I have a couple of GPS enabled APRS beacons. My smallest one fits in an Altoids Mints tin box and is powered by a common 9 volt battery. Still, that might be too big for a cutaway beacon, I am not a rigger and dont know all the gear issues.
In most areas APRS signals are picked up by repeaters and the results are posted free right here: www.aprs.fi
Here are the raw data packets from a jump two weeks ago:
Data includes latitude, longitude, altitude, heart rate, blood oxygen level etc.
With one of these attached to a cut away main canopy, finding it would be a cinch. Any smart phone with Internet access and an internal GPS could find it.
The Tech class ham license you need to use APRS is very easy to obtain. Just some multiple choice questions from a pool that is published so you can see them all ahead of time. Morse code testing is no longer a requirement for a ham license.
(This post was edited by 377 on May 7, 2012, 5:46 PM)