I'm trying to determine the best way to operate a model rocket tracking beacon. There's various vague details on modes of operating in part 97, and equally vague descriptions in the 70cm band plan, and I was hoping someone could bring some clarity to the topic.
For now, I'm looking at using just a basic transmitter that can send a tone at regular intervals; since both weight and space are at a premium in a rocket, the simpler, the better. 97.215 covering telecommand of a model craft seems close other than this transmission will be generated by the craft and not used to control it. Some of the telemetry regulations seem close except at this point with just a basic transmitter, it's more of a beacon, there's no actual telemetry data. It's a bit like a fox hunt, but the transmitter isn't capable of identification (making the rules under 97.215 attractive). It's definitely somewhat beacon-like, but it's not a propagation beacon. What rules cover this type of operation? The transmitter has a max of 100mW power, and the antenna is just a short piece of wire.
The second part of this question is about frequency choice. The arrl band plan (which Arizona uses with some small exceptions that don't seem to apply to this) has some vague categories, none of which seem to fit exactly. Given the power level, weak signal work would seem to be the closest. Although in general, if I pick a frequency that's not in use in the area combined with the 100mW transmit power, there should be few issues here as long as I stay inside the 70cm ham band I believe.