[aprssig] FW: Newbie attempting to use WinAPRS

Herb Gerhardt hgerhardt at wavecable.com
Mon Jul 2 23:33:04 EDT 2012



I am more than happy to help you get a base station set up in WinAPRS but I
have no experience with a sound card TNC and I have never run AGWPE.  I am
also not familiar with your GPS nor radio and have never participated in a
balloon event, however, there are several people in our NW APRS Group who
have done balloon events, so I am posting your request on our mailing list.
Hopefully one of them will be able to jump in and help you.


I am also posting this request on the TAPR APRS list which has nationwide
coverage if not worldwide coverage.  I know there are a number of folks who
have done balloon events and should also be able to help you get things set


The thing you did not state is what your call sign is or the location of
your balloon flight.  If people were to know where your flight will take
place from, there might be someone in that area that could assist.
Hopefully in the next day or so, you will be overwhelmed with folks who are
able to help you...


Good luck with your flight and be sure to post it on both of these mailing
lists so those interested can follow it on APRS.



Herb, KB7UVC

NW APRS Group, West Sound Coordinator

Our WEB Site:  http://www.nwaprs.info <http://www.nwaprs.info/> 




From: Jake Hecla [mailto:jakehecla at gmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, July 02, 2012 3:23 PM
To: hgerhardt at wavecable.com
Subject: Newbie attempting to use WinAPRS


Hello Mr. Gerhardt- Sorry to bother you, but I'm a member of a student group
launching a high altitude balloon later this month, and I have some
questions about APRS tracking. I ran across your contact info on a NWAPRS
publication, and figured that you would likely be a knowledgeable resource
to ask for help. As the lead on the avionics subteam on the Aviation High
School balloon crew, I'm in charge of building and operating a base station
(a laptop in our recovery vehicle) as well as a beacon in the payload
onboard. I'm fairly sure I have a good setup in for the onboard station ( I
have a byonics GPS4 unit, a Wouxun KG-UV3D and an OpenTracker+) but I'm
doing an awful job with the base station at the moment. I recently
downloaded AGWPE and WinAPRS and tried to do the soundcard TNC trick, but
was completely unable pick up a single packet. I'm at my wit's end on this
issue, and I'm looking for any advice one might have.

Thanks for your time-

-Jake J. Hecla

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