A short sharp and shiny post !
to this end, I have set up a mailing list where items such as RX ground stations, chasing, and chasing co-ordination can be discussed. This will also help avoid situations that have been encountered recently, where people have travelled quite long distances to find a sonde has already been recovered.
If you are an active RX station or a chaser we would encourage you to subscribe to the VK5 WX Sonde list. All new members need to be approved before posting, and that will usually be done within a day or so.
For those new to this activity, the following resources will help:
- Mark VK5QI’s sonde chasing presentation slides are available here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Pg_Sn9Pc7wDa2s59e-ww63gOwq1zynsZXr97TNUcI4A/edit?usp=sharing
- Information on the open source radiosonde decoding software is available here: https://github.com/projecthorus/radiosonde_auto_rx/wiki This software automatically scans for and decodes radiosonde telemetry using a Raspberry Pi and RTLSDR.
The Mailing list was established so that the Various RX station operators can discuss any issues and or set-up hints and tips. For the Chaser, the list can be used to co-ordinate and notify when you intend to chase and to notify when you actually find a Sonde.