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Drone video for beach hunting.

Greg(E.Tn)

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I saw an aerial video of the sea shore adjacent to a golf tourney, and due to the angle of the sun, I could see the waves impacting the beach at different angles in different places.

It made me wonder if drone video could be used to scout for beach erosion.

Just wanted to offer this out for consideration.
 

Ronstar

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I would say if it gives you edge then look into it!!!
 

tvr

Well-known member
The FAA is requiring drone registration and working on automatic remote identification of hobbyist drones. I don't have to register my other radio controlled and free flight aircraft ... yet. The auto ID plan is just a plain intrusion of privacy that allows the feds to constantly know where you are when ever you turn the drone on. Supposed safety by legislation ... while taking away freedoms. I get the concerns about someone using a drone for nefarious purposes; but the auto ID thing is just way too much government intrusion.

If I do get a drone to scope out the cuts, I'll have to get one that can auto pilot at a pilot programed altitude and scan the water / beach boundary so as to see the video transmitted back as I detect the beach on my way towards any identified cut. And the display will need to be water proof as I may need to enter the water to detect the cut!
 

Waterdog

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TVR said
The FAA is requiring drone registration and working on automatic remote identification of hobbyist drones. I don't have to register my other radio controlled and free flight aircraft ... yet. The auto ID plan is just a plain intrusion of privacy that allows the feds to constantly know where you are when ever you turn the drone on. Supposed safety by legislation ... while taking away freedoms. I get the concerns about someone using a drone for nefarious purposes; but the auto ID thing is just way too much government intrusion.

If I do get a drone to scope out the cuts, I'll have to get one that can auto pilot at a pilot programed altitude and scan the water / beach boundary so as to see the video transmitted back as I detect the beach on my way towards any identified cut. And the display will need to be water proof as I may need to enter the water to detect the cut!

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So what would you recommend as far as a drone to scan the cuts at the beach ? As you also have to be careful as they do have low flying aircraft watching the beach also.
 

WaterWalker

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I know two detectorists that fly the drones to scope the beach before detecting it. Their drones are programed to follow the existing laws for restricted areas and altitude. I am impressed with the drone's specs and the videos I have seen. Knowing the beach area, rocks, jetties and etc. help. The range of their drones is approximately 6 miles. Both have auto homing if they get out of radio communication range run low of battery power. As for improved detecting results, well you still have to know the beach features when detecting is good, hear the target, decide to dig and retrieve the target.
 

Donna(NJ

Active member
Unfortunately cuts are not the be all, end all of successful beach hunting. Ive detected many cuts that had not much to give.
You really have to know your beaches and what will produce under certain conditions. 90% of the time, great finds are surprises !!!
How many times have we been to a beach, conditions look good and it turns out to be a bust ?? How many times have wee been to a beach, looks like craps, and there are targets all over the place ??? Ive found after 20 years, its all a real crap shoot !!!!

HH
Donna(NJ)
 

tvr

Well-known member
TVR said
The FAA is requiring drone registration and working on automatic remote identification of hobbyist drones. I don't have to register my other radio controlled and free flight aircraft ... yet. The auto ID plan is just a plain intrusion of privacy that allows the feds to constantly know where you are when ever you turn the drone on. Supposed safety by legislation ... while taking away freedoms. I get the concerns about someone using a drone for nefarious purposes; but the auto ID thing is just way too much government intrusion.

If I do get a drone to scope out the cuts, I'll have to get one that can auto pilot at a pilot programed altitude and scan the water / beach boundary so as to see the video transmitted back as I detect the beach on my way towards any identified cut. And the display will need to be water proof as I may need to enter the water to detect the cut!

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So what would you recommend as far as a drone to scan the cuts at the beach ? As you also have to be careful as they do have low flying aircraft watching the beach also.
Don't have a recommendation. I have not really researched what drones are currently available. If a drone weighs less than .55 pounds (250 grams) it doesn't need to be registered and looks like it will be excluded from the auto ID requirements.
 

opa81

Active member
Went to my local beach yesterday and found this hot spot. Had great expectations......

Nothing to be found not even a pultab.
 

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Dancer

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january 2020 I was wading below a cut by a hotel. Picking up some clad & junk. Noticed this odd shaped black something about knee deep. Scooped it up, my first drone ! Pretty bad shape. Gave it to a guy who wanted to see if he could rehab it. Turned out beyond repair.
 
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