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  1. jogforfitness

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    I just purchased a Marco Polo tracker and am looking for some mounting location advice from those that have already done so on their Phantom 4. Pictures would be welcomed as well.


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  2. MapMaker53

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    I'm not familiar with the P4, but the landing gear is probably similar to previous models. Here's where I have it mounted on my P2V+. I chose this location based on a conversation with the manufacturer. Best signal strength received will be from a vertical antenna, worst will be from a horizontal one, and somewhere in between from an antenna at 45 degrees. So in thinking about how it might land after either an auto-land or a fall, it seems orienting the antenna along a landing leg will have it wind up either vertical at best and 45 degrees at worst. It cannot wind up horizontal to the ground in this position -- unless it gets hung up in a bush or tree. I'm just playing the odds here for the strongest signal possible. I attached it with a piece of Velcro.
     

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  3. Donald Renaud

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    Hi Mapmaker
    I like your tracking device and you tell me where you got it, and how it works

    Thanks
     
  4. John Locke

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    Whatever you do, don't install a gimbal guard on the 04 just to mount the Marco polo beacon. That will make your craft yoyo up and down 40-60' when you're in a hover.
     
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  5. MapMaker53

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    It's called a Marco Polo tracker. Basically works like a park ranger tracks a bear with a collar. The small unit on the Phantom emits a signal (you turn it on before you launch) and a hand held antenna device will lead you to it if it goes down. Works within a 2 mile radius, but that all depends on terrain. Even if it goes down beyond that distance, at least you can get in a car and start heading in the last known direction and hopefully pick up the signal. The plus is there is no monthly service charge. The negative is it isn't cheap. I just didn't want to be paying a monthly service charge during times I knew I wasn't going to be flying.
     
  6. jogforfitness

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    I'm trying to mount it in a place that won't interfere with any sensor.


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  7. MapMaker53

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    Yeah, the P4 has a number of sensors the P2V+ doesn't have. I don't know what frequency the MP antenna puts out or if it would interfere with any of those sensors. I was speaking strictly mounting orientation.
     
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  8. Erised

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    Gimbal guard.com has some pretty neet mounting solutions for gps. The marco polo has a 2 mile range and you need gsm service.
     
  9. MapMaker53

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    [QUOTE="The marco polo has a 2 mile range and you need gsm service.[/QUOTE]

    That's incorrect. You do not need any cell service what so ever. It uses a radio signal, not a cell signal so there is no monthly service requirement. It does not use GPS, only radio signal strength and direction.
     
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  10. Erised

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    I stand corrected mixed up with trakimo. I would really like to get some feedback on how well they work in forested areas and around hills.
     
  11. Dirby

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    here is where I mounted my Marco Polo on my P4

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  12. jogforfitness

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  13. jogforfitness

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    I positioned mine on the other rear (inner) leg near top. Hoping it's close enough to leg and not an obstacle to any sensor. The inner leg has a decent flatish surface for Velcro. I'll apply zip ties before each flight. I have to remove the Marco Polo post flight otherwise it won't fit in my case. Not ideal but hopefully it'll work out. [​IMG]


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