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22640RE: [aprsisce] Rocket Tracking

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  • Steve Daniels
    Apr 9, 2013

      You might want to look at some of the big red bee trackers, I have a high power 2M on that not only outputs APRS but also has a built in data logged with 1000 entry storage, you can set the APRS and data logger times separately

      Greg’s trackers are designed for use on Rockets


      Steve Daniels

      Amateur Radio Callsign G6UIM

      Torbay Freecycle  Owner


      APRSISCE/32 Beta tester and WIKI editor http://aprsisce.wikidot.com


      From: aprsisce@yahoogroups.com [mailto:aprsisce@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Greg Depew
      Sent: 09 April 2013 01:03
      To: aprsisce@yahoogroups.com ; ajmitche@...
      Subject: Re: [aprsisce] Rocket Tracking



      Hi Aaron, the best method of tracking a station is to multitrack it. This is done by either clicking on the station and then multitrack or up in the menu under follow. Once that's done it will "record" the track and you can then save as a gpx file for exporting. KB3KBR Greg Sent from my Droid Charge on Verizon 4G LTE

      -----Original Message-----
      From: ajmitchell91
      Sent: 4/8/2013 11:47:32 PM
      To: aprsisce@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [aprsisce] Rocket Tracking


      I am new to this group so I apologize if I am not posting in the right format. I have a pretty open-ended question about tracking a single station.

      First let me explain the problem. The student group I am a part of, the USC Rocket Lab (uscrpl.com) builds and launches medium to large amateur rockets. We track the rockets with GPS transmitters specifically designed for rockets or air-balloons. I receive the beacons on my Kenwood TH-D72A (since I'm the one that's licensed) and as long as we receive a few pings it makes finding the rocket much easier. The problem is that the Kenwood only holds one ping in memory for each of the last 30 stations it has received from. Since we receive pings about once ever 15 seconds during flight, it can be difficult to copy all of the relevant information down on paper fast enough before the next ping comes in and replaces it. No to mention it all then has to be input into Google Earth manually before we can begin looking for the rocket, which usually burns valuable daylight at our launch site in the desert. Also I should mention I am aware of the PC software that comes with the Kenwood (MCP-4A) but as far as I can tell it does not have the capability we need.

      What I know about APRSISCE so far. From playing around with it and reading the wiki I've gotten my Kenwood talking to APRSISCE no problem. I've also received pings and know I can click on them in the list on the left to show the relevant GPS information. This is already a huge improvement since these appear to be saved until memory is cleared. I tried the record feature but what it recorded seemed like mostly gibberish to me.

      My question is what would be the best way to isolate the station I would like to track, and then subsequently record the GPS information in a file? Preferably one that can be input into a program like Google Earth. It helps a lot to see the trajectory in 3D when trying to figure out where it landed.

      Thank you very much in advance! I promise I don't always make gigantic posts!


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