[aprssig] Balloon Tracking Question

Andrew Rich vk4tec at tech-software.net
Sat Feb 26 13:11:42 EST 2011

In some cases it might be ok to use

You could SMS it once it has landed to see where it is

The reason they dont want you to use them up high is it confuses the network

Most mobile networks are cellular. They rely on the device being down and 

If you start seeing more of the network than you should, you start to get 
lots of handovers etc

Helicopters are a classic example.

They give them a UHF to phone patch in some cases.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Keith VE7GDH" <ve7gdh at rac.ca>
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2011 3:59 AM
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Balloon Tracking Question

> Jason KG4WSV wrote...
>>> I strongly recommend a backup; cellular
>> Operating a cell phone at high altitudes is a violation of FCC 
>> regulations.
> I don't think Dave was suggesting that the cell phone go along for the 
> ride
> on the balloon. I believe he meant it as a backup for the ground teams - 
> hi!
> 73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
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