Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

Sign up for a weekly email of the latest drone news & information

Preventing Lost Drone

Discussion in 'Lost and Found' started by GPS_Ken, Dec 8, 2017.

  1. GPS_Ken

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2017
    Messages:
    40
    Likes Received:
    13
    I am new to this so I was reading old posts about people finding drones and searching for the owner. In a few of the posts, people looked at the SD card for clues.

    I just created a text file called "Owner Info.txt" and put my name, phone numbers, and email address in it. I then copied the file to the top level directory on the SD card.

    I never expect to loose my drone, but who does?

    Ken
    ===
     
  2. Bakersfield Quad

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2017
    Messages:
    985
    Likes Received:
    302
    Not a bad idea, many put a sticker label for that.
     
    RunningWithScissors likes this.
  3. ryantrax

    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2015
    Messages:
    2,185
    Likes Received:
    690
    Location:
    Xenia, Ohio
    Don't forget your .txt file will go bye-bye when you format it though.
     
    livefreeanddrone likes this.
  4. GPS_Ken

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2017
    Messages:
    40
    Likes Received:
    13
    Yes, but there is no reason to ever format an SD card after the first time.
     
    Neon Euc likes this.
  5. ryantrax

    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2015
    Messages:
    2,185
    Likes Received:
    690
    Location:
    Xenia, Ohio
    It's good practice to re-format after emptying your card, it keeps your reading and writing speeds up.
     
  6. GPS_Ken

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2017
    Messages:
    40
    Likes Received:
    13
    I don't believe that. Do you have evidence to support this?
     
  7. Oldav8tor

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2018
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    Thumb of Michigan
    I went with old tech. A sticker on the side with my cell phone number.....An honest person will call.
     
  8. RunningWithScissors

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2017
    Messages:
    1,077
    Likes Received:
    666
    Location:
    New York
    You can do that if you choose but, you're leaving far too much to chance. Why not make it easy for whoever finds your drone and do as was suggested above and just attach a weatherproof label or tag somewhere visible on the shell? You attach your contact info once and you're done. The average person finding your drone isn't going to take the time or effort to search the SD card looking for your contact info. In fact, most people probably don't know there's an SD card in the camera, or wouldn't even think to look on the SD card for your contact info. The person who found my P3S called me not long after it got lost simply because I had an ID tag attached to the shell. Trust me, she NEVER would have looked any further than that for my ID because she had no clue it even had an SD card, or a camera, for that matter. Just my two cents.
     
  9. GPS_Ken

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2017
    Messages:
    40
    Likes Received:
    13
    I'm not saying that a data file is the only ID I have on my drone. It is just one more way that someone might find me. A label has limited space and may fall off or get destroyed. The chip has unlimited space for information and will likely survive most crashes and weather.
     
  10. Cellblock776

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2018
    Messages:
    104
    Likes Received:
    85
    Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
    I used a black Sharpie marker to write
    If Found Call for reward-
    225-9**-***
    under the battery compartment. I will gladly slap a $100 bill into the hand of anyone who shows up with my lost P3S if it ever goes missing.
     
    RunningWithScissors likes this.
  11. Weston Ney Photography

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2018
    Messages:
    291
    Likes Received:
    136
    Location:
    Oregon
    I have a waterproof sticker on the bottom of my drone that has my FAA registration, phone number, and "REWARD if returned!"
     
  12. JoeNewbe

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2017
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    42
    I used a label maker and placed my phone number and text reward if found. I lost a drone and one month later rexieved a call as it had been found. Turned put that it was stuck on the top of a pine tree and eventualy the win tricked it down to the ground The person who found it declined the reward. The drone survived. I doubt that the finder would have known to check the sd card so I higjly rcomend a visable label.
    -
     
Loading...
Similar Threads - Preventing Lost Drone Forum Date
Amazon Preventing the Hijacking of Drones General Discussion Jul 6, 2018
Cheap fix for preventing batteries falling out. Phantom 4 Pro Discussion Jul 2, 2018
Preventing cracks on the new shell design Pro/Adv Discussion Sep 27, 2017
Ways of preventing active breaking Pro/Adv Discussion Nov 15, 2016
Preventing compass errors mid-flight Pro/Adv Discussion Sep 29, 2016