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[aprssig] Lost Goat - APRS Beacon?

Wes Johnston, AI4PX wes at ai4px.com
Mon Oct 18 17:45:16 UTC 2010


Grerry Creger did cows in space a number of years ago.  I'd like to see
transmitter and antenna on collar... not perpendicular, but antenna shooting
off the side, perhaps wrapping around a little.

Not sure if byonics trackers allow for power control of the GPS, but argent
data's do.  I got a GPS from argent at dayton that is 20mm square and it got
a fix cold in less than 30 seconds.  It would be ideal to program a tracker
to wake it up once every 4-5 minutes and get a fix.  I was able to mount it
under the seat of my motorcycle and it works great.  enclosure and
waterproofing up to you.

https://www.argentdata.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=23&products_id=137&osCsid=873826620d11e9cdd6928a0473a85be0

Wes
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God help those who do not help themselves.


On Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 13:21, Steve_wG0AT <qrp.wg0at at gmail.com> wrote:

> I just picked up a tinytracker at Pacificon from Byonics and thinking of
> putting it on my dominant packgoat Rooster.  The reason is the goats usually
> never let me out of the sight since I'm their alpha goat. However on our
> last big adventure we were hurriedly down climbing a 12k-ft peak and we
> somehow got separated! I spent over an hour frantically looking for them as
> we were in the path of pending forest fire. Fortunately I was able to track
> them (hoof prints) and literally ran them down! Not an easy task above 10k
> feet ...the running part that is!
>
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDXMiaaqcpE
>
> If I'd had only a little knowledge of the where abouts I could have cut
> that time to just minutes to locate them! LAT/LON and direction and/or speed
> would have been a huge aid while in my panic search mode!
>
> So I'm now building up a TT3 w/GPS and now looking for a an old HT to put a
> 1w APRS beacon on my goats. I can easily mount it on their saddle w/19" whip
> and maybe even use a solarpanel to charge the battery. Kinda a fun project.
> I carry a Garmin GPS60CSx and had a VX8(I can't locate it it at the
> moment??) but considering getting a D7 instead. Seems I could use these
> tools to get a quick fix on the goats should we get separated again?
>
> Any considerations this APRS application? Like on path programing or should
> I use a non standard freq to reduce APRS traffic? Comments/Suggestions
> welcomed!
>
> 73, Steve ...wGØAT/R&P
> http://www.youtube.com/goathiker
>
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