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1570Re: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Re: RasPi APRS tracker?

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  • Clayton Brantley
    Apr 29, 2013
      Bob:  The install was not that hard.  Took me a bit to save the settings, but it just worked.  The TNC-X
      simply plugs onto the Pi header and eliminated the interfacing.  I just did a ' sudo apt-get install xastir '
      and watched.   The map is world wide and you just zoom in to your area and tell it to make your station
      the center.  Takes just a few minutes to be on the air with it.

      I'm not familiar with Direwolf so can't comment on that and have not tried a soundmodem on the Pi

      Good luck with your efforts
      Clayton N4EV

      From: bob_g3wkw <bob.thornton@...>
      To: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013 8:26 AM
      Subject: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Re: RasPi APRS tracker?

      What does the "piggy-back" TNC-X do that cannot be achieved with either soundmodem or DireWolf? I did hover over the purchase button once but having got both soundmodem and direwolf to work I hesitated. I am sure you are right about xastir providing you can be disciplined about using its mapping features which are great when properly configured, but take a bit of work and understanding to configure nicely. Perhaps xastir has grown a bit too complex for most users needs. A good install is quite a challenge, I did the Debian package first, then progressed to a tarball and now have the CVS latest built. Perhaps mapping is easier to crack in the US but I need to slice and dice my shapefile a bit. So probably there is a niche for a lightweight installation. Perhaps what Alex has developed will integrate nicely with direwolf to give a simple message and beacon application.



      --- In Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@yahoogroups.com, Clayton Brantley <clayton_n4ev@...> wrote:
      > Easy way to do this is with the piggy-back TNC-X made for the Pi.
      > I'm using Xastir on mine and works great!
      > Clayton N4EV
      > ________________________________
      > From: Max Harper <kg4pid@...>
      > To: "Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@yahoogroups.com" <Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Saturday, April 27, 2013 7:53 PM
      > Subject: Re: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] RasPi APRS tracker?
      > I'm interested, it could surely do things that the average tracker couldn't do.
      > I'd like to be able to send a beacon on VHF and then switch to 30m and send a beacon using PSK63 and compatable with APRS Messenger. GPS logging would be easy also. Beaconing through the ISS when available whould be cool to.
      > Max KG4PID
      > From: Alex <alex@...>
      > To: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Friday, April 26, 2013 11:26 PM
      > Subject: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] RasPi APRS tracker?
      > Is anyone interested in using the Raspberry Pi for an APRS tracker? I have been working on a program for just that purpose. It would work with either a TNC-Pi or soundmodem. Yes, there are purpose-built trackers that would be cheaper but my whole purpose behind this was to add a little intelligence for "backwoods" use.
      > So far it's just a basic tracker with SmartBeaconing. Currently under development is frequency control of the radio - not getting into a digi on 144.39? It will try the ISS if it's overhead or HF if nothing else. Maybe even mobile Igating.
      > It's for personal use but I'd be happy to share it with the community. If you're a programmer, help is always appreciated too.
      > Thanks!
      > Alex - AB0TJ

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