channel top and bottom limits.
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 Dominator.
Head tracker: (refer to documentation included with module purchase)
RX power switch: The RX module power is independently controlled via this switch. If a
module is inserted, but desired video source is via the AV cable; the RX module needs to be
turned off to avoid image conflict.
DVR control: Connect AV cable to AV out port on right side of headset. Connect recording
device to cables and set up as per manufacturer directions.
Display mode selection: Goggles will boot up in 2D analog. Vertically depressing the
contrast/brightness button scrolls through the following modes: Analog 2D/ Analog 3D/HDMI
2D/ HDMI 3D. OSD indicates mode.
DVR Operation
SD card MUST be formatted before use to ensure stable recording.
Recording:
After powering goggles, turn on DVR by depressing vertically and holding the DVR control
button for 1 full second (long press).
RED LED should now show solid.
Ensure SD card is inserted and short press to start recording (RED LED will slowly FLASH
(~2 times/second).
Short press again stops recording (turns to solid RED LED).
Playback
Note: requires turning off external receiver and removing any other AVin sources (to not
conflict with menu navigation OSD).
After turning on DVR and in stop record mode (SOLD RED LED) depress and hold DVR
button for 1 second (long press) to enter menu.
Menu Navigation
Playback (press right to enter)
Now can see: Preview shot with file number
press up/down to change file number
Press right to play
Up/down controls playback speed/direction
Right press pause/play
Left press, back to main menu
Format (press right to enter)
Execute (press right)
Pressing left from main menu exits menu
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AV Cable Pinout
3.5mm AV Connector: Yellow: Video,
White: Audio Left, Red: Audio Right
Gr ound Video
AudR
AuL
Powering options
If multiple power sources are supplied at same time (i.e. Futaba radio and head strap battery)
the headset will draw power from the highest voltage.
ezUHF TX/JR Module
ImmersionRC’s ezUHF transmitter and JR transmitter module can supply power (and head
tracking control) to the Dominator goggle via a minDIN cable (included with the ezUHF).
Futaba Radio
The Dominator can be powered off a Futaba radio via the Data Cable.
Note: Best to upgrade the Futaba radio to a 3S 2200mAh radio lipo pack for this type of
connection as the headset will cause extra drain on the transmitter battery pack. A normal
NiMh radio battery will not have sufficient battery life for safe flying.
Base Station
Use the AV cable to connect the video/audio.
AV cable has Y splitter with male and female DC head to share power with the external RX
supply (up to 13V). We do not recommend powering the goggles off RC packs without our
Safety Shield (see accessories) as RC packs have no current limiting circuitry to prevent fires
caused from shorts.
Battery
The Dominator can be independently powered via the external battery pack with specially
molded case for sitting in head strap pocket.
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Accessories
Trinity Head tracker
Refer to head tracker module manual for up to date and detailed menu setup instructions.
For individual radio setup instructions please visit our head tracking support forum at
www.FPVlab.com Forum: Sponsors Gate/Fat Shark/Head tracker radio support.
Receiver Modules (1.3G/2.4G/5.8G)
Refer to module manuals for frequency chart.
Note: Dominator only guarantees compatibility with NexwaveRF modules (Fat
Shark/ImmersionRC)
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Diopter lens
For near sighted users, diopter lens insert sets are
available that include -2, -4 and -6 dpt. Peel off rubber
eye cups and insert into slots seated in front of the lens.
Replace rubber..
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 acrobatic flight.
Tiny Telemetry From ImmersionRC
Conventional OSDs offer a host of features, some of which you don’t need
if you’re just flying FPV around your local field or have a small and light
FPV plane that can’t really carry a full OSD. All you really want in those
cases is for your tracking antenna to point at the plane accurately and
have GPS positional data along with vital statistics such as battery voltage
and current consumption.
TinyTelemetry is a minimal GPS locator that sends EzTelemetry data for the
EzAntennaTracker down one of the audio channels on the audio/video transmitter. The
EzAntennaTracker will then track the plane and offer battery statistics on its LCD display as
well as other telemetry data such as positional info etc.
The new v2.0 EzAntennaTracker will also offer audible warnings for battery voltage and total
current consumption.
The Tiny Telemetry plugs into the transmitter’s dongle power supply located on the back of
the transmitter.
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1000mA Battery Pack
The Fat Shark dog bone shaped 1000mAh pack seats
securely in the headset strap pocket. The battery
cable extends out of the top of the pack to avoid
contact with head strap. Barrel connector cable
features high strand count wire for flexibility and long
life. Wire stress is minimized by the additional rubber
gasket around the cable exit. No special charger is
needed as balance leads have been added for
charging with standard RC chargers (battery includes
discharge lead adapter for advanced chargers).
Note: this battery can still be charged via the barrel
connector with the original Fat Shark headset battery
charger.
Power Shield safety circuit
Prevent your cables from fires due to runaway power supply of RC packs (which don’t have
current limiting safety circuits) if cables are misconnected or accidentally shorted. The Power
Shield has reverse voltage protection and a 2A polyfuse (self resetting). The PCB comes
prewired with a Fat Shark compatible barrel connector and a bare pad to solder on the
appropriate battery connector.
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Specifications
Optics:
FOV (field of view): 45 degrees diagonal
Glass optics (binocular 8p direct view optical engine)
Interpupillary (IPD) distance: 57 to 73 mm (adjustable)
Audio:
Stereo
User Controls:
Channel selection
Volume control
Mode selection (wired/wireless)
Contrast/ brightness control
DVR control
HT control
Electrical:
Power supply: 7 - 13 V (2S/3S supply)
Power consumption (@7.4V nominal):
390mA wireless mode
230mA direct mode (no RX)
RF Modules (optional):
43 channel support on 6 bands (1G3, 2G4, 4 x 5G8)
Mechanical:
Weight: 200g
Display
800 X 600 SVGA pattern LCD
Polarized LED backlight
NTCS/PAL auto selecting
3D side/side support
Head Tracker
Modular (sold separately)
DVR:
MicroSD support to 32Gb
Record rate: 6Mbps
MJPG compression, 30 fps, AVI
File playback (only native codec support)
Upgradeable via SD card
HDMI Support:
720p 60 Hz (request)
720p 50 Hz (can accept)
Battery:
1000mAh 7.4V lithium polymer
Interface
3.5mm AV in/out port
Power in port
3.5mm 3p earphone port
MiniDIN4 data port (head tracking)
MicroSD
MiniHDMI
RF module port
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Operational advice
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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)
Do not use 2.4Ghz AV with 2.4Ghz RC controllers.
Your 2.4Ghz TX will not affect the RC control of other RC users
(however, their controllers will affect your AV reception).
Be aware of other 2.4Ghz RC users. If they turn their RC radio
nearby, they may knock out your image.
Until experienced, practice flying in a familiar area to avoid
becoming disorientated.
Due to antenna characteristics, there is a “null” in line with
antenna direction. You may experience excessive video breakup
when flying overhead
5.8Ghz signal strength drops off very fast (2.4Ghz is more
gradual). If using 5.8Ghz, stay safely within solid AV range.
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).
The headset may become warm to touch during use particularly in
the top center region. This is normal. If you are unsure, run the
headset for 30 minutes fully powered before flying to ensure
normal operation.
Although you don’t require any license to operate this device, you
are still legally responsible for operating in a responsible manner.
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Trouble shooting
Observation
No image, display is completely
dark
No image, display is glowing
dark grey
Lots of interference lines
(horizontal lines) with 2.4Ghz
receiver
Poor image, dark or not enough
contrast
Lots of interference lines
(horizontal lines) when using
5.8Ghz receiver
Head tracker not working
(no response or beeping)
Short range
Short range (con’t)
White dots on LCD display
Lens fogs up
Head tracker does not work
(can enter menu)
Head tracker drifts or has
excessive error correction
(jumpy)
Possible cause/solution
- No power supplied. Check power connections.
- If using wireless module, turn on RX power on bottom of
headset.
- If using AV in cable, check video source.
- Ensure TX is on and camera connections solid
- Choose a cleaner channel.
- Change to 5.8Ghz AV
- Check correct frequency antenna is used
- Adjust display with contrast/brightness button
Check to see if cause is harmonic interference from
2.4Ghz RC controller (turn radio on/off).
- Use CH1 on TX/headset (Ch1 not affected by 2.4Ghz)
- check correct frequency antenna is used
- Ensure module pins are aligned correctly into headset
socket
- Ensure correct antenna are installed
- Check for other sources of interference
- Ensure transmitter has clear LOS to headset. Test in
wide open area, away from any obstructions
- Ensure that a compatible antenna is installed. 2.4Ghz
must use a 2.4Ghz antenna and 5.8Ghz must use a
5.8Ghz antenna
- do not use other manufacture antenna, they may be
dual band or may be reverse SMA (no center pin to
connect to receiver)
You were careless and left goggles exposed to sun. Sun
burnt off LCD color filter.
Cooler optical lens are heated by your humid face
causing condensation. Pre warm goggles by wearing on
head.
- Radio doesn’t support selective trainer function
- Settings incorrect
- Trainer switch on RC controller not activated
- in Pause mode
- Operating inside so compass sensor not correct (use
outside)
- RC radio interfering with compass sensor (keep RC
controller antenna away from headset
- Standing near large metal object (such as a car)
Warranty
The system can be exchanged for a new unit within 7 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.
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