Re: APRS trackers IDs for all balloons.
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I agree with Michael.
We have radios when we I-Gate from cars it is a side function from what we are already doing. I do it because it makes it easier for people watching the event on APRS. We announce the launch on the internet, (Facebook, and email lists) and people who can not make the flight are able to follow the action and live vicariously through our I-gate feeds.
Also we have done launches with elementary schools kids, high school students, and college students. In the case of elementary schools, they see the launch with their payloads going up. Then they go inside and follow the tracks of the balloons and the Amateurs that were just at their school following it, on aprs.fi.
With the older students, they sometimes are able to follow in their cars and all they have is a smart phone. They are not Amateurs but they see the value in becoming a ham (recruitment). We have in one or two cases put our extra trackers in their vehicles so we can help them if they get lost (via cell phone).
As a result they are usually 10-15 minutes (or less) behind us. Which is not so bad all things considering.
I think of a mobile I-gate as publicity for your launch and recovery.
On Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 1:48 PM, Michael mw@... [GPSL] <GPSL-noreply@...> wrote: