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 […]

Jul
24
2013

Amateur Radio Standard License

The last few months have been spent focusing on studying for the next level of Amateur Radio exams which is the Standard Level. Information on getting this license in Australia is available at the Wireless Institute of Australia. This level of license allows us to use our own callsigns and legally use the radio transmitter […]

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
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
24
2012

Amateur Radio Callsigns

Our official call signs finally came through … Our call signs are Todd – VK2FABX Mark – VK2FABZ We also received a certificate of competency which will hang proudly on the wall  

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 […]

Mar
25
2012

Foundation Amateur Radio Licence

In Australia we need to be licenced to use APRS for balloon tracking. Over the last few weeks we have been studying for the foundation amateur radio license . The foundation licence is the entry level licence for an amateur radio operator. Today both Mark and I sat the theory, regulation and practical exams for […]

Jan
21
2012

Foundation Amateur Radio License

We ordered a copy of “Your Entry Into Amateur Radio” which is published by the Wireless Institute of Australia (http://www.wia.org.au), which arrived today. Its the second edition has 108  very high quality glossy pages , which on first reading  looks well orgainsed and easy to understand. There are lots of pictures and diagrams so it will […]

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