RC Model Tracking and Recovery

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Top Features How It Works Great Value
  • Light weight – .42 oz (12 g)
  • Range up to 2 miles
  • Highly accurate, locate within inches
  • Long battery life, up to 30 days
  • Simple to use – press one button to track your drone
  • Place the addressable Marco Polo tag into your RC drone
  • If your drone goes missing turn on “tracking” mode to search for the tag
  • Follow the directional arrow and signal strength indication on the locator.

Yes, it really is that simple!

  • Low initial system cost
  • NO monthly cellular fees or batteries to replace
  • Purchase additional tag transceivers to protect more models (max. 3 per system)
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Let Our Users Convince You

Marco Polo users from all over the world send us videos of their real-world, actual experiences using Marco Polo to find their flyaways. They all say Marco Polo is the easiest to use, most reliable and cost effective system on the market for finding your lost drone.

See actual user results in all sorts of conditions:

  • Long range (up to 2 miles)
  • Tall grass and thick brush
  • Snow drifts
  • Tree tops and more!

It sure is nice flying with confidence now with the trackers … fire it up 3 red flashes it’s fully charged and ready to fly, thanks again … I will NEVER EVER fly without Marco Polo again, just not worth it.

– nLite1 OpenPilot Forum

Twice I’ve lost my Phantom Vision+ in dense forest and successfully tracked it for about a mile using Marco Polo. I was shocked that it worked as well as it did and that such a tiny device could emit a strong enough signal to be found in that rough terrain. Feel free to quote me on this if you like. I’m currently using the tracker on my DJI S900 and Inspire 1.

Scott – Colorado Springs

Technical Specifications

System Radio Frequency Operational Specs.

  • Method – Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) 50 Channels
  • Band: ISM 902.5 Mhz. – 906.5 Mhz.
  • License Requirements: ISM/unlicensed, operates under FCC Part 15 Section 247
  • Modulation: FSK
  • Single Frequency Dwell Time: 50 msec. once every 4 mins.
  • Transmit Power: 250 mW
  • Receiver Sensitivity: -125 dBm
  • Communications Coding: Data coding and forward error correction allow the system to operate with a BER as low as 1:10, significantly improving overall system range.

System Range

  • Line of sight: up to 2 miles typical
  • Open terrain, rolling hills with few obstructions: up to .5 – 1 mile
  • Dense suburban areas: 2,000 ft. typical

† Ranges shown are typical under controlled testing. Your results will vary with your actual conditions.

System Capacity

  • Up to 3 transceiver tags per Locator

Alarm Capacity

  • Internal audible alarm
  • External siren alarm (optional)
  • External auto dialer (optional – requires telco landline)

Locator Physical Specifications

  • Height: 6 in. (152 mm)
  • Width: 3.5 in. (90 mm)
  • Depth: 1.5 in. (44 mm)
  • Weight: 7.8 oz. (221 g)

Locator Battery and Charge Capacity

  • Rechargeable Li•ion battery (included)
  • 3 days when in continuous tracking mode
  • 8 hours in searching mode
  • 3 days in monitor mode

† Battery charge life values shown are typical. Your experience may vary with your actual use, battery age and ambient temperature.

Locator Weatherproofing

  • Light rain

Tag Physical Specifications

  • Height: 2 in. (64 mm)
  • Width: .93 in. (23.62 mm)
  • Depth: .5 in. (12.7 mm)
  • Weight: .42 oz. (12 g)

Tag Battery and Charge Capacity

  • Rechargeable Li•ion battery, included (non-user serviceable)
  • 10 days idle mode
  • 3 days tracking mode
  • 30 days monitor mode

† Battery charge life values shown are typical. Your experience may vary with your actual use.

Tag Weatherproofing

  • None

Most Frequently Asked Questions About RC Use

Looking to use Marco Polo to locate and recover your RC models? Here’s the top questions nearly everyone asks – and of course, if you have additional questions, feel free to contact us here.

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What is Marco Polo's Range?

Marco Polo works up to 2 miles (3.2 km) in line-of-sight situations. Expect approximately 1/2 mile (.8 km) in mildly rolling terrain with moderate vegetation. Your individual performance will depend on the specific conditions in the area of use, such as terrain, vegetation, and obstructions. If your lost RC model is beyond Marco Polo’s initial range, you can expand the range by implementing a search strategy using a vehicle or by walking.
How Much Does The Marco Polo Tag Weigh?
While Marco Polo may be the smallest and lightest RC model tracking and recovery solution available, its range of operation greatly exceeds that of other solutions on the market. The tag transceiver weighs 12 grams (0.42 oz.) including its own LiPo battery and battery charge controller.
How Does Marco Polo Work?
The Marco Polo tracking system operates like a “personal radar”. First, the handheld locator transmits a signal to the tag transceiver in your model. Then, the transceiver sends a signal back that allows the locator to determine the bearing from your position to the lost model. Finally, the locator processes the bearing and the received signal strength level once every 5 seconds and puts the results on the LCD display. The bearing indication becomes more and more sensitive as you approach your model. And together with frequent updates, Marco Polo allows you to home in on your model’s exact location, to within inches.
Does Marco Polo Use GPS or Cellular?
No. Marco Polo is a completely self-contained solution for RC model tracking and recovery. And because Marco Polo does not use GPS or cellular technology, it can work anywhere.
Will Marco Polo Interfere With My RC System Radios?
The possibility of Marco Polo interfering with RC system communications is very small. The tag transceiver in your model never transmits unless activated by the hand held locator when the “tracking mode” is enabled by you. So, during flight there is no possibility of the transceiver interfering with or desensitizing your on-board radios. Once tracking mode is activated by the locator, the Marco Polo system operates by using frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) on 50 frequencies between 902.5 and 906.5 Mhz. Additionally, Marco Polo only dwells on any single frequency for approximately 50 milliseconds once every 4 minutes.
How Long Will the Battery Charge Last?
The Marco Polo tag’s integrated LiPo battery will last approximately 10 days in standby mode waiting for a signal from the locator to activate it, or up to 3-days in continuous tracking mode.
Is The Tag Waterproof?
The RC version of the tag is not waterproof. If this is required it is possible to seal the tag inside a small zip-lock bag with the antenna protruding through a sealed hole in the bag, or you may consider using the pet version of the tag which is weather resistant and rated for brief, shallow submersion.