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, "Rick Pellicciotti" <rick@...> wrote:
> Hello all, My name is Rick Pellicciotti and I am a newly minted Technician, call sign KJ4NWQ. I live in Arlington, TN.
> I have been an aviation enthusiast all of my life and I discovered APRS as a way to track aircraft in flight a couple of years ago. I read everything I could online about APRS, studied the various hardware solutions and finally got around to taking a class and my test. Originally, I planned on running a dedicated tracker but since I moved to Arlington my family and I have gotten more involved with the community. We participate in Neighborhood watch and other activities so I decided that I would prefer a HT with APRS capabilities.
> Like others on the group, I settled on the VX-8R with GPS option. I managed to get it programmed and working on the Delta club repeaters without too much trouble. I also seem to have APRS working as I have been able to track myself driving to and from work the last couple of days on APRS.fi. I have a magnet mount antenna on the trunk lid for this. I am not getting to many hits on the I-40 stretch but I seem to do ok on the I240 loop. I have not tried it in my airplane yet but I hope to get around to it in the next week or so.
> I have an idea about how to update Twitter via APRS and I will be trying a couple of things in the next few days. I will be sure to let the group know if I have any success.
> Rick Pellicciotti, KJ4NWQ
> EZrg "Race 51", N818KD
> follow me on Twitter: @prowler1 and @CAFMemphis
Always good to have another person interested in APRS, Rick.
I am not into aviation myself, but from what I can tell a lot of pilots do use APRS.It would seem a natural use of the system.
I have a VX8-r also. It is a very versatile little radio, but you will find that the low power output will limit the range somewhat even if you use an outside antenna on your car. In the airplane it should work much better.Let us know how it works out. If you need any help with the VX8r, email me. I think I have most of the functions figured out.