Rock the Blog or bust in the #RSmini
By the time you read this I will probably be on the road to the Rock the Blog conference, part of the programme at the huge CeBIT technology event in Hanover, Germany.
For some crazy reason I decided to drive there from my home in East Sussex and thought I might as well make the most of it – so transformed my little Mini Cooper S with new ResponseSource orange livery.
It’s going to be a long drive – my guess is well over 10 hours including stops – through four countries.
I’ll have a lot of tech in the car (Garmin 2595 sat nav, Mio Mivue 658 Wifi dashcam, Alpine CDE-196DAB head unit with Bluetooth). The tracking device is actually quite low-tech, using APRS (automatic packet reporting system – the same technology that is used by shipping to broadcast their position) through a simple GPS device called a TinyTrak3 attached to a ‘ham’ radio (in this case an Icom IC-E2820). This sends position data every two minutes over an amateur radio frequency. This is picked up by amateur radio enthusiasts along the route and either re-transmitted or transferred onto the aprs.fi website where you can see it.