Hi Michael....I particularly loved your voice message from the GPSL flight that said "Once again I'm so very very lost" when the GPS cut out....great stuff.
- Bill WB8ELK
From: Michael Willett <mw@...>
To: GPSL@yahoogroups. com
Cc: Mark Conner <mconner1@gmail. com>
Sent: Tue, Mar 30, 2010 11:18 am
Subject: [GPSL] ARBONET Voice Beacon Sound Track
The ARBONET voice beacon uses an Grand Studios Emic Text to Speech module. These have been discontinued, which is sad, they are very nice units, even at $75.00...
Here is an example of the ARBONET voice beacon, it plays in the background of this page if your ISP and browser allows it to play:
http://www.arbonet. net/ARBONET% 20TRACKING. html
This is off of a receiving radio / PC using scanner recorder at my home about 100-120 miles from the flight. My audio is slightly over-driven, but it is still quite usable. I don't have the GPSL recording handy, however I feel it was quite a bit clearer.
I can send the example MP3 to you direct if you can't listen to it on the web page.
On 3/30/2010 8:51 AM, Mark Conner wrote:
I'm working on a similar thing for a NSTAR flight this year, except it will narrate it from the balloon on 446.30 MHz. It'll read off lat, lon, course, speed, altitude, and ascent/descent rate. This was inspired by the ARBONET flight at GPSL last year, who have something similar.
The hardware to do this consists of an Arduino, a WaveShield to interface an SD card full of voice snippets, and a GPS. You parse the GPS data, decided what phrases to say, then tell the WaveShield to play them on the radio.
73 de Mark N9XTN
On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 08:21, Pete Lilja <plilja@...>
As I've mentioned several times before I also have the hobby of flying rockets. One well known rocket flier / builder has created a pretty cool app. for his flights.
What he has done is created a computer program that uses the voice of 'Kate' to narrate his rocket flights in real-time. As I understand it his on-field laptop simply receives the telemetry data from the GPS / transmitter equipped rocket and the voice of 'Kate' narates the flight aloud in real time. You can listen to recordings of some flights and get a better idea here: http://www.vernk. com/PhotosOfAnge lfire.htm
I'm not computer savvy enough to do the same but I'd bet there are HABists here that are. Not only is it pretty cool and fun I could see it being helpful while driving to recover a HAB payload.
Just thought I'd share this. Take it for what it's worth.