[aprssig] Airborne APRS

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Fri Oct 28 10:30:25 CDT 2005

I haven't done this specifically, but I've operated from a 172 before.  I'd 
suggest a Kenwood TH-D7A handheld - that should be all you need to receive 
and decode a position.  If permanently-mounted antennas aren't an option, a 
rubber duck stuck to the inside of the window with a suction cup might work. 
Eventually the plane had permanent antennas installed, but I can't remember 
what type.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "William McKeehan" <mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net>
To: <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Friday, October 28, 2005 8:22 AM
Subject: [aprssig] Airborne APRS

> In participating in some balloon chases where we had difficulty finding 
> the
> ballon once it landed, some of the guys thought it would be nice to fly an
> airplane over the area with an APRS station on board the airplane, thus 
> giving
> it line-of-site with the low power balloon beacon and getting a position.
> The guys have a pilot/airplane, but we are wondering how to setup the APRS
> station in the airplane. The plane will generally be a Cessna 172 - a
> high-wing monoplane.
> Has anyone on this list tried this? How did you position the antenna? What
> type of antenna did you use?
> Thanks for any ideas/input.
> -- 
> William McKeehan
> Internet: mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net
> http://mckeehan.homeip.net
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