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Disc Golf Disc Finder

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This is an instructable for a cheap auditory disc golf disc locator using a key finder! I'll show you my idea and procedure, but it could certainly use some improvement. Be creative and make it more robust it if you like the idea. 
 
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Step 1: Materials

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The obvious one is the disc golf disc, but the crux of this project is a wireless key finder. You can pick them up at your local hardware store and every one that I saw was under 10$. I bought a less expensive one but I'm sure the more expensive ones are louder and have a longer range which would be nice. 

Step 2: Modify The Key Finder

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This step is pretty straight forward, we just want to make the part of the key finder as small as possible. I stripped off the casing with  a screw driver and then the electronics in a thin layer of tissue paper and tape to provide some support for impact. You want to keep the piezo disc (or speaker) as open as possible so to maximise sound. I kept the plastic part of the packaging and cut it down to use for a little more protection for our tiny noise maker. 

Step 3: Gut The Disc

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I anticipated this part of the project being pretty simple, but it was surprisingly frustrating. The goal is to take out just enough of the rim of the disc to slide the key finder into with out punching a hole through the disc. I used a drill to loosen the plastic and then dug it out with a small wood chisel. This technique was effective but the plastic does not really drill out and only kind of separates. Feel free to experiment and figure out a better way. Also note that taking out this section of the rim had almost no effect on the flight of the disc which was a pleasant surprise to me. (The key finder adds up for just about all of the lost weight and in the end the balance of the disc is not even compromised.) 
Hey if you look on eBay you can usually find a 3in1 key finder for under $10. Good ible though!
Jobar0071 year ago
Does this affect the balance of the disc? If so, is there a reason that you didn't just adhere it to the center?

As someone who has played discgolf in the snow, this would have been a great help to locate a disc that went for a dive in a snow drift!
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