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  1. moparherb

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    I fly in some remote areas and I'm new to the P4. I noticed that the software, DJI Go, keeps a trail of my flight. So I was thinking that if I had a fly away or crashed into a tree that trail might help me find my P4. But then I have been looking at the "Marco Polo" tracking system. Which will offer the best results in the event of an accident.
     
  2. flpholt

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    trackimo also works really great
     
  3. HeroUnlimited

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    is this an app? and will it work with P3?


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  4. WilsonFlyer

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    The DJI Go app loses track of your quad when there's a fly away. That's the definition of what a "fly-away" is. You MAY be able to decipher its last heading/direction, but that's pretty much it. That's why companies like the one that makes Marco Polo have thrived, filling a gap that exists in the current technology.
     
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  5. WilsonFlyer

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    Anything that tracks beyond the DJI-like softwares is going to involve a piece of GPS based tracking hardware attached to the multi. Most will interface with an app based tracking software, yes.
     
  6. flpholt

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    it isn't a app you put it on bird 2016-02-26 15.13.25.jpg
     
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  7. moparherb

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    Thanks for the replies. I guess I should have known that in a "fly away" the DJI Go tracking would stop. God sometimes I surprise myself at how stupid about these things I can be. I think I'll line up a "Marco Polo" setup.
     
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  8. msinger

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    Yes, most do use GPS. The Marco Polo tracker uses a radio signal though. That would be most ideal for a remote location like the OP described.

    Here's an example showing how the Marco Polo tracker works:



    Here's what the Trackimo and Marco Polo look like side-by-side:

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  9. moparherb

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    Well I ordered a "Marco Polo" setup last night. I have way to much invested to not give myself all the available insurance against a fly away or crash. I guess it's just for the sense of well being.
     
  10. WilsonFlyer

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    I figure if mine ever runs away, it's probably not going to be worth anything if I find it anyway. I had a buddy that dropped a $10k turbine of mine one day (Wasn't his fault, but it broke his heart.) and suddenly a light went off. There's a price to pay in any hobby. In RC, it is that no aircraft lasts forever, and you need to understand that going in.
     
  11. gmj3191

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    You can lose your drone in other ways, for example hitting a tree in a forest. You might see the last position on a sea of green in DJI Go, but it would be more useful to get the coordinates out. Does anybody know how to do that in the field?

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  12. rdandy5875

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    I had one of those marco polo units for my dogs. Wouldn't recommend really.
     
  13. Ed Staffin

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    FWIW, if it costs more than $75 or $80 bucks it aint worth it. I got a 0 deductible insurance policy from State Farm for 75 bucks. If I lose my p4 either by fly away, crash, swim etc. I get a check to buy a brand spanking new one.
     
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    Oh? Please do share the details.
     
  15. Javier Ruiz O

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    I am flying my P4 with the Marco Polo attached to the landing gear since one month ago. I have not noticed any disturbance during flights, nor a noticeable battery time reduction. With the Marco Polo I feel much much confident and relaxed when flying long range or over bush or forest.
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  16. John Locke

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    In addition to MarcoPolo, I'm thinking thetracker.com tags might be worth the small investment for the final 100' of a search. I can think of several scenarios where this would help, such as thick brush, a field of corn, or in the top of trees, where hearing the craft beeping could save hours. The battery lasts up to a year, so they say. Pretty inexpensive too. The discount code "tech guy" is supposed to get you 30% off, according to Leo LaPorte.
     
  17. Multicoptertec

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    My Trackimo mounted on my P3A. There is an app for your mobile device, as well as a web interface. This works way better than the Marco Polo. [​IMG]


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  18. msinger

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    I have both a Trackimo and Marco Polo -- and, I definitely agree that the Trackimo is easier to use tracking-wise. However, if often flying in remote areas that have spotty cell service (or none at all), the Marco Polo would definitely be the better choice.
     
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  19. John Locke

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    That's a pretty slick mount you made there for the P4. I think I know what I'm doing this weekend. I assume you haven't had any issues with yoyo effects from that being mounted there, like I had with installing a gimbal protector, correct?
     
  20. Javier Ruiz O

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    John, you assume well. I haven't had any issue at all by now. In Spain there is a rule to incorporate a metallic tag plate with name, phone and serial number of drone. A couple of weeks ago I attached the tag, an aluminum military identification plate pretty much the same size as Marco Polo. I did it by locating it simmetrically, in the other landing gear leg.
    P4 also flies with no problem at all, but if I had to install Marco Polo today, I would use the identification tag as opposite to Marco Polo in the small drilled aluminum plate, also using less number of ties.
    Even more: I would use the name tag as support for Marco Polo, thus saving both weight and time in cutting and drilling the actual support.



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