[aprssig] Rocket Tracking

Jason KG4WSV kg4wsv at gmail.com
Sun Jan 31 17:54:00 EST 2021

I’ll throw another plug for the big red bee. Used ‘em with great success on high altitude balloons as well as high power rockets.  A kenwood  APRS HT works great as a handheld ground station, at least on the models I’ve used. 

There’s an outfit called egg timer rocketry that makes kits. They just transmit NMEA but there’s some Perl code floating around written by yours truly that wraps the sentences with APRS headers and feeds them to a server port on a locally running APRS app. 

I make my own from 900MHz XBee modules. They speak APRS so I feed the data to xastir for mapping.  Iirc big red bee has something similar but I haven’t used it. 


> On Jan 31, 2021, at 3:44 PM, wa7skg <wa7skg at wa7skg.com> wrote:
> I recently met a new ham who got her ham license because she is into model rockets. She does the large scale ones that go thousands of feet high. They have tracking and telemetry systems on board. However, she doesn't know what it uses, just that it is ham radio. She wants to get a handheld radio that will track her rocket. I'm going to guess this is APRS. Anybody familiar with this? Any recommendations of what she should get for a radio?
> Thanks.
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> 73,
> Michael WA7SKG
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