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My first flyaway !

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by knuckles, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. knuckles

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    wow, thankfully you had that tracker that no doubt paid off.

    Any clues as to what caused this to happen?
     
  2. Happyflyer

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    +1 on questions.
     
  3. Happyflyer

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    Makes one wonder when will it happen.........?????
    Maybe never.
    I don't have to worry about it. No fly weather here until Spring.
     
  4. ianwood

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    Did you recalibrate the compass after moving the tracker? Putting a ferromagnetic material near the compass is generally a bad idea. The TX/RX in the tracker can potentially cause issues for the compass as well.

    However, without video, this is just speculation.
     
  5. Prylar Bek

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    Can't tell from your pic. What was wrong
     
  6. Prylar Bek

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    Oh duh!!! My bad
     
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    When the compass gets bad data, it's not often immediately noticeable. I don't know why. There are a bunch of fly aways where someone took off from a ferromagnetic surface like granite, all seemed fine for a number of minutes and then the telltale indications of compass induced TBE and loss of control ensue.

    I'd suggest you move the tracker to another location, recalibrate the compass and then check the mod value just to be safe.
     
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    Hey there dirkclod. .I can't believe your bird flew the coup. .was going to mention getting a locator 8.. they're great.. I'll have mine on board with my tracker if I ever get it going. .haha..
     
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    I already has my tagg pet tracker recover my bird once already
     
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    I've done that too!
    Glad you got your bird back Dirkclod!
    What could have happened to cause the erratic behavior?
     
  11. un hombre

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    Wow, close one. Lucky!

    I don't have a tracker because where I fly, there is no GSM range anyway... :)
     
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    How did you do your "If Found" lettering ?
     
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    Re: Odp: My first flyaway !

    Yes but how will you activate it if you can't send sms or call it? :D
     
  14. MadMitch88

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    Re: Odp: My first flyaway !

    That is why I use a superior tracking device like the Flytrex Live --- it will automatically upload last known GPS position to the Flytrex data center in Israel --- then all you have to do is login to your Flytrex account on any Internet device and click the "Last Seen" page to find out where your downed bird is located (accurate to within +/- 10 meters).

    No need to "call in" to your tracker and worry about it whether it's in a good GSM reception area. :p
     
  15. richiewrt

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    Re: Odp: My first flyaway !

    Doesn't it need a cellular data connection for it to upload to flytrex?
     
  16. IflyinWY

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    I have the same problem.
     
  17. ianwood

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    Flytrex uses the same 2G/3G networks as Dirkclod's tracker does. Though the tracker may only be 2.5G which depending on where you live can make a big difference.

    The Flytrex has an advantage that it will post the data to the cloud whereas the tracker is point to point and must be still connected to return a position when requested. Either way, your Flytrex/tracker needs a connection with a mobile network at some point during or after the flyaway to be useful.