[aprssig] Balloon Paths again...

Robert Rochte rochte at gmail.com
Sat Mar 17 19:04:26 EDT 2007

The Open Tracker in this balloon was set to switch to WIDE2-2 above 1000
meters altitude.  The GPS failed, however, shortly after flight and so the
Open Tracker never switched to the other path.

Stuff happens, ya know...  :)

Robert  KC8UCH

On 3/17/07, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
> The recommendation for Balloons is to use the path of VIA
> WIDE2-2.
> This limits QRM yet provides good tracking on the ground:
> 1) At altitude it hits every digi IN RANGE ONCE.
> 2) The N-N dupe-elimination works perfectly.  Minimum QRM.
> 2) It does not bring up every home station (running WIDE1-1)
> 3) Yet the balloon goes 2 hops on the ground for finding it.
> Using the path of WIDE1-1,WIDE2-2 is as *bad* as using the old
> RELAY,WIDE was before!  This is because it brings up every home
> digi over a dozen states plus all big digis causing significant
> QRM.
> The recommendation for Balloons is to use the path of VIA
> WIDE2-2.
> WIDE1-1 is not supposed to be used other than the first hop so
> that only one WIDE1-1 digi at most is ever involved in any
> packet..  Using WIDE1-1 at altitude does not have this inherent
> limiting of QRM to only one home digi and in fact has an
> amplifying effect of maximum QRM from all fill-in digis.
> The recommended path for Balloons is WIDE2-2.  This has been
> worked out over the last 15 years of APRS experience as the best
> for the balloon opeprator and the best for the APRS network and
> all other users too.  The probability of falling near a WIDE1-1
> digi is so small that the tiny benefit of using the W1-1,W2-2
> path is not generally worth the significant increase in QRM over
> a dozen states throughout the flight.
> Bob, Wb4APR
> -----Original Message-----
> Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2007 3:16 PM
> > ... I'm trying to estimate the final landing spot of the
> KC8UCH-11
> > balloon...... I see from... FindU:
> >
> > KC8UCH-11>APOT02,VE9GFI-2,WIDE1*,WIDE2-1,qAS,VE9APR:!3537....
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