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 […]

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
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 […]

Mar
01
2012

SPOT Testing in Polystyrene Container

We are still working on the backup tracking until we get our licenses for amateur radio and can start work on our primary aprs tracking. We are expecting temperatures of -50 degrees C at altitude and SPOT’s operating range is only down to -30 degrees C. Our initial hamster ball SPOT container has lots of holes to […]

Feb
08
2012

Spot Testing

On the 30th of January,as part of my homework , I tested Spot. I went to school and put the Spot in the middle of the basketball court and pressed the i’m OK button. Then I showed my class the Spot website and on the map where I pressed the i’m OK button. The Spot […]

Jan
29
2012

Balloon Tracking – SPOT

The CHNSA team is still in the process of studying for our Amateur radio licenses and the next available test at our local club is the end of March 2012. So we will work on our backup balloon tracking device in the meantime. We have decided to use a SPOT satellite tracking device as secondary […]

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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