Re: APRS trackers IDs for all balloons.

AE5IB (Kip)

Same here. We will have mobile i-gate capability for 144.39 and maybe 144.34 (we have two setups but our balloons are on 144.39)  And we are connecting to the internet with ATT and Sprint. 

My experience in the less populated areas near Glen Rose when we were chasing balloons east of there,  that cell coverage is spotty especially if there are hills. And none of the hills are very big, but enough to block cell coverage if you get behind one. 

And from, it appears that there are almost no digipeaters or i-gates in the areas where the balloons are predicted to land. 

So mobile i-gates are the way to go if you can get coverage.  I used my cell phone as a mobile i-gate for 2 days during the MS150 bike ralley (about 12 hours the first day and 10 hours the second day), and used about 220 Mbytes total of my data plan, so it is not a data expensive operation. 


On Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 9:43 AM, Mark Conner mconner1@... [GPSL] <GPSL-noreply@...> wrote:

We'll have mobile internet at least to the limits of Verizon's coverage.  It appears some valleys will be in holes, esp. west of Hico and Hamilton.

73 de Mark N9XTN

On Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 11:31 PM, Dwayne de690@... [GPSL] <GPSL-noreply@...> wrote:
Hey guys,

Will the NSTAR group have mobile internet access? I am not familiar with the local topography of the recovery area as far as elevation goes but how about the possibility of using a temporary mobile digipeater  on the non standard APRS frequencies to repeat the APRS packets to an I-Gate. This would require a public accessible high elevation spot for max range. Does anyone have a topograph map of the area? This may be hard to accomplish but I just wanted to throw the idea out there.


Posted by: Dwayne <de690@...>


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