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Does anyone here recommend using a Trackimo GPS and is it worth it?
They work good if:
1. You don't buy the 2G version that will shut down next year.
2. You always fly where ATT has coverage (I believe that's who they use for the newer 3G).
3. You don't lose your craft in a canyon where 3G cannot reach.
4. You don't mind paying a low monthly fee for the cellular service.
5. You don't vacation in remote areas or countries the don't support the carrier, and you'd like to fly your drone.
Optionally, Marco polo doesn't have those issues, it has other issues;
1. It's only good for two miles.
2. You really need to have a good idea of where the craft is, and be within 2mi to enable the beacon mode, from sleep mode.
3. Initially it costs more, about $250, however there is no monthly fee.
4. Locating takes longer, it does not use gps, it uses a direction finder.
Other perks of Marco polo:
1.Battery lasts 30 days on a charge (to be safe, 20 days).
2. Slightly lighter and smaller device.
3. Second unit costs $95 for just the beacon transmitter (for a second craft, or pet).
4. Doesn't require cellular service to work, it works virtually anywhere.
Perks of Trackimo
1. Exact location capability with GPS coordinates, quicker to find.
2. Reasonably low monthly fee for cellular.
...I wanted to like the trackimo, but mine was defective so I returned it - marco polo sounds interesting - is that radio frequency tech?
Thanks for the complete advise. Much appreciated
Yes, but I forget what frequency.
Per the Marco Polo website:
System Radio Frequency Operational Specs.
Method – Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) 50 Channels
Band: ISM 902.5 Mhz. – 906.5 Mhz.
License Requirements: ISM/unlicensed, operates under FCC Part 15 Section 247
Single Frequency Dwell Time: 50 msec. once every 4 mins.
Transmit Power: 250 mW
Receiver Sensitivity: -125 dBm
Communications Coding: Data coding and forward error correction allow the system to operate with a BER as low as 1:10, significantly improving overall system range.
Line of sight: up to 2 miles typical
Open terrain, rolling hills with few obstructions: up to .5 – 1 mile
Dense suburban areas: 2,000 ft. typical
Hi, we have a trackimo mounting platform for the P3 with a built in gimbal guard here
DJI Phantom 3 Gimbal Guard With Trackimo Mount Platform
Interesting design. Are people supposed to keep VPS disabled when using that gimbal guard?
I suppose if your in close the vps will be of no use, however if your out at a distance and are in a hover 10-20ft off the terrain you'll very well be needing the trackimo more than stable low altitude hover.
This shouldn't be in the P4 section since it won't work. It would be more appropriate to show this in the P3 sections.
...here's what you need for a p4: http://goo.gl/VNZ0hS