[aprssig] Here we go again...sigh

Christopher Snell chris.snell at gmail.com
Sat Jul 12 15:51:11 CDT 2014


There's a great document that Jerry Gable KF7MVY put together:

     http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/6764416/243730317/name/APRS.pdf

The problem is that it's a PDF and not ranked very highly by Google's
search index.   It would make a great front-page addition to www.aprs.org
or, better yet, a dedicated APRS-on-balloons page that would be more likely
to be found by HABers.   Besides the PATH tutorial, other useful info might
include links to the various commercial and homebrew trackers,
balloon-compatible antenna designs, tracking software, lists of potential
iGate volunteers for non-144.39 freqs, etc.

I just registered a domain for a HAB-specific APRS page:  *aprshab.org
<http://aprshab.org>*.   I know that Bob Bruninga has a trademark on APRS
but if he will approve, I will set up and host a wiki that we can populate
(as a community) with balloon-specific APRS knowledge.   Bob, if you don't
approve, I'll ditch the domain.

Thoughts?

Chris NW5W



On Sat, Jul 12, 2014 at 1:31 PM, Chuck Gooden <Chuck.Gooden at comcast.net>
wrote:

> Jim,
>
> You have a good idea and it would be nice if you could write the article
> for QST.   Writing an article may require some research on your part but
> that would be part of the learning process and would increase your
> knowledge in the hobby.  I would encourage you to take action and make it
> happen.
>
> Chuck Gooden - N9QBT
> Rockford, IL
>
>
>
> On 7/12/2014 12:12 PM, Jim Wagner wrote:
>
>> I'd bet that most of the balloon folks are occasional or rare APRS users.
>> Maybe never before. How are they to know - bet they have no information
>> that even tells them how a digi path works, let alone the knowledge to make
>> a "best judgement".
>>
>> Is there a central web site (or several) where balloon people go for
>> technical information? That would be a great place to post something about
>> configuring APRS for balloon flights.
>>
>> How about QST or other general distribution ham venues? A short bit on
>> beacon rates and preferred paths for balloons might actually get where it
>> needs to go.
>>
>> Jim Wagner, KA7EHK
>> Tangent, OR, USA
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