Flightpath - Full flight to apogee and landing

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

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 […]

Repairs complete and tracker ready to fly

Habduino Tracker Flight 2

After our issues with the tracker on the last flight we re-secured the antenna and taped the batteries into their holder before wrapping up the tracker again and testing ready for flight. Another flight with Robert from Wotzup on 1st November enabled us to put our tracker fixes to the test. We launched on a […]

The flight track based on data from the tracker

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 […]

Laptop running iGate Software connected to THD72A with antenna on the roof

iGate mounted in 4WD

Our iGate is now mounted in the 4WD. – The laptop has a custom wooden mount which sits on the centre console of the defender – The Kenwood TH-D72A sits in the drinks holder. An antenna mounted on the roof racks provides great reception – A custom mount for the Inverter, Laptop power supply and […]

Habduino packaged with on/off switch and dipole Antenna

Habduino Tracker packaged & Ready to fly

Our Habduino tacker has been through a lot of testing including tied to the front of the 4WD and driven at 100km/hr. It packaged in a foam container with the GPS antenna and radio antenna attached. This configuration includes string loops for connection to the inline balloon string


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 […]


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 […]


Participation in Successful Launch

Over the weekend of 8/02/2014 we were lucky enough to assist Andy Nguyen launch his latest balloon flight in Deniliquin NSW. Also there to assist were Robert Brand, his son Jason, Tim and his son Rhys. We successfully launched a 1200g balloon which was recovered 2hrs 50m later. IT achieved a height of 36,789m (approx […]


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 […]


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 […]

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