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   KD7VKZ Tilt/Pan
   K6ZVA Trailer
   K6ZVA Flight-Tracker
   K6ZVA ATV Transmitter
   K6ZVA Cut-Down
   KD7VKZ Tracker
   Alt/Az -> HA/Dec
   Kenwood TH-D7
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K6ZVA Tracking Package

 

FLIGHT MODULE DESCRIPTION

 

A high altitude precision location module designed for near space environment has been completed . This is for balloon position and altitude reporting . Mounted directly below the parachute , it will support the rest of the payload. It will be subjected to a stringent test program for several months. A photo construction progress of the unit is shown.

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

  • 1 VERTEX VX 150 TRANSCIVER 144.39 / 144.99 mHz
  • 1 HIGH VALUE RADIO POCKET TRACKER 144.39 mHz
  • 1 GARMIN GPS 18 LVC
  • 1 DTMF DECODER / PROCESSOR & RELAY (CUT AWAY)
  • 5 & 8 VOLT REGULATORS
  • 1 300 mA METER
  • SEVERAL SWITCHES AND CONNECTORS
  • 2 FLEXIBLE ANTENNAS
  • 8 AA Lithium BATTERY PACK for flight.
  • 8 AA Ni MH BATTERY PACK (RECHARGABLE) for ground testing.
  • 2 D LITHIUM BATTERIES FOR CUT AWAY


  • PHISICAL

    BASIC MATERIAL - HALF INCH FOAM COVERING BALSA BOX

  • H 13" W 9" D 5 1/2"
  • WEIGHT 3 LBS 9 OZ
  • PERFORMANCE

  • BATTERY LIFE - >24 HRS NORMAL OPERATION
  • EXPECTED MAXIMUM ALTITUDE - > 100K FT
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    Click on an image for a (much) larger view.
       

    Ground Plane

    Ground Plane

    The initial balsa wood box, and aluminum foil ground plane for the 2 meter antennas.
       

    Basic Panel

    Basic Panel

    Control panel before installation.
       

    Equipment Install

    Equipment Install

    Equipment Installation.
    Top Panel     - Vertex VX 150 transciever  
                    144.39/144.99 MHz.
    
    Top Left      - Power regulation and distribution.
    
    Top Center    - Tiny Track module to transmit
                    APRS via the VX 150.
    
    
    Bottom left   -  8 AA NiMH rechargable battery pack.  
                             2 D Lithium for cut away
    
    Bottom center - Control Panel. (back)
    
    Bottom right  - High Value Pocket Tracker
                    144.39 MHz.
    
    Far right     - Garmin GPS 18LVC.
    
    
       

    Foam Install

    Foam Install

    Foam padding and insulation added to the package.
       

    More Foam

    More Foam

    More foam, and one antenna.
       

    Finished Equipment

    Finished Equipment

    Finished Equipment.
    Note the addition of the DTMF tone decoder board, and the relay that powers the cut down knife along the top beside the HT. The recieve channel of the HT is sent to the tone decoder board.
       

    Launch Ready

    Launch Ready

    Launch Ready
       

    Operations

    Operations

    Operations
       

    Return Label

    Return Label

    Return Label
       

    Complete Unit

    Complete Unit

    Complete Unit
       

    Ground Tracking

    Ground Tracking

    Ground Tracking

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