ICQ Podcast Episode 339 – Tiny Spectrum Analyser – Any Good?
In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Edmund Spicer M0MNG to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s features is TinySA is it any good?
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Thanks for including our Pella ,IA around the world pico balloon achievement. You are correct that the geography is as exciting as the science and ham radio concepts for our local students.
A few points for clarification:
1. The APRS tracker is solar powered only, so when the sun goes down our tracker goes to bed!
2. At 12,100 meters altitude, 2 meter line of sight is about 260 miles. So tracking over the oceans or over areas that APRS stations are few and far between (like Africa, Mid East and much of China), we don’t have any tracking.
3. The tracker is fairly smart. The transmit freq changes based on the country it is flying over. In addition, when the balloon is over countries that don’t allow amateur radio balloon transmissions (like Great Britain and N Korea), the transmitter is disabled.
We are on lap 3 as we speak! I always enjoy your podcast.
Founder/President. Pella Explores Near Space
TinySA has a tiny spectrum coverage.
When one is looking for harmonics and spurs from fundamentals in the VHF & UHF bands, coverage to 960MHz is going to miss much, especially with a split input.
The price is the only redemption.