Re: Wanted: Payload recovery team for GPSL
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The flight will have three identical trackers. They're all APRS "Peach" trackers, originally designed by Alan Adamson, W7QO, though built by me and some Cornell students. They're running with 1/4 wave dipole antennas and measured at about 15mw. I've flown 12 of my own payloads with these trackers, and assisted in a half dozen other flights with them. I've never lost a flight using these trackers, aside from that last drop payload that ended up in a lake. That said, they're 15mW. It takes skill to track and recover them. It's usually advisable to have someone near the predicted landing zone as it descends. If they're in a tree, you'll hear them easily a mile away. If they're on the ground, it could be 1/4 mile or less, depending on terrain. On one recovery, I had to unsquelch my radio and listen for squawks and driving around doing crude "rdf" until they were loud and clear enough to decode. I know I'm a whacko, but in my opinion, that adds to the fun and challenge of the payload fox hunt. Since the payloads belong to me, I can take that chance. For other groups, we usually supplement with a SPOT or something.
I'd prefer to chase my main payload, since it'll have hundreds of dollars of additional electronics on it. I wouldn't want to put the "declared lost" responsibility on anyone but myself. The drop payload I'm requesting help for will just be the stuffed animal with a tracker, which costs me about $50 to build. If we can't find it, "oh well". I'll spend more than that on gasoline on the chase day.
Anyway, the payload I'm requesting help for is simply a fun and silly little experiment. No harm, no foul if lost, or if people aren't interested in chasing it. I can always backtrack to look for it after my main payload recovery.
On 5/19/2019 9:46 AM, Nick wrote: