I spent past few months playing around with balloons, building beacons and launching them. I had lot of fun and gained some experience building simple HF CW transmitters. My background is mostly in programming (C, C++, .Net, Perl and such) and I also enjoy playing around with digital circuits (using microcontrollers such as PIC, ATMEL, etc.). BUT anything analog is sort of a mystery to me…
I have reached a point where I would like to attempt something larger, build more sophisticated system that is autonomous as much a possible, attach it to a balloon and have the balloon float around for as long as possible. Would anyone be interested in working on this project with me? It would be great to find some new friends, gain some valuable experience and also have fun building this.
I am attaching a "block diagram" of how I envision the flight computer to work. My original plan was to take the VersaBeacon (http://www.nogaqrp.org/meetings/mar2...nAbstract.html) designed by AE4JY and N4IP and modify it to suit my needs as it can easily do SSTV and Telemetry (RTTY or PSK31) and it covers 0.1 - 150MHz.
So, is anyone out there currently bored and willing to spend some time on this with me?