Geo tracking with the Canon 7D and WFT-e5a was outlined in my last post
Here are the modifications and updates I talked about testing and promised to re-post on.
The first issue was a tweak to the Bluetooth size issue. The test Bluetooth projected out from the Canon WFT-e5a unit a bit too far for my liking. I knew regardless of he precautions it was simply a matter of time before the Bluetooth was bumped, bent and/or snapped off – a mess if this happened on a flight, where multiple bodies are being shuffled around hurriedly. The solution is the “IOGear USB 2.1 Bluetooth Micro Adapter GBU421″ below. Look at that thing, super tiny. In fact so tiny one could probably build it right into the WFT – hey!? What a great idea! Canon???
Ironically the only concern I have about the “IOGear USB 2.1 Bluetooth Micro Adapter GBU421″ is its Lilliputian size – it’s so small I can see losing the little bugger. So I jumped back on Amazon an ordered a couple extra, at $12 it’s worth it.
The next newly tested item will be a GPS transmitter. My original tests on a Garmin GPS 10x did not work – I’m testing other models. Honestly the OnCourse tested on the initial flights in the Gulf worked fine, I just have a bit of brand loyalty to Garmin since all the other units of theirs have worked flawlessly for me.
The Garmin GPS 10x. is also small. Measuring mere 75mm x 40mm x 12 mm, and weighing virtually nothing, I think will be able to duct-tape this thing just about anywhere. It has a transmission range of 7+ meters so I can locate it anywhere in the plane, helicopter or boat that I need to.
I will be further field testing this combination in the Gulf over the coming weeks and report back on the result as well as some images from both Florida and SW Louisiana.