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Old 10-08-2012, 04:54 PM   #11
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Re: I've been told "bigger flies better" BUT you forgot some vital info.

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Hi Larry
I have used this in the past.


Did not have it installed in the Chipmunk.
Something to keep in mind with these little "Lost Model Alarms"; the piezo sounders in them can be very loud, but something as thin as a sheet of paper placed over the little hole cuts the volume drastically. I have built several, and even used them from time to time. If you just plug 'em in and drop them inside the fuse, you'll be very lucky to hear it ten feet away. You might as well go with the old "wiggle the sticks and see if you hear the servos" trick. The sounder has to be "vented" to the outside air. In my case, I cut a circular hole the size of the sounder in the bottom of my LT-40 and gooped it in place. Then I could hear it fifty feet or more away.

All this does not matter, however, if like me, you put the model in hard enough that everything gets unplugged from the receiver.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:13 PM   #12
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Re: I've been told "bigger flies better" BUT you forgot some vital info.

Might want to consider some form of radio tracking. Most of the items at the site below require an amateur radio licence, but they also have some 900MHz GPS locators as well. The 70cm unit is quite rugged - I saw one that had free-fallen from about 9,000' AGL and was still functional... which is much more than could be said the the rocket it had been installed in!

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Old 10-08-2012, 09:11 PM   #13
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Re: I've been told "bigger flies better" BUT you forgot some vital info.

Dave I was smart enough to mount them either on the outside of the planes or in the case of my Apprentice it's now in the rear with the buzzer sticking out into the open air. I've also had a second style of buzzer mounted on a couple of planes (from HobbyKing) but they weren't loud enough to be of help with my poor hearing.

Kevin that's very interesting & I'll do my homework on them. The license isn't an issue because my neighbor (who owns the land I fly from) has one & intends to learn to fly.
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Re: I've been told "bigger flies better" BUT you forgot some vital info.

Same issue when I had been flying my GP Electrifly DR1 for a 2 days straight trying to get all the bugs out it. I then switched over to my GP Electri-cub, which has a wing span 2 times the size of the DR1, and promptly landed it onto the top of a 60' Poplar! I knew from the DR1, the room I had in perspective to its size, but totally forgot to adjust for the larger Cub.
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I've been told "bigger flies better" BUT you forgot some vital info.

Good point! The statement should be qualified with "but you will need a bigger field!"

One thing I am constantly struggling with when teaching beginners it to "BRING THAT THING BACK WHERE WE CAN SEE IT!!" Every one seems to want to fly way out there. I suspect there was a bit of that going on in this case. We never seem to realize how far away a plane is until suddenly - what's it doing?

Personally, I like to have my wrecks close by so I can just bend over & scoop it all into a bag!
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Re: I've been told "bigger flies better" BUT you forgot some vital info.

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Hey Brad, just imagine how far out I might try flying your Ultimate before turning back! If I were you I'd hold onto the TX tightly next time I'm coming toward you on the flight line.

LOL. No worries

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