Re: [RTrak] Delighted with the Rtrak
Thanks for checking in and letting us know how the
maritime RTrak is working! I did'nt catch where you
are sailing primarily, but if you are ever on the east
coast, pull into Virginia Beach and say hi ;o)
I checked your blog for details or pictures, but I
did'nt see any. If you have some time, please take a
few snapshots of your setup and post them in the group
or send them to mail via email. I would love to see
That goes for anyone on the list. If you have
pictures of your RTrak in action, please share them.
I would like to start a customer's photo gallery on
the site once I have some collected pictures to post.
--- Steven Roberts <wordy@...> wrote:
> HI folks...
> I have not posted to this list before; have just
> been lurking since
> buying my Rtrak. Thought I'd just make a quick
> comment of
> appreciation for a nice unit - I finally installed
> it in my sailboat
> (http://www.nomadness.com/blog) a couple weeks ago,
> and have been
> getting surprisingly good performance in what I
> thought would be
> marginal coverage area. The antenna is just an eBay
> magmount on the steel deck.
> It's been fun getting comments from folks out of the
> blue, friends
> can keep an eye on my without waiting for blog
> postings, and the
> aprs.fi page shows a beautiful track. Thanks for
> the nicely
> integrated product!
> Cheers and 73,
- If anyone (especially Steve) is interested in what Digis and/or IGates heard his boat's tracker, check out M-N4RVE.jpg that I just uploaded to the group's file section. There's detail buried in that large image, so don't forget to zoom in!
Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ
PS. Does findu.com or aprs.fi have any features like this?
Steven Roberts wrote:
I have not posted to this list before; have just been lurking since
buying my Rtrak. Thought I'd just make a quick comment of
appreciation for a nice unit - I finally installed it in my sailboat
(http://www.nomadnes s.com/blog) a couple weeks ago, and have been
getting surprisingly good performance in what I thought would be
marginal coverage area. The antenna is just an eBay quarter-wave
magmount on the steel deck.
It's been fun getting comments from folks out of the blue, friends
can keep an eye on my without waiting for blog postings, and the
aprs.fi page shows a beautiful track. Thanks for the nicely
Cheers and 73,
Wow, that is a beautiful and revealing image... how did you do that?
I noticed while in Friday harbor (the spot at the bottom of the black
track, in a protected bay open to the east) that posits only made it
once or twice a day; interesting to see that they were geographically
anomalous as well and likely the result of localized propagation
May I use that image on my blog post about the Rtrak?
Jason, I'll get a photo... it's in a bit of a rat's nest, tucked
inelegantly with some instruments into the pod over the companionway,
but that was the only available spot in this steel vessel and it was a
field-expedient install (sticky-back velcro and cable ties). There
will be a more permanent installation in the comm bay over the winter;
this on-water test reveals that it's a keeper.
I am frankly surprised at the performance, as I am used to a 25-watt
tracker (Yaesu 290, Kantronics KPC-3+, Garmin GPS-35, and twin-lead
J-pole) for my kayak:
This is sure a lot easier, and seems to work better as well.
Cheers and 73,
- Hi folks...
My latest Nomadness blog talks about the Rtrak... thought y'all might enjoy seeing it.
Cheers from... well, you know where!