[NRVR-Members] Tracking Beacon/System Reccomendations?

Adrien Drouault adrien.drouault at gmail.com
Fri Aug 24 13:13:27 CDT 2018

Tangential question, in case anyone knows.

For various reasons, I didn't get the Technician test taken, and, as I
understand it, the question pool changed as of the end of July.

For the most part, I study to understand the material, not just "pass the
test", so should I be looking at a new study guide, or should I take the

(Basically, is there significant new material on the "new" test?)


On Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 1:40 PM Jordan Truesdell <jordan at truesdell.org>

> Eggtimer is ~$90-100 with the cheapest receiver, but you have to put them
> together (soldering up the whole board, takes about 2 hours if you're good;
> it took me a bit longer)
> BRB is $260-300 depending on options, plus you need to be a HAM
> (technician, a few hrs of study and $10-15 for the multiple choice test).
> 40 miles is probably best case line-of-sight with a directional Yagi
> antenna and max power on tx.  I lose the beacon within a mile with a
> HT/rubber duckie if there's a hill in the way. I've gotten signal from ~2
> miles, nearly line of sight but it required a directional antenna with the
> BRB. I haven't tested the ET.
> One advantage to the GPS over a simple beacon is that, if you are
> recording the signal during the descent, you'll have coordinates to follow.
> And, having lost a rocket with a tracker after it came in ballistic, I
> highly recommend recording as much data as you can during the flight.
> --
> Jordan
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