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Third Law Sports - Interview with Chris Toombs, Founder of FPVLive.tv

CHRIS TOOMBS IS THE FOUNDER OF FPVLIVE.TV, A COMPANY WHICH PROVIDES LIVE STREAMING BROADCASTS OF FPV EVENTS.

Chris told Third Law how he first got hooked on FPV, the varying issues of providing streams inside and out, hiccups at the World Drone Prix and how integrating live data into streams is high up the to do list at FPVLive.

Third Law: Hi Chris, can you talk us through your background and how FPVLive.tv was born?

Chris: I started out in the early 90’s as an Electronics Technician in the US Navy and have been a technician in one form or another ever since!

Chris Toombs of FPV LiveWhile on vacation with family over Thanksgiving 2014 one of my brothers asked if I had watched the YouTube video of the drones flying through the woods. I had no idea what he was talking about but was hooked by the end of that first video. After talking with a friend who was already into FPV I ordered the parts to build a 450 size camera platform. Before those parts arrived I started to think about how to livestream the FPV feed. To be honest I had absolutely no idea how I was going to do this so the idea was put aside for a few months as I learned to build and fly.

I started to attend Drone Racing Club events here in Atlanta and after a few meets Todd Wahl, who founded the DRC, and I started talking about livestreaming the races. He brought Daniel Gonel onboard to handle the branding and website.

Third Law: With FPV race events taking place in facilities both outdoors and indoors, from old factories to fields, what are the differences and issues with providing streams in these different situations?

Chris: As far as the FPV video feeds go, outdoors is much easier. You still need proper base stations but there are fewer objects for video signals to reflect off of. But being outside has its own challenges such as power, extreme temperatures and in some cases spotty internet.

Being indoors is a lot more comfortable most of the time, but you can have some very bad video issues.

I think we are getting better at dealing with multipathing (signal bouncing off walls instead of going straight to the receiver) in convention centers and metal buildings. It takes a good deal of testing and tweaking. Having pilots on 25mw video transmitted helps quite a bit as well.

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