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Old Oct 14, 2010, 08:38 AM
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I knew this day would come. LOST my FPV plane!!!

Okey.. Today is my day, this is the day I lost my FPV plane.

All components were charged fully up, execpt my P&S camera I used for my flights this week, since my GoPro is getting fixed.
The cam shows the battery capacity left, and all the bars were full, so I thought I had plenty of battery, and headed out for flying.

I went 4 KM, then I saw the battery was blinking red, and I hit full throttle to get home, but I didn't have a chance.. I was so high it didn't even looked like I moved, and then, the camera shuts down... I tried to keep the sticks straight, and hope to find it up in the sky.

I was looking in the sky for 15-20 min, because the Vtx signal was strong, so i tried to locate my plane with the reciever, by pointing it in different directions.

The video reception got stable, and I had crashed. But the rare thing is that the signal was crystal clear, there wasnt any interferrence. But the problem is that I think the plane is to close, and if I point the reciever antenna to the other way than the plane actually is, I will get strong signals. Even it's "Close", I don't have a chance in the world to find it.

Jesus I hate my life right now. OMG.
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Old Oct 14, 2010, 08:45 AM
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remove antenna from RX. then you have about 200m range. also take your TX with you, reving throttle will give you indication where it is.
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Old Oct 14, 2010, 08:46 AM
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thats the reason why i never want to have more than one battery on my plane.

do you have your phone number or something on your plane? maybe someone finds it. just dont give up.
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Old Oct 14, 2010, 08:46 AM
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Use a patch antenne or unscrew the antenne of your receiver. It will now only show good signal when you point it at your plane. Also try to give some throtlle and hear the plane.
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Old Oct 14, 2010, 08:47 AM
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remove antenna from RX. then you have about 200m range. also take your TX with you, reving throttle will give you indication where it is.
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Old Oct 14, 2010, 08:52 AM
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Oh man , sorry for your bad luck .
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Old Oct 14, 2010, 12:24 PM
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I don't think Im gonna find it again..

I think I got to buy a OSD with RTH!!
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Old Oct 14, 2010, 12:27 PM
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I don't think Im gonna find it again..

I think I got to buy a OSD with RTH!!
Good thinking! Sorry for your loss.
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Old Oct 14, 2010, 01:01 PM
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Hmm.. Maybe I should buy another plane than Easystar? Maybe a Ritewing?
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Old Oct 14, 2010, 01:05 PM
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Use your body to block the video Rx antenna (hold it right against your body)
and then turn 360 degrees. When the signal is the worst, it's straight behind you.
When you get closer, use a crappier Rx antenna (stock whip for instance),
and closer still, remove the Rx antenna. Sometimes touching the SMA
connector with your finger will give it a little extra range.
Continue to use the body blocking technique to pinpoint the direction.

If the video Tx still has power, and you can receive the signal then
the plane is *not* lost.

ian
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Old Oct 14, 2010, 01:07 PM
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Hmm.. Maybe I should buy another plane than Easystar? Maybe a Ritewing?
Ensuring only that you'd be twice as far away when the camera battery died.

ian
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Old Oct 14, 2010, 01:22 PM
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When I crash landed my easystar the motor would beep ever other second when the radio transmitter was off. If you can hear it then you are really close I would also do the video rx without antenna that works.
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Old Oct 14, 2010, 01:23 PM
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Hmm... I was a .8 3S fully charged battery, but it has been "on" for 7 hours now..


Hear it!? I was atleast 4 km out, and I would guess I was 1-2 km over the sea :P




EDIT:

I tried what you said, and I didn't get a good indication on where it is... Sometimes the signals were kinda good, and then snow. I turned slowly around, and it seems like it was random when I got the signals..
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Old Oct 14, 2010, 01:28 PM
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What you should have done was dive your airplane, crash land somehow safe all before you lost video signal, that way you have a video of the area your airplane would be and then with google earth you can drive there easily. Unless its a heavy forest, a kids backyard or over water you can always find it. The most terrible thing that could happen is flying over a thousand feet and immediately loosing video with no clue where you may have landed.
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Old Oct 14, 2010, 01:31 PM
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What you should have done was dive your airplane, crash land somehow safe all before you lost video signal, that way you have a video of the area your airplane would be and then with google earth you can drive there easily. Unless its a heavy forest, a kids backyard or over water you can always find it. The most terrible thing that could happen is flying over a thousand feet and immediately loosing video with no clue where you may have landed.

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and I would guess I was 1-2 km over the sea :P
He did the right thing, right up until the actual search for it.
If he could receive the video signal (solid black instead of static), then
the plane was totally findable. I've used the body blocking technique
to find a plane a mile away 40 feet up in a tree. Went from patch antenna, to dipole,
to nothing. At the end I had the Rx antenna off and was turning 360 degrees and
couldn't lose the signal, and then found I was directly below the plane.

ian
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