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5 Ways How Not to Lose Your Drone

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R T Loves to share his drone life experince. R T Favorite gadget is DJI Mavic Mini.

Drone is an expensive gadget, and it must be taken with very care. There are best practices one needs to adopt to ensure not to lose his drone. Every drone pilot nightmare is when he flies the drone out of sight and lose the connection to his drone. According to statistics, 30% of the owners lose their drones completely.
When a pilot loses his drone, finding the drone might be an easy task sometimes, and other times, it might be an adventure, and one needs to spend a good time and effort. It might end up completely losing your drone as well. One has to adopt the 5 key rules in order to avoid losing his drone

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5 Key Rules

1. Use Tracker

2. Do Not switch off your controller

3. Keep your details attached to the drone

4. Use Find my drone app

5. Use Return to Home button

1. Use Tracker

There are different types of trackers available in the market. Trackers are the most effective way to avoid losing your drone. Trackers are things you can add to the drone, and it's a small little battery-powered device that attaches to the drone that you can then track your drone even when the drone is totally out of the connection.

There are different types of trackers with their pros and cons.


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Bluetooth Tracker

The Bluetooth tracker is the most straightforward device to use it's the least expensive doesn't require any kind of monthly contract it's very inexpensive to add, but unfortunately, it's the least accurate of the trackers because it's based on BlueTooth technology so if you add one of these trackers to your drones you can find it using your phone you can search around for it, but you have to be pretty darn close to the drone to find it it's a couple of hundred feet at most if it's up in a tree you might get a little bit more distance out of it, but I found them to be very accurate if you're close to it so if it's in a tree or in the wooded area where you've got a lot of trees, and you're not quite sure where it is, it's an excellent way to go.


Technology Bluetooth , Weight 6g, Range 122 Meters

Technology Bluetooth , Weight 6g, Range 122 Meters

Cellular Tracker

A cellular device actually uses the set of their network, so the cellular trackers really come in a couple of different flavors there is a monthly cost for those so when I say they come in a couple of different flavors the first type comes as a sealed tracker, and it's actually got a SIM card in it you typically pay per year, so you buy the thing, and you pay a yearly fee and then what it's gonna do is when it needs to it's gonna touch the cellular network, and you can search for it on your phone or your tablet it's extremely accurate because as long as it's within a cellular pickup range, it'll continuously broadcast its GPS coordinates where you can track it on your phone or your tablet and narrow it down right to the actual drone, so they're really really good.


Technology GPS/GSM , 85g Weight, Range unlimited

Technology GPS/GSM , 85g Weight, Range unlimited

Dedicated tracker

The third type of tracker is what I'll call a dedicated tracker, and a dedicated tracker is something like the Marco Polo system where a little transceiver fits on the drone you turn it on before you take off and then you have a handheld device that if that drone goes crazy and flies off someplace you can power up this handheld device and it'll start beeping like in a spy movie with an arrow pointing to the direction of the drone, so you're basically following it with this handheld tracker is an incredibly wide range of search that'll give you a couple of miles of range on that, so the nice thing about that compared to the cellular trackers is that that handheld is free there are no monthly charges so once you buy it you pair it up with that particular receiver and you can find it anywhere it goes there's no more ongoing cost with that so even though that's a little bit more expensive than a cellular tracker

Marco Polo Drone Tracking Field System RF Technology, 12g Weight, 2 Miles Range

Marco Polo Drone Tracking Field System RF Technology, 12g Weight, 2 Miles Range

2. Do Not switch off your Controller

When you have any indication at all that that drone is going to go haywire to start doing a couple of things the first and most important thing to remember is don't turn your controller off so if the drone disappears from your view and you lose connection the first thing I would recommend to do is hit the return to home key it should if it's a smart drone do that on its own but hitting that key insists that it come back to you and you have to remember that you probably will lose your video signal long before you use your telemetry and communications with the drone so even though you can't see what the drone is doing the drone could still be talking to your controller so never turn off the controller because that controller is your best chance of finding that drone it's actually a tracker that you can use to find your drone so don't turn off the controller hit the return to home key wait a couple of minutes now in most of the displays you'll see telemetry information down the bottom and if you look very carefully at that you'll see the direction the drone is away from you you'll also see how far the drone is away from you so watch that very very closely and if you see those numbers coming down you know for sure the drone is on its way home which is a really good sign if those numbers don't change that means your drone is either stuck in a tree someplace or you've completely lost connectivity with your with your drone from your controller.

Your Controller is your Tracker

Your Controller is your Tracker

3. Keep your details attached to the drone

You should put your name and telephone number someplace on the drone so in case you lose the drone somebody can find the drone and will have the option to reach you so you can come to get it.

While it's frequently obvious, there's no compelling reason to simply pessimistically expect that somebody finding your automaton won't attempt to return it to you. This trick will work for many people, even though it relies upon the locality where you happen to lose your automaton. Yet, generally, you'll see that general society is completely ready to ring you to recoup your automaton. In any event, naming it sometime later will help ensure you later on. Apart from the Phone Number its always best to put your FAA Registration number as well if applicable. if you are drones under 250 grams then FAA registration is not required.

Your Phone , Your FAA Registration

Your Phone , Your FAA Registration

4. Use Find my drone app

Find my Drone is a free application for iOS that interfaces your iPhone to your UAV. This terrific application can help you find a lost automaton without a tracker, in any event when it's out of range. The application finds your drone and afterward guides you to its area. It does this enchantment utilizing the MAVlink convention. This is a similar convention that numerous mainstream open-source autopilot programs use.


A portion of the application's highlights incorporates a guide perspective on your drone area. It likewise reports your drone's battery levels and current status. The application reviews the last position before the power disconnection. There's additionally a Manual Mode that lets you look for your drone utilizing an alternate autopilot or telemetry. Discover My Drone figures the bearing dependent on your drone last known position.

FindMyDrone App

FindMyDrone App

5. Use Return to Home button

if your drone loses network signals and you begin losing the video feed, press the Return to Home catch on your drone right away.

The primary thing that happens when a drone begins leaving the controller range is that the live video feed goes out. In any case, even though you lost the video feed on your controller, there's as yet an opportunity that you are connected with your drone.

In this circumstance, follow the best practice. Try not to switch off your controller, and head toward the last-seen course of your drone. You have to get someplace nearer to it so you can be in range to recapture control. On the off chance that the video feed begins working once more, you'll see your drone going to you right away.

Use Return to home button

Use Return to home button

Comments

Droner on September 17, 2020:

Can you explain more about the Bluetooth Trackers, and which one is the is the best ?

R T (author) from Pakistan on September 01, 2020:

Thanks, Zoya for appreciation

Zoya from bahawalpur,Pakistan on September 01, 2020:

Very helpful and filled with loads and loads of information, presented in the most finest way. Nicely written.

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