Re: [tracker2] Tech Class Newbie
- On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 11:22 AM, Dave <druss50@...> wrote:
> My interest is flying hobby rockets and would like to upgrade from RF beacons to GPS.Just going by your lack of knowledge of even the terminology, it
> I have a Yaesu VX-2R and would like to find a tutorial or step by step guide to put together
> an APRS package using some of the available GPS and TNC modules (Big Red Bee,
> Byonics, Argent, etc.) I have limited electronics/Ham experience so some type of
> step-by-step would be helpful. Thanks.
sounds like you're extremely new to the APRS part of the hobby.
The easiest entry route would be to buy a ready to fly Big Red Bee
unit to toss in the rocket, and buy a Kenwood TH-D72 for ground
tracking. Stay away from the Yaesu line as it is very limited on the
ability to connect into a computer. (A future expansion that you will
most likely want) Buy Yaesu and you'll need to buy more parts in the
future to get what you want, buy Kenwood, and you'll be able to build
upon what you have.
Obviously this is the tracker2 group, and I would be remiss in not
telling you that you can build what you need out of your VX-2R and
some of Scott's toys, but if you need a step-by-step guide, and have
limited electronics/ham experience, it may be far more beneficial to
just shell out the money and get something that just works first, and
then as you gain knowledge and understanding, you can start building
up home brewed setups that match your needs.
The extra money for the built and ready to go stuff is worth the
hundreds of hours of frustration you find yourself dealing with to
just save a few bucks.
If you had a firm grasp on APRS, and were very comfortable with
electronics, and had a strong ham radio background, we could look at
all sorts of custom built from bits and pieces options, but I want to
get you something that will just do what you want it to do.
There is a satisfaction with building things from bits and pieces, but
not everyone builds the car they use to get to work every day from
parts... some of us just buy the car ready made from the dealership.
It's truly up to you though... are you up for the challenge, or do you
just want play with your rockets, and use the APRS tracking to support
Personally I'd buy the rocket ready to fly and home build the tracker,
but you're probably the opposite, building the rocket, and just
wanting a tracking solution to get the rocket back, and the telemetry