Flightpath - Full flight to apogee and landing
Mar
11
2015

Habduino Tracker Flight 3

The third flight of our tracker this weekend and we were pretty confident that the habduino tracker as well as the Igate and tracking software in our chase car would perform as expected. We were once again flying on-board with our friend Robert Brand from Wotzup and Project Thunderstruck. Launch was from Weethalle in mid Western […]

SPOT updates logging to the positlogger website
Dec
24
2014

SPOT tracking to APRS.FI

Our SPOT is used as a secondary tracker and we have been trying for a while to get its tracking updates to aprs.fi. We use aprs.fi as the main tracking map and now we have finally got the SPOT follow-me 10minute updates appearing on aprs.fi. To do this we use an intermediate site called positlogger.net […]

The flight track based on data from the tracker
Oct
20
2014

Habduino Tracker Flight 1

We flew our tracker when Robert from Wotzup gave us the opportunity to fly our tracker as a secondary tracker on his balloon recently. It was a great opportunity to test the tracker as well as the new APRS iGate in the Defender We launched from Weethalle in Country NSW, the balloon reached a height […]

Sep
24
2014

APRS Mobile iGate

When balloons we are tracking are at low attitude on launch and descent the closest iGates can be 100km or more away and we dont get updated from the onboard trackers. To help get accurate positions we have installed APRS iGate software on our laptop and connected to our Kenwood TH-D72A. APRSISCE is developed by […]

Mar
19
2014

Arduino based Tracker – Habduino

We have taken delivery of an Arduino based APRS and RTTY tracker called Habduino. The Habduino uses a 10mW UHF transmitter on 434.650Mhz and a 300mW VHF transmitter on 145.175Mhz for APRS. The Habduino was developed by Anthony Stirk.   We built a 70cm UHF dipole 1/2 wave antenna  and used our existing 2m VHF […]

Jan
27
2013

Payload Modules – Primary Tracker

We have redesigned the payload electronics pay to accept slide in modules. The modules we will fly on our first flight are the primary tracker module and the temperature logger and buzzer module. These slide in modules  may be used in future flights for school projects or our own science experiments. The modules are thin […]

Oct
03
2012

Balloon Chasing

Team CHNSA had the chance to be involved with a recent balloon launch  with Robert Brand (VK2URB) and jumped at the opportunity to be involved and test our ability to track an actual balloon. We spent the weekend getting the DEFENDER ready and kitted out with recovery and safety gear, all of our radios and […]

Aug
18
2012

Mobile Internet Coverage & Balloon Chasing

Due to the prominent direction of the wind across NSW being west to east, we will need to launch our balloon payload somewhere near Forbes in NSW so we can land before getting into the in-accessible areas of the great divining range to the west of Sydney. We want to make sure we have as good an internet service as we can […]

Aug
14
2012

Primary Tracking APRS Hardware ordered

Over the last few months we have been doing  quite a bit of research on ARPS trackers to use on our balloon, but we have decided to go with the  Byonics MicroTrak AIO HA as our primary tracking Hardware. This unit is designed specifically for High Altitude balloon APRS tracking.  We are using a specific […]

Apr
21
2012

Kenwood D710A Radio

We are very excited to take delivery  our new radio a Kenwood D710A. We purchased it off a fellow amateur named Will from ACT (thank Will) It is a dual band radio which fully supports APRS  and has a GPS that plugs into the head unit. This amazing radio will mount in our chase car and will […]

Jan
19
2012

Research Research Research

As expected, we are on a steep learning curve with the new project, but we have been doing a bit of background research over the last 3 months or so to come up to speed. We have been researching the following – Balloon Suppliers – Kaymont in the US seems to be the supplier of […]

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