[aprssig] Balloon Paths again and again...

Ben Jackson ben at ben.com
Wed Mar 26 22:47:15 EDT 2008

On Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 10:42:36PM -0400, Robert Bruninga wrote:
> > Hey Bob, when you did this cost-benefit analysis, 
> > what was you conversion factor for airtime on 
> > 144.39 to the value of the balloon payload?
> I typically assume 1 second for each packet, and I would assume
> a balloon on 144.39 would probably be doing 1 minute updates
> like any other high-visibility, special event mobile...

Right, so you know the cost in terms of airtime for the APRS packets.
How were you converting the value of the balloon payload into airtime
so you could make your analysis?  Is the safe recovery of a balloon
worth 1 minute of airtime?  10 minutes?  You must have some limit in mind
where the increased chance of balloon recovery is not worth the load on
the APRS network.

Ben Jackson AD7GD
<ben at ben.com>

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