ClearView

Digitally Enhanced Racing Receiver 

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Quick Start Manual

Copyright 2016, Iftron Technologies, Inc.

September 17, 2016

 Rev:1.4

Introduction:

This is an interim manual that will be added to as time allows. Please check back frequently with the online version for possible changes and updates.

The ClearView Racing receiver provides much better video than conventional receivers, even in the most difficult environments. Here are a few ways in which the receiver operates differently from conventional receivers:

  1. ClearView (CV) is the only receiver that provides an On Screen Display (OSD) over live video. This is your assurance that CV has locked onto the video signal. No OSD from ClearView = No CV lock.

  1. Getting a CV lock may take a few seconds. Until this time, there will be no CV OSD over live video. Instead, ClearView will emulate a high quality diversity receiver. If in a rare instance, CV can not lock or persistently unlocks, there may be an issue with the camera and/or transmitter.

  1. CV needs to know whether the video transmission is formatted as NTSC or PAL. If this setting is improper, ClearView will not lock. An AUTO mode is available in the user menu that allows ClearView to decide for you. AUTO is ideal when ClearView is used as a ground station servicing many pilots with unknown video standards. This setting can be made by the user (see Changing The Video Format).

  1. ClearView Racing receivers lock onto the camera signal. A power interruption at the camera will disrupt this lock and ClearView may take a few seconds to reestablish a new lock. During this time, the receive will display conventional video. Thus for the best performance, it is important that the camera power connection be solid and reliable.

Important: Before You Start…

Cables:

Iftron follows the popular “camcorder” wiring standard. However, this wiring standard is not the same as that from most goggles. We supply a short converter cable that makes the conversion simple. If you wish to use a cable that ends in 3 RCA connectors, you may use one directly to ClearView if it follows  the CAMCORDER wiring standard. We can supply these with a  yellow ring that is your assurance that the cable is correct for this receiver. If you use other cables, you may or may not get the expected video output.

Power:

Power the ClearView receiver from a DC source of 3 to 4 LiPo cells using a standard 2.1mm DC power jack (center + ), or any DC source capable of .5A from 9 to 16VDC. ClearView draws about .3A at 12V. Ensure the center pin has proper contact by gently wiggling it.There are some 2.1mm DC power jacks that have a larger center hole, so be careful using other 2.1mm DC plugs. The supplied power cable has the correct diameter.

Antennas:

You may run ClearView with two different types of antennas on each antenna connector (asymmetrical setup). However ClearView is not a diversity receiver and does best when both antennas are the same type. ClearView works with both omni and directional antennas. If you are using directional antennas, we suggest that you point them in the same direction. If you are racing or doing any other type of short to medium range flying, asymmetrical antenna setups will not be necessary and may work against you. We suggest that you experiment.

Pushbutton:

It is important to understand how the pushbutton is used to make changes and see information in the menu system. This is easy to learn. In general, a short press goes to the next choice, while the long press selects the present choice. Here are all the ways the pushbutton is used:

  1. If you apply power without pressing the button, the receiver will boot up automatically to the last used frequency.

  1. Changing The Video Format At Startup: ClearView  ships in the AUTO video format mode.  Thus, regardless of your camera’s video format, ClearView should work for you without adjustment. However, for those that wish to set the format manually: holding the button while power is applied and continuing to hold it, shows a special screen in your OSD for the purpose of changing the video format from NTSC to PAL and back. If your top line of text displays the correct format (NTSC or PAL) while holding the button, release it to continue the startup without changing. If it does not look correct, or if you know that you need to change the format, continue holding the button and the format will change to the alternate type and take you to a screen where you may choose between NTSC and PAL with short button presses. When the correct choice is highlighted, long press the button to choose the highlighted format. The last format will be remembered until changed again. Note: the video format can also be changed in the SETUP menu. (See Below).

  1. Quick Info Screen: After bootup, press the button for a short period to quickly check  receiver important information. The information will consist of the ClearView logo, the present frequency, the number of lipo cells detected and the voltage and other important data. Note that if the voltage is low for that cell count, a “LOW BATT” alarm will alternately flash. Note also that although the battery voltage will not normally be displayed on Live video, a LOW BATT alarm will be displayed on live video.

  1.  Scan Mode: After bootup a long press will allow you to select a “SCAN” mode where live video for each enabled frequency can be selected with a short press. We strongly suggest that your video mode be set to AUTO so that video from all found transmissions can be seen. A long press allows you to exit the SCAN mode. Future updates may automatically go to AUTO mode during SCAN operation.

  1. Main Menu: To enter the main menu from live video, press the button 2 times quickly. In the main menu, you can change your frequency, go to the STARTUP MENU, and view the optional spectrum analyzer.

  1. Here’s the important stuff: Throughout the menu...

  • A short press changes to the next choice or next item.
  • A long press accepts and enters the presently highlighted choice.
  • Always observe the “tip” line at the bottom of the menu.

Changing the receiver frequency:

  1. From live video, enter the main menu with 2 short presses.

  1. Notice that you are already on the “RETURN TO VIDEO” choice. We did this incase you got here by mistake. To instantly return to live video, long press the button.

  1. Short press the button until the present frequency is highlighted. (Note that the Spectrum Analyzer starts to run. This feature shows you what other channels are in use and how strong the signals are)

  1. To tune to another frequency, highlight the frequency and then long press to change frequency. This cycles between all your programmed frequencies. As shipped, the receiver is set to the 8 race band frequencies, but these are easily changed in the SETUP MENU.

SETUP MENU Items:

  • Change seat number (For RaceNet use only)
  • Change and edit up to 8 frequencies that you can tune to
  • Change OSD from Clearview Logo plus Frequency to only Clearview Logo.
  • Change OSD Position on the live video from 6 positions
  • Change Video Format Between AUTO, NTSC & PAL
  • Activation for software updates and upgrades

Seat Number: If using the receivers for a race with organized seating, the seat number of the receiver can be changed here, but is only visible in the setup screen.

OSD Content and Position: The SETUP MENU allows you to change the OSD content, and the OSD position on the live video screen. The OSD will move around the gray screen as you change it as a preview of the result without having to return to live video with CV lock. Experiment and see what works best for your needs. Moving the position is often a good idea if your transmitter has an OSD of its own and you want to avoid overwriting one OSD with the other. When using a multi-screen display for spectators, placing the OSD in the same position on all receivers, makes a more professional presentation.

Note: the OSD can never be set to “off” because when the OSD is present over live video, it tells you that ClearView is locked. A live video screen without at least the CV logo means that ClearView is not locked to the signal.

Editing stored frequencies: Although the receiver’s factory default channels are for race band, you may change any number of them to accommodate your transmitter channels or race rules. Short press to scroll through the channels, and long press to change the frequency. Long press to select and change the highlighted digit, or short press to move to the next changeable digit. Once a digit is selected with a long press and is highlighted, continue to short press to change the number until you arrive at the one you want, then long press to accept and move on. When satisfied with your choices, long press on the “OK” sign to finalize your choices. (This may seem a bit awkward at first, but a little practice and it will become second nature to you). Try it a few times!

Tip: placing an “X” in a frequency disables it. Thus, if you are using less than 8 channels, you will not have to scroll through all the channels you do not use. The optional spectrum analyzer will also not display frequencies with an “X”

Here is a frequency table for your reference.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Raceband

5658

5695

5732

5769

5806

5843

5880*

5917*

Fatshark/IRC

5740

5760

5780

5800

5820

5840

5860

5880*

Bosscam A

5865*

5845

5825

5805

5785

5765

5745

5725

Bosscam B

5733

5752

5770

5790

5809

5828

5847

5866

Bosscam E

5705

5685

5665

5645**

5885*

5905*

5925*

5945**

(*) Note: It is illegal to transmit on these frequencies in ITU regions 1 and 3

(**) It is illegal to transmit on these frequencies in ALL ITU regions

It is legal to receive on all frequencies.

ITU Region 1: Europe and Africa

ITU Region 3: Asia, Australia, New Zealand

ITU Region 2: North and South America

ITU World Map: ​http://www.mapability.com/ei8ic/maps/regions.php

Other items may be added to the SETUP screen menu when updates or upgrades are made to the receiver.

A Final Word:

 Don’t be afraid to explore and change things in the menu. You will not damage anything, so have fun. If you get lost or confused, feel free to pull the plug and start over. Most of the changes you have made will be remembered.

We value your opinion! Want to make a suggestion or offer a criticism of this document or the receiver itself? We would love to hear from you! Please send us an email to: clearview@iftrontech.com

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