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Old 08-20-2018, 09:27 AM
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Default Need APRS Guru Help

I have a Byonics RTG-FA permanently installed. It gets GPS from the Skyview over a 9600 baud serial connection and I get a steady green LED almost immediately on power up (after the Skyview is powered up of course), so I assume the GPS coordinates are legit. I'm transmitting the NMEA Basic information to the RTG. I configured the unit per Sam's sticky post with the exception of using 9600 baud. I have smart beaconing turned on. Mic-e is also turned on. The antenna is a Laird Phantom Elite ETRA 1440 mounted onto one of my inspection plates under the right wing connected via a RG-174 coax terminated with a NMO connection.

So, out of all the times I had it on this weekend, and this includes a Pilots N Paws mission flying as high as 9000 ft (on the return leg without the dogs of course), I got nothing recorded on aprs.fi. I did get one beacon on Saturday, but that's it.

I have not yet tested the coax and antenna, and I will. I have an antenna analyzer, but I was wondering if there was anything in the configuration I should check or if there was any way to see if it was transmitting with bad data.

Yes, I'm a ham (K0MDD), but I have the tracker set up with N678MT as the call sign.

Any ideas other than just checking the antenna and coax?
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