[aprssig] Rocket Tracking

Jason KG4WSV kg4wsv at gmail.com
Tue Feb 2 17:36:49 EST 2021

I have one of the 7” touch displays for the pi, and I agree. 

After a fair amount of work I have basically replicated the hardware in a tablet - battery, gps receiver, touchscreen - and added a 900MHz radio. 

I’ve used 2 APRS clients: xastir, my standard go-to, and YAAC. Neither are a good fit for the screen size/resolution of the typical pi-specific display. 

If I did 2m or 70cm APRS I’d also need to throw a radio+cable into the mix. Theoretically I could probably shoehorn an RTL-SDR in there to avoid the HT. 

It’s just all too kludgy for me to be satisfied. 

If an APRS HT is not an option for you, I’d look at the big red bee 900MHz solution or the similar kit from eggtimer if you’re handy with a soldering iron. 


> On Feb 1, 2021, at 10:49 AM, wa7skg <wa7skg at wa7skg.com> wrote:
> I don't think an RPi and associated wiring, display, batteries, etc. is very conducive for crossing fields and crashing through brush to track down a rocket.
> Michael WA7SKG
> Charles Gallo wrote on 2/1/21 6:46 AM:
>> I haven’t been active on APRS in a while, but I would think that for a RX only tracker, a Raspberry Pi, one of many APRS pieces of software, and a LCD display would work fine
>> --
>> 73 de KG2V
>> Charlie
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