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[aprssig] Aprs used during fire

Wes Johnston wes at kd4rdb.com
Tue Jun 13 19:30:33 UTC 2006

I hadn't thought of the D cells in a pipe trick.... but was planning on a pelican case with an HT.. and we have a few fiberglass telescoping tripod poles.  They are very very light (about 25 lbs) and go over 30' up.  The kind that you push the inner pipe up and twist 1/4 turn to lock the pegs in a slot.  I'd just tell the install crew to make the one wire weather unit point north.  It'd also be nice if they could plug a GPS in for just a moment at powerup and have the opentracker memorize that position.  Then unplug the GPS and hoist it up.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: scott at opentrac.org 
  To: 'TAPR APRS Mailing List' 
  Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2006 1:16 PM
  Subject: RE: [aprssig] Aprs used during fire

   > Portable weather stations would have been nice.  If we'd had 4 of them we could have placed them around the perimeter of the fire and known when the smoke was going to shift. 

  Any ideas on implementing this?  I think you'd need a fairly sturdy folding tripod for each unit, something that could be staked down or held down with bricks.  The AAG anemometers can be easily mounted on a pole.  It might be possible to build an OpenTracker into a pipe segment with some C or D cell batteries, with a BNC on top for an antenna.  Or you could do it in a Pelican case and bolt it to the pole.



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