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RTrak-HAB (High Altitude Balloon) APRS Tracker

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  • Jason R
    The RTrak-HAB pre-sale is still going! Get your order in now to be included in this first batch shipping! http://www.rpc-electronics.com/rtrak-hab.php
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 7 1:14 PM
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      The RTrak-HAB pre-sale is still going!

      Get your order in now to be included in this first batch shipping!

      http://www.rpc-electronics.com/rtrak-hab.php
    • Andrew Rich
      Bought one Questions a.. Built on the OpenTracker 1+ APRS tracker platform b.. On-board Trimble Compernicus GPS - Tracks ABOVE 60,000 feet! c.. SRB MX146LV
      Message 2 of 3 , Apr 7 2:07 PM
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        Bought one
         
        Questions
         
        • Built on the OpenTracker 1+ APRS tracker platform
        • On-board Trimble Compernicus GPS - Tracks ABOVE 60,000 feet!
        • SRB MX146LV frequency agile 2M/VHF transmitter - 144-148MHz @ 350mW RF output power
        • On-board temperature sensor with trimming resistor pads
        • Five ADC channels for analog sensor readings
        • Four general output control channels
        • LDO voltage regulators for longer flight times on battery
        • Reports supply voltage and all ADC values via APRS packet
        • Automatic dual frequency operation during flight
        • Transmits APRS packets at standard 1200 baud AFSK format
        • Simple LED indicators lets you know condition/status of payload - can be disabled for power conservation
        • Dimensions: (L X W) 80mm X 53mm or 3 1/8" X 2 1/16"
        • Weight: 35g or 1.2oz
        • Current Draw: 70mA (Idle) and 280mA (In Transmit)
        • Power Supply: 9-15VDC
          Package Includes
        • RTrak-HAB APRS Tracker
        • Embeddable GPS patch antenna
        • Serial programming cable
         
        Q1 - What sort of packets does it send ?
        Q2 - Embedded GPS patch antenna ?
        Q3 - GPS antenna powered of passive ?
        Q4 - ADC - telemetry packet ?
        Q5 - Output controls ??? how does this work ?
         
        - Andrew VK4TEC -
         
        ----- Original Message -----
        From: Jason R
        Sent: Friday, April 08, 2011 6:14 AM
        Subject: [RTrak] RTrak-HAB (High Altitude Balloon) APRS Tracker

         

        The RTrak-HAB pre-sale is still going!

        Get your order in now to be included in this first batch shipping!

        http://www.rpc-electronics.com/rtrak-hab.php

      • lists@ke4nyv.com
        ... APRS Position packets, with user selectable information embedded in the comment string. ... ? The same GPS antenna seen in this picture, on the website:
        Message 3 of 3 , Apr 7 3:53 PM
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          > Q1 - What sort of packets does it send ?

          APRS Position packets, with user selectable information embedded in the comment string.

          > Q2 - Embedded GPS patch antenna ?

          The same GPS antenna seen in this picture, on the website:

          http://www.rpc-electronics.com/img/rtrak/hab/promos/rtrak-hab-v10-promo-010-medium.jpg

          > Q3 - GPS antenna powered of passive ?

          Active, +3.3V.  The active voltage is supplied through the GPS antenna matching network, on-board.

          > Q4 - ADC - telemetry packet ?

          The raw ADC values will be reported through the position packets, in the comment string.  This feature is being worked on and will be available shortly.  If it is not available at the time of shipping, the unit can be user-flashed with the firmware, when it becomes available.

          > Q5 - Output controls ??? how does this work ?

          These are general purpose outputs that can be used for controlling various external devices.  The most noted is controlling a digital camera for syncing the photos with position packets.

          Thanks!

          Jason Rausch - KE4NYV
          RPC Electronics, LLC
          www.rpc-electronics.com



           
          - Andrew VK4TEC -
           
          ----- Original Message -----
          From: Jason R
          Sent: Friday, April 08, 2011 6:14 AM
          Subject: [RTrak] RTrak-HAB (High Altitude Balloon) APRS Tracker

           

          The RTrak-HAB pre-sale is still going!

          Get your order in now to be included in this first batch shipping!

          http://www.rpc-electronics.com/rtrak-hab.php

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