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Old Feb 11, 2014, 06:56 PM
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Find your aircraft with Tile?

There is a new (key) locator out there, It's name is Tile.


If you are between 50ft and 150ft, with your smartphone, you can find it.
Can we us it to locate a downed aircraft?

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Old Feb 11, 2014, 07:09 PM
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Will you still be lost if 150ft from it?

In many areas, if you are that close, it is no longer lost.

...however, if you came down in a flourishing crop field, you can be two rows over and never find it.
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Old Feb 11, 2014, 10:27 PM
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A lost plane beeper will work farther than that. If its not windy.
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Old Feb 12, 2014, 01:18 AM
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If my FPV plane is only 150ft away, it's not lost.

For whatever it's worth, I can build a lost model locator out of off the shelf 2.4Ghz FrSky
telemetry components that'll reach out about a mile on stock antennas,
for about $25 on the plane (FrSky 4ch telemetry Rx + 1S lipo), and $55 in hand
(FrSky Tx hack module + telemetry display). Power up only the Rx
with the 1S lipo and it'll sit listening quietly for hours using very little power.
If the plane is lost, power up the Tx module and telemetry display, and simply
following the strongest RSSI signal (or more often the weakest RSSI when using
body blocking). Can put a standard Wifi 12dB Yagi on the Tx for more range and directionality.
I've used this technique for years to find my slope planes in
very rough terrain. Only recently discovered that the Tx module will
still establish a telemetry link with nothing but power (doesn't need PPM input).
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