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Do you use GPS tracker on your drone?
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Somnium
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Who use GPS-tracker on drone to prevent loss of your drone in accidents?

Bought tracker and figure out how to put it up to the drone... Want to do it neatly and beautiful
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Somnium
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Picked it's frame by tape
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Tnap22
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Doesn't attaching anything extra to your drone void its warranty?
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Somnium
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Tnap22 Posted at 2016-12-19 02:01
Doesn't attaching anything extra to your drone void its warranty?

Did you mean that if I attach any thing on the drone it stops my warranty? I think no. I don't open it, don't damage device and don't anything forbidden by manual. At least they can't see it))
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Somnium Posted at 2016-12-19 08:30
Did you mean that if I attach any thing on the drone it stops my warranty? I think no. I don't open it, don't damage device and don't anything forbidden by manual. At least they can't see it))

Yeah, I'm pretty certain I read somewhere that if you attach anything extra (increase its weight) then it'll void the warranty because that could become a factor in it crashing. I could be wrong though.
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Tnap22 Posted at 2016-12-20 14:09
Yeah, I'm pretty certain I read somewhere that if you attach anything extra (increase its weight) then it'll void the warranty because that could become a factor in it crashing. I could be wrong though.

DJI are not that stupid. Adding a tracker is not considered modifying the aircraft, especially the way the OP has done it.
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Tnap22 Posted at 2016-12-18 11:01
Doesn't attaching anything extra to your drone void its warranty?

If it were true, Then that rule would be a Major buzz kill, for us Lume Cube adopters.

The weight of them small, useful tracking devices, has become nearly mandatory, for many new unpracticed drone pilots.

Ah, my warranty was null and void months ago. Besides, I have a perfect Phantom 3 Pro, completely trouble free.

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Geebax Posted at 2016-12-20 04:21
DJI are not that stupid. Adding a tracker is not considered modifying the aircraft, especially the way the OP has done it.

GPS is very light like a box of matches. So I think it is absolutely not hard for drone.
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Somnium Posted at 2016-12-20 18:56
GPS is very light like a box of matches. So I think it is absolutely not hard for drone.

I agree, I have the RF-V16 unit on my aircraft.
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Geebax Posted at 2016-12-20 11:14
I agree, I have the RF-V16 unit on my aircraft.

Use the same
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Geebax Posted at 2016-12-20 18:14
I agree, I have the RF-V16 unit on my aircraft.

Where do you put it on the drone?
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Today I tried to fly with tracker and couldn't. Writed about magnetic interference. Then I remembered that compass antennas are in legs of drone. So when tracker is near of legs drone feel magnetic fields.
Will try to put it on other place.
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Somnium Posted at 2016-12-21 23:57
Where do you put it on the drone?

At the top of one of the legs, at the rear of the aircraft.
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Geebax Posted at 2016-12-21 22:37
At the top of one of the legs, at the rear of the aircraft.

Thanks a lot. Will try with other leg
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What name, model of tracker and where did you purchase?

Any screenshots of your end when it is been tracked?

Thanks
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FuZZyPiLOT Posted at 2016-12-22 09:28
What name, model of tracker and where did you purchase?

Any screenshots of your end when it is been tracked?

Model RF-V16 bought at AliExpress. Track will show later because I couldn't fly with tracker yet because in front part of legs are compass antennas and tracker makes magnetic interference. So I move tracker to rear part of legs and will try to fly a bit later
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FuZZyPiLOT
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Cool Thanks Somnium, post up when you get a chance a shot or two of the tracker app in action.
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Geebax Posted at 2016-12-20 18:14
I agree, I have the RF-V16 unit on my aircraft.

What is the cost for  satellite service?  Or does it work off of Cellphone towers only?
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djordan2 Posted at 2016-12-23 01:55
What is the cost for  satellite service?  Or does it work off of Cellphone towers only?

The device does not use satellite communication, it simply receives GPS signals then communicates the location to you via a cellphone account.
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Geebax Posted at 2016-12-22 14:35
The device does not use satellite communication, it simply receives GPS signals then communicates the location to you via a cellphone account.

Just been looking at these and you can buy proper mounts for phantom 3 on ebay from HK for about £5.
Screwed on at top of legs.
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i dont understand how it works: the tracker records the flight, but if you loose the drone you loose the tracker. it wont ping the position back. so why use it in the first place?
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No tracker here , the go app shows where it is.
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WindSoul Posted at 2017-1-16 20:04
i dont understand how it works: the tracker records the flight, but if you loose the drone you loose the tracker. it wont ping the position back. so why use it in the first place?

Tracker has GSM module and in if you will loose connection with RC you won't be able to see last position of drone... So you can open the tracker application and check it's GPS coordinates of tracker sended by GSM module
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JohnnieYaz Posted at 2017-1-16 20:19
No tracker here , the go app shows where it is.

What will you do if you will loose RC connection? Where you will find your drone if GO app was disconnected? So people use tracker to be ready to any incidents...
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WindSoul Posted at 2017-1-16 20:04
i dont understand how it works: the tracker records the flight, but if you loose the drone you loose the tracker. it wont ping the position back. so why use it in the first place?

The tracker combines a GPS receiver and cell phone in one single device. If you lose the aircraft, even if it has no battery power, the tracker will continue working for some days after. It wakes up every now and then and measures the GPS coordinates and if you open the tracker's app on your phone, it will show you where it is located on a map.
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I'm using trackimo's gps tracker and I have no issues in concealing it or mounting onto my drone. Plus it's very light that it has no effect on my drone's flight.
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