Dear pilots, as always, Orqa is listening to the community.
We would love to hear about your experience with losing drones.
How many times did that happened to you? And in which cases?
Which solution are you using for preventing that? If so, how would you do it better?
What does the FPV hobby miss in this very case?
What do you think could help in this case?
How many of you would like to have something that would prevent that?
Looking forward to getting feedback from you guys!
#1 is not having DVR. So having DVR auto/continuous ala fatshark would be great!
Never lost a drone, but almost. Used my VTX signal with patch antenna to localise the direction. Finally I found it back as the esc dshot were beeping. Since then I have hellgate buzzers (with internal lipo) and on some quads a GPS.
i lost my drone in the middle of the peshtigo river in feb of last year, while the water surface was as smooth as glass. as i was on my return route and low on battery, not realizing how low i was, i just skimmed the surface enough to tumble. water was about 50F. got a boat and did a few dives about 10-11ft down to no avail. a month later, i swam out and, during a downpour, and found it on the 7th dive. the battery was the only casualty. reviewed the go pro footage, i could hear the paddling of the boat and me diving into the water from the month before. the drone stopped no_rx beeping just as i rowed overhead, apparently I took to long getting the boat in the water and already being low on bat (about 12 minutes of esc beeping and vtx finished it off). i bet i would have heard the beeping if i had gotten down there faster (it was loud on the gopro)! truly epic feeling to find my rooster after going through a month of agony! that said, i would love to not have to go through that again, if possible. lesson here: waterproof your drones and don't be afraid to go for a swim. i salvaged $300 from the drink!
you can turn off the head tilt alarm by yourself in the menu.
could this by any chance be related to the pic in this thread? :D
I run buzzers with their own little lipo on my freestyle rigs, so even if the battery gets ejected I will at least have it buzzing. I also log GPS coordinates to my Radio as a last resort.
On my racers I just rely on Dshot beeping.
So far I have been able to retrieve every quad. But I fear the day when this will not be possible.
I, very fortunately, haven't lost a quad yet due to being physically unable to find it. I have only crashed quads and broken them.
I do run buzzers on as many quads as I can and esc beepers on those that I can't.
Funny to see this article because I just lost a drone yesterday. A new Geprc phoenix. My Orca Goggles blacked out. Its partly my fault to be honest. My goggles were always blacking out on the third pack (about ten minutes of flying). Upon advice of Luka from Orca, I updated all firmware, goggles and rapidfire. i was supposed to be just testing the goggles (after the firmware upgrade). Usually when it blacks out I just disarm and let the quad fall. However this time when it blacked out I was in a steep fast dive (I got abit excited), I tried to level the quad, switch to angle mode (while blind), to lessen the crash. So all in all, i flew blind for about three seconds. However the battery must have ejected, and I could not use beeper. Searched for over an hour but its gone. Anyway just submitted a second ticket for this problem. Lets hope Orca gets this problem fixed ASAP. Also definately considering a second pair of goggles for back up.
I have a GPS chip thingy on my drone, and longs/lats being fed to my OSD, which should be recorded to my DVR no problem. My GPS only worked for one day. No idea why. Have to trouble shoot it and maybe get a new one.
I only lost my drone once so far. The bell of the motor decided to go on it's own little trip, and my quad vanished into a leafy treed area. I have motor beeping on a switch, so I used that to find the quad. It was an eagle-eyed groundskeeper who spotted the motor bell and it's attached prop. Motor bell has since been returned unharmed to it's place on the motor, and quad still works fine. I will be getting self powered buzzer for my next build though, as well as a GPS module. I can only break one at a time, right?
I mostly fly my mobula though. That thing is doomed. I am way too reckless with it, and it is too small and quiet. It will get lost eventually.
Flew my Tinyhawk-S over the chalet and the video went to snow as I was 25m high, only to reappear filming leafs somewhere in the area... the beeper on that thing is close to useless.
A friend of mine ended up finding it in the neighbour's backyard after 40 minutes of looking around in the forest trying to aim the antenna with a goggle and an FPV watch, not a fun time :P