Ham Radio Fun: Tracking Howl’s Moving Castle

While setting up the PC to track APRS data especially from an aircraft (validate sensitivity and range), I notice this. I did not know Howl’s Moving Castle had APRS. Actually it is a car and the guy forgot to configure his TNC.

moving catle

While unemployed and looking for a job, I been keeping myself busy by studding for my General / Extra class Ham radio exam and playing around with APRS with using the Raspberry Pi. For my non ham friends APRS stands for Automatic Packet Reporting System, it a system use to transit packet data over a local ham radio net. The data can be gps racking, weather or message traffic. The system uses ham radio and the internet.
I was debugging a with a problem with the Raspberry PI I can receive data but cannot transmit , using Raspberry PI, USB sound card direwolf as the Terminal Node Controller (TNC) connected to my Wosuxn hand held radio. I proved the Raspberry PI does not have the power to drive the USB sound card, by setting up the same configuration on old P4 Ubuntu Server. I need to find a different USB dongle for the Pi or use a dedicated TNC or the new Pi sound shield. I want to use the Raspberry Pi for High altitude Balloon APRS ground tracking stat or APRS on the chase vehicle. Dire-Wolf preformed very well, it more sensitive than using Soundmodem. Next, to see I can get and ping a satellite or the International Space Station with the setup and put a mag mount antenna in a cookie sheet for the ground plane on my balcony.



The rig

About Scatcatpdx

I am just an average Joe living in the People Republic of Portland Oregon. I was a Republican Precinct Person for Washington County, and campaign volunteer. Now I am a IDKWIA (I Don't Know What I Am). I am a bible believing Christian who is Calvinist and Reformed in my theology and Anglican in worship and practice. My other interest are music (classical and world, Progressive Trance), drawing, and Fury Fandom, I consider myself a furry lifestyler.. I am a Ham Radio operator.
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