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1st Use on SWAT team for P3P

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by manofword, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. manofword

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    Reported to a "stand off" scene and informed my superiors I was "on scene" and had my drone if needed. 3 min later the Commander called and asked if I could operate my drone from my location and search for a subject w/o having to get to the perimeter area. I affirmed that I could and proceeded to go through both batteries searching tree lines and fields for this person. It worked very well except for the fact that I was near some homes and buildings where I had to take off from. It hampered my visual a bit and I lost video signal a couple of times. (that was scary) The solution was to gain altitude but then I could not see the ground as closely as I needed to. Turned out that the subject was not in the area. At least we saw how it could be used and what the operating parameters were in a real life situation. All in all, it was pretty cool. I need more batteries! Anyone know how to increase the "gain" on the video signal or if it is even possible?

    Below are pics that the newspaper published so I can post them. Normally, our agency doesn't allow pics to be posted w/o permission.

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    Starting up my Trackimo and getting ready to head for the skies to do a search.

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    Checking GPS stabilization before starting the search.
     
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  2. tcope

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    Only a mayer time (probably already done) before FLIR is used to locate people and/or hot spots in fires, etc. I think once the news starts to report on these things that the public will see does in a good light. Thanks for the post!
     
  3. acherman

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    That's awesome! Great work.
     
  4. snerd

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    Hopefully people's views on drones will change. As it is now, it wouldn't be surprising to see the SWAT called out for a drone flyer!



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    I know fire departments are starting to use them, I am glad to see the police force finding a use for these consumer level products as well. It is not a cheap fix to add antenna power, but it is possible with something like this: http://fpvlr.com/store/product/phantom-3-advanced-antenna-kit/

    There are also kits on eBay that are a little bit cheaper, but not by much.
     
  6. Morgon

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    In terms of greater signal distance/stability, FPVLR might be a good solution.

    Unfortunately, their website seems to be having some potential security issues at the moment, so I can't/won't link now, but there are lots of discussions (mostly in the Phantom 2 sections). Maybe someone else can help.
     
  7. cmyk22

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    Nice use of the bird. The best way to increase gain is by upgrading your antennas. FPVLR seems to be the goto. I had a set on my former P2V+ which helped out tremendously. I've read great things about the one for the P3 & Inspire 1 controllers. If you go down the path of the upgrade I'd recommend the advanced version for the signal booster.
     
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  8. FRBEAR

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    I can understand the value of the Phantom. However Indiana and Arizona both have laws forbidding law enforcement from using a drone to monitor individuals without a warrant. Other states probably have similar statues. I only checked the ones where I'll be flying.
     
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  10. Cacc

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    What is the definition of "monitoring". Would the use case here of trying to FIND someone be considering MONITORING? To monitor you would have to find first...
     
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    what phone/tablet did you use on the transmitter? Great job by the way!
     
  12. caffeinated

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    Forever shall they be known as the SQuAT squad.
    Special quads and tactics.
     
  13. J Smith

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    Are you saying this is a negative thing to locate a dangerous individual that swat was looking for ?
     
  14. manofword

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    I use an iPad mini with a home made sun shield.
     
  15. manofword

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    There was a warrant out for this individual.
     
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    Hey, make sure you set your RTH taller than the tallest building in the area. If one gets between you and the phantom. RTH will initiate and it will smack a building.
     
  17. manofword

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    That would just NOT be cool!