Hello Jeff and welcome to the group.
To run aprs mobile you have several options.
I run an opentracker kit. It is similar to the TinyTrak except it is
open source, and there are updates to the firmware regularly to add
features and fix bugs and such.
A few pro's and con's of an opentracker type setup.
Cheap- the kit costs about 40 dollars and you assemble it yourself. If
you want it prebuilt, it costs about 10 bucks more.
Supports Smart Beaconing- this feature is awesome, in that it beacons
your position more often at higher speeds, say once a minute at
interstate speeds, but every 15 minutes when sitting at Wal-mart or at
a stop light. It will also beacon your position when you make a turn.
GPS plug and play ready- N1VG Scott that makes the opentracker also
sells a hockey puck type gps that plugs directly into the opentracker.
It sells for 65 dollars and you can order it directly from his
website. A 'hockey puck' type gps is a gps receiver only, it doesnt
have any type of display. Its just a plastic square box about 1 inch
in size, that just has a cord that plugs into the opentracker.
There are lots of other features that you can read about on his site
and you can join the OpenTracker Yahoo group also for some good info.
TX only- This kit transmits your position but it doesnt decode
packets. It has a RX energy circuit that knows when the channel is
busy so it doesnt transmit over other stations. (Scott is about to
release an Opentracker 2 that will decode, but that will be a few
months down the road)
The TX only thing is the main feature I dislike about any type of
tracker kit like that.
I do a lot of aprs network watching and managing, and its a pain to go
back and look at findu.com just to see where and when you made it into
the aprs network.
I just ordered a Kenwood d700 because of that fact. I want to see at a
glance when my beacons make it into the network, and to see what kind
of range some of our digi's have from the mobile. But the d700 does
not support SmartBeaconing. It has a fixed beacon rate that is
adjustable from every 30 seconds to every 30 minutes. The d700 allows
messaging to and from the mobile, so it opens up a whole new world for
aprs mobile users. I see lots of stations traveling I40, and I will
shoot a quick msg to them about the Jackson 2m repeater. You can also
send quick 1 line emails from the mobile, or lookup callsigns with a
short msg to a callsign server.
I'm sure there are lots of points I overlooked as its still early this
morning, but if you need any help or have any questions dont hesitate
to ask. There is enough aprs knowledge subscribed to this group to
answer about any questions that you can come up with.
73 and again welcome to the group,
--- In email@example.com, "Jeff Gallimore" <w4jpg@...> wrote:
> Probably start out with a mobile.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jeff" <ku4ww@...>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 10:23 PM
> Subject: [wtnaprs] Re: Just getting started
> > Hey Jeff,
> > What do you have in mind? Base? Mobile? Other? There are several
> > combos out there. Here are some links that might help you.
> > http://www.dididahdahdidit.com/aprslink.php
> > http://www.w0ipl.com/ECom/aprs-imp.htm
> > http://www.ui-view.org/
> > http://wb4fay.com/aprssa.html
> > http://france.aprs2.net/
> > http://www.winaprs.org/
> > http://gps4fun.com/
> > http://www.ir3ip.net/iw3fqg/uidigi-e.htm
> > http://www.kenwood.net/indexKenwood.cfm?
> > http://www.coastalchip.com/Kenkey.htm
> > Just a few things to look at. But, there are many more places to
> > look. If your looking to use APRS at home (base), there are a few
> > programs available: UI-View, WinAPRS, APRS+SA, Xastir and others.
> > Mobile units can be the all-in-one Kenwood TM D700A mobile or the TH
> > D7A HT or tracker units (all-in-one) or tracker units using tncs.
> > The Alinco DR135T has the tnc built in. Goodluck and welcome to the
> > group.
> > Jeff/KU4WW
> > http://map.findu.com/ku4ww
> > http://www.ae5pl.net/html/allaprs.htm
> > --- In email@example.com, "Jeff Gallimore" <w4jpg@> wrote:
> >> Hey folks, I am just getting started. Any suggestions or ideas on
> > how to get started ???
> >> Jeff W4JPG
> > Yahoo! Groups Links
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