[aprssig] Killer APRS use! ;)

Curt, WE7U archer at eskimo.com
Wed Mar 8 08:59:45 CST 2006

On Wed, 8 Mar 2006, A.J. Farmer (AJ3U) wrote:

> Hmm..  While it might sound good at first, APRS is probably not be the
> best solution.  I can't imagine a tortoise wandering miles away, or
> even thousands of yards before going unnoticed.  The lat/long probably
> wouldn't help you much because it would already be nearby.  A simple,
> small transmitter that beacons on a regular basis and a "fox hunting"
> antenna setup for the owner makes more sense to me.  You would not
> even need a yagi antenna.  Just use an HT and rubber duck and use your
> body to block out the signal to narrow down the direction.  If a very
> high frequency can be used, the antenna would be very small and the
> battery and equipment requirements would be a lot less than an APRS
> and GPS setup.  KISS approach.. ;-)

Yes.  Exactly what I was thinking.  Use one of the trackers used for
fox hunting, for tracking your bird dogs, or for tracking wild
animals.  These are usually in the VHF range, and some are designed
to run for a year or more on one set of batteries.  They're rugged
and small.

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