OK, so this is seriously cool. My buddy Mark pointed this out to me, and I think it’s great. I’d been looking at this Kenwood radio ever since I got my Ham license, but knowing that you can hook it up to an AvMa G5 and track other (aprs equipped) airplanes in flight is too cool for school. Since Mark will be putting one in his plane, and I might be able to arm-twist my buddy Andy to do so too (and I’m pretty sure Jerry will as well), then we can find each other on the way to Oshkosh or the Bahamas. The sense of security knowing someone can see you, and the increase in camaraderie is just great. Check out this video to see what it’s all about. Also note that our incident flight was our first with tracking, so we have a complete record of that flight!
I installed the Micro-Trak 300 in my airplane, though that is obsolete with newer models, which comes on with the master switch. It’s behind my false bulkhead with a small whip antenna, and performs wonderfully even on the low power. There is a local repeater close to the airport so we are received even in the traffic pattern!
AvMap G6 can be paired with a Kenwood radio for tracking aircraft in flight (Tactical Mode)
Kenwood D710A can be paired with a AvMap G5
APRS Location Reporting Transmitter Installation For those of you who interested in broadcasting your current location, speed, heading, and altitude to HAM based ground receivers (and have that data displayed in real-time on the internet), check this out. To see where we are, or our last flight, go to aprs.velocityxl.com
There was a good article in Kitplanes on APRS that turned me on to this technology, and the author maintains a nice website about APRS in aircraft here. The nice thing about this technology is that it is affordable (my transmitter, antenna, and GPS was about $175) to install, and free to operate. You do need to get an Amateur radio Technician license, but that is relatively easy. I recommend hamtestonline.com.
APRS Installation – Antenna is protected by straw
APRS Unit installed, GPS antenna shelf
An Example track
The microtrack 300 from Byoincs
Example Google Earth Presentation. With google earth you can overlay weather, use a sectional as the map base, and other coolness
Example of data gathered by APRS igates
Posted By: Brett FerrellFriday May 7th, 2010 at 9:09 PM
Categories: APRS Tags: APRS Avionics Building Electrical Kitplanes
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