[aprssig] APRS Drones

Mark Cheavens mcheavens at usa.net
Sun Dec 6 14:28:29 EST 2015

Or one step further on the "Squat".
Have "human proximity" built in....If a human comes near - leave and go 
back later. (Think tall buildings or the top of 2k foot towers.....)
- Also would be good to have mobile DF equipment!

On 12/6/2015 1:14 PM, Robert Bruninga via aprssig wrote:
> Generally I have had no interest in drones and kinda figured they will 
> be nothing but trouble.for all of us....
> But then, they are here, so what APRS applications are there?  I have 
> thought of three, Hover, Squat and Deliver.
> 1) Hover - How long could a special event APRS digipeater drone remain 
> aloft if it was assisted by a few party balloons so that it was 
> slightly negative lift.  How long could the drone extend its mission 
> with the lift motors on their lowest practical speed?  and still do 
> station keeping. An hour?  Then all you would need are two drones, one 
> charging, and one aloft and swap every hour...  Duh, wind of any kind 
> would carry it away...
> 2) Squat - I have seen some event venu's where "it sure would be nice 
> if we could get a digi up there"....  SO send a drone with APRS digi 
> on it and squat on top of something very tall.... Probably against 
> every rule written and un-written.
> 3) Deliver - We have this 600' tall tower in Annapolis that I spent 
> years trying to prevent the Navy from demolishing...  we saved it.  
> But then I got too old to climb it.  I'm excitied at playing with 
> designs of a thingy that could be deployed by drone and hooked to the 
> very top!
> All this playing with lightweight solar powerd digiepeaters 
> (Satllites, etc) has always made me want to build one for the top of 
> that tower...  It would do a LOT more than just the basic ARPS 
> fucntinos...  but just lke space, getting it u p there is thee hard 
> part...
> Anyway, just some mind candy to chew on.
> Bob, Wb4APR
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