GPS BATTERY LIFE
The user configurable modes available within AeroVision allow the RT GPS to run for up to a week on the rechargeable battery. Mixed mode use can be configured for several hours of high update GPS plus many hours of lower update rate tracking. Default settings the battery life is 2-3 days.
- Weight: 9 grams with battery installed
- Battery used: rechargeable Lithium Battery (user swappable)
- Battery Life: 2-3 days with configurable modes to allow up to 7 days
- Antenna: 7 inch end-fed dipole diplexed with GPS
- RT-GPS Range: 1 to 30 miles*
- Turbo GPS Range: 2 to 100 miles*
*Measurements of distance are quoted using an Omni antenna. Conditions are variable depending on terrain and obstacles.
What are the regulations in the US and Canada for using the UHF bands?
The use of the 434 (or UHF) band in the USA & Canada requires the user to apply for a Ham Radio License (easily attainable by paying a small fee and passing a written test). Once done, the user is now a legal ‘station’ and is able to use the quiet UHF band and at much higher power levels. To legally use telemetry on this band, your transmitter must broadcast your station ID (Ham Radio Call Sign, a feature exclusive to Marshall transmitters). You simply enter your call sign or temporary station ID (phone number) into AeroVision.
If you do not have an Amateur Radio License, you might be surprised how easy it is to obtain one. Pass a simple test, for which you can study all the answers in advance, pay ten dollars and with and 80% passing grade, you have a ten-year license, new knowledge about Radio Telemetry and the authorization to use the non-commercial bands (such as 433-434) not only for tracking but communication and emergencies.
For those wanting to find out what’s required to get a HAM License, here’s a great place to start: How to get your Amateur Radio License