I started with famous Twinstar II by Multiplex. Then first steps with Lawmate 2.4GHz/500mW, B/W CCD camera and laptop with USB digitzer. My first ever FPV flight ended really quick, my camera can not stand freezing temperatures and stopped working after few seconds. FPV was put off for a while.
I crashed original TS2 too many times during LOS flying, I decided to buy Eaystar. I got new 480TVL camera, new 7″ portable TV, reused old Lawmate, RC on 35MHz.
With this setup I finally made some real FPV flights. Max range was about 800m, then RC start to drop. This plane died in nose dive after failure of my transmitter (Hitec optic 6 sport). Luckily FPV pod was not there and only flying LOS.