[NRVR-Members] Tracking Beacon/System Reccomendations?

David Bloom dwskb at att.net
Fri Aug 24 10:49:01 CDT 2018

Thanks.  What is the approximate range for the eggtimer as I read the BRB can do 40 miles?!  Also what is the rough cost of ET and BRB.  (I do not have radio license).
On Fri, 8/24/18, Jordan Truesdell <jordan at truesdell.org> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [NRVR-Members] Tracking Beacon/System Reccomendations?
 To: "David Bloom" <dwskb at att.net>, "Peter Cadra via NRVR-Members" <nrvr-members at server2.nrvr.org>
 Date: Friday, August 24, 2018, 11:39 AM
                                         Kind of depends on
 where you are and how far you might drift.  I have not
 tried live tracking with the beacon because I haven't
 had the time to try foxhunting with it.
 The BRB GPS is very good and the
 range is great. I used it on both my L2 and L3. My L2 went
 out of sight >1/2 mile away and we drove straight to
 within a 100m of where it landed. The KML data I got from my
 L3 shows the exact location where I hit the New River.
 It's small enough for normal-people HPR, but won't
 fit in my 29mm minimum diameter (or I might have found it
 after the last flight). 
 I've only flown the RF-v16 in low power,
 and never lost sight of the birds, but it will happily text
 back its GPS coordinates confirming where it is. It also
 won't fit in a 29mm, and requires a GSM signal and an
 active SIM card. It's hard to secure to an ebay board as
 it doesn't have exterior mounting screws. I usually put
 it into a sealed compartment, but have also flown it once in
 a plastic container which was tied to the shock cord. 
 The Eggfinder appeared to have
 some assembly QA issues - aka I screwed something up during
 assembly).  It worked fine when I first finished it, and
 the receiver/BT link to my phone for finding the device was
 super convenient. OTOH, it was clearly less powerful than
 the Big Red Bee. Side-by-side, but completely unscientific*,
 testing showed probably a 2:1 or 3:1 range advantage for the
 Big Red Bee (*I left the trackers on the front porch and
 drover around my neighborhood with the receivers). After
 sitting for ~2 months, the next time I powered it up there
 was a lot of heat  in the transmitter IC and no RF signal.
 It would fit in a 29mm, but would have to be end-to-end with
 avionics - I couldn't get both it and my Raven to nest
 back to back in a 29mm coupler. The BRB does have a longer
 standard antenna as it operated on 430MHz vs Eggtimer's
 900MHz, and the Eggtimer does not require a
                         On 8/24/2018 11:12:12
 AM, David Bloom <dwskb at att.net> wrote:Which one
 works best for HPR?
 On Fri, 8/24/18, Jordan Truesdell  wrote:
  Subject: Re: [NRVR-Members] Tracking
 Beacon/System Reccomendations?
  To: "Peter Cadra via
  Date: Friday, August 24, 2018, 10:49 AM
 have four - a
  beacon on 70cm, a GPS on 70cm (both
 BigRedBee), an RF-v16
  (GPS tracker over GSM/SMS), and an
 Eggfinder (one which
  failed before I flew it but after testing,
 and one still in
  kit form). Any particular questions?
                          On 8/24/2018
  AM, Captain_Zero Residential School Bus of
 Ten Forward
  I was wondering what folks would reccomend
 for using as a
  means of tracking. I've looked at a
 couple of different
  types and methods, but beyond product
 descriptions and user
  reviews there are, I'm not too sure on
 the pros and
  Any suggestions/reccomendations from folks
 who routinely use
  tracking systems in their stuff?
  Caitlyn A. Stone, KE8FNY
  B.S. Aerospace Engineering
  B.S. Meteorology
  Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
 University, Class
  of 2018
  P.O. Box 73
  Mullens, WV 25882
  castone at vt.edu
  uss.defiant-a at live.com
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