On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM, joseph cooksley <skiprokiwi@...
> Awesome ! wonder if the rig had a beacon it to allow for possible
> recovery ?
It sure did! It was one of these devices.
It was used to observe and track the flight from California all the
way to Morocco as seen here:
All one needs to do is get closer to the landing area and listen for
the signal on 144.390. You don't even need to decode the packet to
recover. If you hear ANY activity on 144.390 in the area, it is most
likely the payload. Use RDF techniques to triangulate the final
resting location. APRSISCE/32 has the ability to plot RF directionals
and omni DF plots, which would be a great tool to use for recovery
If you had APRSISCE/32 connected to your radio, the program could plot
any position packet that was successfully decoded once you got close
Sometimes we forget that the whole purpose of the APRS transmitter on
board these payloads is to beacon location information which can be
used to determine the landing location for recovery.
That's what we use all the time to recover all our balloon payloads.