This is my current ground station set up.
It’s a complete replacement after my 1st one was jumped on by an over-enthusiastic young dog. The blameless animal rushed me as I was hauling line, I had put the controller on the ground in front of me to free my hands: he slammed his front paws straight on top of the unit in a classic dog greeting ‘play with me’ stance and, with a sickening crunch, snapped the antenna mountning clean off the casing. So farewell my trusty controller!
Now I discover 35mHz equipment has a premium price becuase of its growing scarcity in the 2.4 gig age..sigh! I had to take what there was and I am now the proud owner of one of the last 35meg ‘state of the art’ helicopter cotrollers.
and fixed a Velcro patch to the back of the thing to take the video receiver. The 10vDC supply is from a ‘Y’ cable threaded out from under the Tx battery. The Velcro works well but the battery cover can easily detach and separate leaving the video receiver hanging by its power cord so I have kept the snap together strap for the screen as additional security.
The strap has been prepped with a slot to take the lanyard clip. The whole unit is on the heavy side and I don’t really trust the neckstrap as a safe means of carrying it as it swings about with a bruising momentum but all the bits stay together and can be stripped quickly for transport.
The big test of it came when I found myself threading through a field of waist-high oilseed towing a kite hitched to a harness, carrying both rig and the controller to a safe launch site: the only thing claimed by the tangle of vegetation was an antenna tube off the rig (and they are easy to replace with the guts of ‘pistol grip’ household cleaner bottles!).
I think it’s fair to say kite flying puts unusual stresses on kit: at worst you have to be prepared to drop everything and run to save a falling kite- very little RC equipment is designed to bounce!