# Affordable/Reliable Tracker

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#### Sluggo

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I lost a rocket yesterday and its no fun. I like the Simple GPS Tracker but its pricey. Can someone give advice on an affordable AND reliable GPS tracker.?? Thanks.

#### Scott_650

The only tracker I have any experience with is the Marco Polo radio tracker. It’s not direct experience - I’ve watched a couple members of my club using them. They aren’t GPS trackers but simple radio direction finders designed for drones and pets/live stock. So not intended for finding something miles and miles away - I forget the practical range - but for our flying field, being on a working farm, it works great finding your rocket in standing corn or in a soybean field. The appeal of the Marco Polo system to me is the simplicity - no GPS lock or cell phone service or 3rd party app needed - just the transmitter and a purpose built hand-held unit. Hand-held and one transmitter is less than $220. #### Cameron Anderson ##### Well-Known Member Define "affordable." What's your price range? #### Voyager1 ##### Well-Known Member TRF Supporter Check out this thread about GPS trackers. There are other threads, too. #### Sluggo ##### Well-Known Member Define "affordable." What's your price range? The$220 that Scot-650 has mentioned is close to affordable. The Simple GPS Tracker that I like is $450. I'm not flying rockets a mile high. I would like to get to the 2000ft. mark. Eventually. The rocket I lost was in a 1200 foot field in all directions. Lost it into a milky cloud and never saw it again. I've searched for 3 hours and nothing. So ya, I'm going to 'save up' and get a tracker. Thanks for the replies. I'm new to mid-power and I really want to have fun flying these beautiful rockets. Any other suggestions out there.?? #### Banzai88 ##### Lvl 1,Wallet....Destroyed TRF Supporter Missile Works RTX. Haven't lost a single rocket since getting the full Navigator system. #### Cameron Anderson ##### Well-Known Member Featherweight GPS is great. If you want to go big and get an integrated GPS/flight computer get the AIM XTRA 3.0 #### boatgeek ##### Well-Known Member There are a bunch of dog tracker type systems available, but many depend on having cell service at your launch site. If you do, check out dog trackers. If you don't have cell service the cheapest full featured system is probably the Eggfinder.$165 will get you a transmitter and receiver setup that will point you directly to your rocket. The downside is that you have to solder the unit together from a kit. If you're uncomfortable with soldering, there are a few people who will assemble them for you for a relatively small fee.

Also, I've seen "I'm only going to 2000 feet" transition to "What can I use in my L2 rocket" pretty fast in a number of people. Possibly including the one in front of the keyboard.

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Eggfinder ((mini)TX/RX combo or the TRS/LCD combo) is a great solution and it supports a rocketry vendor and is "cheap". I'd recommend any of the GPS trackers by EggFinder or MissileWorks or Featherweight or any of the rocketry vendors. Support the rocketry vendors that have solutions designed for rocketry rather than cobble something together from bits/parts from Amazon/AliExpress/etc.

#### Sluggo

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Good replies. Thanks. I do have cell service where I fly. And I hate that. wink.

I'm going to look at the choices listed here. I'm going to surf around over the next few days. I like simplicity. I should have mentioned that previously.

I should add..... The main reason I need a Tracker is .... I fly alone for the most part. So, one set of eyes doesn't always work well. I've learned that.

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#### Sluggo

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Missile Works RTX. Haven't lost a single rocket since getting the full Navigator system.
So I see the RTX has a base and a rocket unit. Not seeing a screen anywhere. How is one 'directed' to the downed rocket.??

Also I'll add this..... When I read about this product at their website, abbreviations everywhere. Not cool in my book. Not giving up on it but I couldn't purchase it without asking a bunch of questions.

#### neil_w

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There are screamers tailored more specifically for rockets... but I'm darned if I can find any of them on the web right now. Well, there's one on Apogee's site: https://www.apogeerockets.com/Electronics-Payloads/Rocket-Locators/Transolve-BeepX. That one is quite a bit larger and heavier than the ones I was thinking of, though.

I'm not sure if a screamer will help you when you have absolutely no idea where the rocket went, although I suppose there is a chance that if you do a reasonable amount of searching you might eventually get close enough to hear it.

#### Voyager1

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So I see the RTX has a base and a rocket unit. Not seeing a screen anywhere. How is one 'directed' to the downed rocket.??

Also I'll add this..... When I read about this product at their website, abbreviations everywhere. Not cool in my book. Not giving up on it but I couldn't purchase it without asking a bunch of questions.
The MW RTX has an LCD screen that attaches to the module and 3D printed cases for both the RTX and LCD. These two cases lock together to form a handheld receiver with display. The LCD provides coordinates and/or directions for the rocket location, depending on whether you’ve also purchased the RTX base unit with GPS module.

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#### Sluggo

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Regarding the Eggfinders: If you don't want the pride of self-build, you still will be way better off financially getting them built by one of three people who offer services on this thread:
Eggtimer GPS system | The Rocketry Forum
or this one:
Providing Eggtimer kit assembly | The Rocketry Forum

I love my Eggtimer. I follow the arrow on my LCD and walk right up to the rocket every single time.
Great post for me. Thanks a lot.

I'm egging, I mean edging towards the mini unit. It'll be 2 or 3 weeks before I order but its on my radar as #1. And I'll use one of the builders you have linked here. Thanks again buddy.

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#### pbahorich

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Great post for me. Thanks a lot.

I'm egging, I mean edging towards the mini unit. It'll be 2 or weeks before I order but its on my radar as #1. And I'll use one of the builders you have linked here. Thanks again buddy.

#### Zbench

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There are screamers tailored more specifically for rockets... but I'm darned if I can find any of them on the web right now. Well, there's one on Apogee's site: https://www.apogeerockets.com/Electronics-Payloads/Rocket-Locators/Transolve-BeepX. That one is quite a bit larger and heavier than the ones I was thinking of, though.

I'm not sure if a screamer will help you when you have absolutely no idea where the rocket went, although I suppose there is a chance that if you do a reasonable amount of searching you might eventually get close enough to hear it.
Those transolve products are made by John Fleischer who is a member of our local NOTRA Tripoli club. I have several. You can see the complete line up at: https://www.transolve.com/ The micro is crazy loud with that plexiglass tube installed. There is some sort of weird resonance that goes on when it's installed. The only downside is it takes a 12V battery. Give John's stuff a look!

#### neil_w

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Those transolve products are made by John Fleischer who is a member of our local NOTRA Tripoli club. I have several. You can see the complete line up at: https://www.transolve.com/ The micro is crazy loud with that plexiglass tube installed. There is some sort of weird resonance that goes on when it's installed. The only downside is it takes a 12V battery. Give John's stuff a look!
Interesting stuff, thanks for the pointer. Even the micro is a bit on the heavy side at 14g, though very reasonably priced. I feel like there were some smaller and lighter ones out there, but again I don't remember where.

#### Scott_650

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Those transolve products are made by John Fleischer who is a member of our local NOTRA Tripoli club. I have several. You can see the complete line up at: https://www.transolve.com/ The micro is crazy loud with that plexiglass tube installed. There is some sort of weird resonance that goes on when it's installed. The only downside is it takes a 12V battery. Give John's stuff a look!
The Transolve screamers look great - the Micro looks like a solid low cost solution. If you just want to try a screamer cheapo “personal alarms” from discount stores can work - bulky compared to a Transolve unit but the low cost and availability let you try the technique. Big help if your rocket is close but out of sight. I had decent success with a couple for very little money - ready to move up to a better one, like a Transolve Micro o Mini.