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OK Lost Phantom - would this work?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Buckaye, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. Buckaye

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    http://www.technologytell.com/gadgets/1 ... s-locator/

    I saw a thread or two about the scary possibility of losing the Phantom... and thought of this.

    The weight is right 1.4 ounces... but I can't see anything about what frequency it operates at? Has anyone tried something like this?
     
  2. LuvMyTJ

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    I use that exact tracker. Works fine, requires no cell plan and has no contract. I think it is $9 a month and you get a few free months with purchase. Nice iOS app too. I bought the optional canvass pouch and strap it to the leg of my bird.

    EDIT - looks like the price went up a bit to $12.95 mo. http://www.pocketfinder.com/gps-locator/personal-gps-locator/
     
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    Nice! Have you had to use it?
     
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    I have used it just for fun, not out of necessity.
     
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    What are the exact dimensions of this thing?

    I was thinking of buying the Marco Polo tracker which uses an RF ping up to 2 miles and not GPS (thus, no monthly fee) --- but it seems a bit heavy and would drain a lot of battery power.

    This little tracker could be a nice alternative.
     
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    Drain battery power?
     
  7. MadMitch88

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    Yes, with the added weight...
     
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    Oh got you. I would say its minimal if even noticeable.
     
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    It is about 2" in diameter & 7/8" thick. There is also that little 'tail' that is about a 1/2".
     
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    Ouch! High purchase price and $12.95 a month! Ouch!
    But, better to have one than not.
     
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    I got mine from ebay as a new unit for about $70 and I pay $9 a month, the fee must have gone up recently. I will use it till something better comes along.
     
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    I think he means the Marco Polo, not this one. And at 220-somethin grams, the Marco Polo is pretty heavy. You'd notice a bit of battery drain.
     
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    Yea he later clarified that. I have not noticed a change in my flight times and I am running the heavier pet version tag.

    I might buy the lighter RC tag in the future.
     
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    You have the weights mixed up for the Marco Polo Tracker.

    The Marco Polo tag ‘s stock configuration (includes battery and enclosure) weighs only 1.6 oz (46 g ). Without the enclosure, the tag electronics and battery weigh .8 oz (22.7 g).

    The hand held locator is what weights 220 grams not the tags. Tags are what you put on your Phantom.

    This system does not use cellular and there is no monthly fee. It will work in areas where there is no cell service.

    The main downside to this produce in my opinion is the price $219.95 for one transceiver.


    You can get more info here....

    http://eurekaproducts.com/rc-model-tracking-and-recovery/

    No I don't work for them I just like the product, I fly a lot where there is limited cell service so this works perfect.
     
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    I have been watching that thing for months. Not sure it will hit the market before it becomes obsolete by others.
     
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    I found a TAGG (pet tracker) brand new in the box on craigslist for $45. It comes with 3 months of service and is $7.95/month after that if you purchase for an entire year. It attaches easily to the leg and from what I've read has no interference with the operation of the bird.
     
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    You are absolutely right, of course. Had it mixed up. Sorry bout that.
     
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    This brings up a question. You mention it without the enclosure.

    I have the pet version which shows at 1.75 oz (49 grams) on my sheet. Thats pretty close to what you list. I think the RC version only weights about 12 grams if I remember correctly.

    Anyway has anyone removed the enclosure on the pet version to cut weight that you have seen?
     
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    Thanks for that link! It's a preorder that looks very promising. What the heck, I'll pull the trigger, a Marco Polo is too big IMHO. ;)