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How to use your diversity to find your downed plane

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OK Ron I heard you the first time :)

The main problem was my DVR crashing the file, if it had been ok I feel sure I could have matched it to Google Earth.

Maybe an OSD with GPS would have helped too.


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That is really sad. For short range DF locating, the loc8tor might be a practical solution. But with it, you sort of need to know where to look. The nice thing is that the Tx is fully self contained, so the problems with losing battery power is not an issue. Otherwise, a lost model beeper would probably be just as effective.

I hope it isn't going to sting too bad. What sort of things did you lose on the downed model?

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I like the locator but it seems the range really reduces in say corn or around plenty of obstacles, atleast that's the reports I've read. Although there are plenty of postives too. Still undetermined on it, but it really is the proper setup, I still think rons right, if we could have our tx continue to stay on even for a bit somehow even if the main battery disconnects, it would be a better way to find the plane, providing you could make a tracker, or just mess with the rx and googles.


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Did you ever try to walk or drive around slowly with the windows down and toggle the throttle? Twice I found my downed plane this way by listening for the whine. Mind you this would only work if the plane wasn't to mangled.

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If you have a few good kids or a scout troop in the neighborhood, maybe you could pay a few of them a couple of bucks to help you sweep the area where you think it went down. 10 more good eyes would help cover a much larger area..

Just a thought. Hope it turns up soon.

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