Are there any success stories for APRS and FD? If so, can you share them?
We (W4IY) worked a couple stations through VO-52 and I was surprised how many SSB ops were on. I used a couple of omnis, TS-2K and Ham Radio Deluxe for doppler correction.
Nice to see all the activity!
Are there any success stories for APRS and FD?
TOPIC 1 GO32: Yours truly blew it. I was the main man at setting up an all new FD site right in the middle of the tourist capital of Maryland (Annapolis City dock). Talk about public exposure! See http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/field-day2008.html
Our FD score was inversly proportional to our HIGH score at talking to the public. I missed every pass on Saturday evening, but was focused on GO-32 for the overhead pass on Sunday morning. Put the ARROW on a tripod so I could conccentrate on messaging... Figured GO32 was stong enough...
Nothing heard... With enough unknowns, different laptop, etc, I didn't try different polarizations until late in the pass. Duh, I knew GO32 was gravity stabilized, darned if I didn't have my arrow horizontal on UHF! Too late. Maybe someone got my uplink, but I heard nothing... Till the very end and by then it was too low..
TOPIC 2, GLOBAL GROUPS: But I made dozens and dozens of APRS contacts on the terrestrial system using the new APRS CQSRVR. AMSAT folks involved in large area experiments might conisder using this new global group messaging capabiltity for large area coordination. Using only your APRS radio, you can be in communication with all other APRS people in your group. For example, everyone could send a message to a group named "AMSAT" and then everyone else in that group (anywhere in the world) would get that message live.
Might be useful for launch campaigns... See the web page: http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/cqsrvr.html