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[aprssig] Group Tracker Build Projects ?

William McKeehan mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net
Mon Sep 26 00:59:16 UTC 2005

I'm looking to build tracker units (radio,tracker,gps,antenna) for quick
deployment on vehicles for events.

I am looking for examples of this type of unit to eliminate the issue that you
bring up in point 3 below - I want something consistant that can be easily
managed and components easily replaced (if a radio gets broken for example).

Thanks for the info and pointers.

On Thu, September 22, 2005 6:00 pm, Scott Miller said:
>> Does anyone know of any groups that have built several trackers for the
>> group
>> to use during events? Not the property of any one individual, but the
>> property
>> of the group?
> My first exposure to APRS, long ago, was a Mic-E build on Field Day.  I know
> of a couple of clubs that have done OpenTracker builds more recently, and
> I've sold 10-packs to ARES groups, but I can't be certain they were built as
> group property.  The Lincoln ARC has the best-document group build event
> here:  http://www.146760.net/clubphotos/open_tracker_build.html.
>>1) configurations used
> Depends a lot on what exactly you want to do with 'em.
>>2) bulk discounts available
> I can help there, at least.  =]  My standard deal is $230 for a kit 10-pack,
> or $23 each for quantities from 10 to 20.  Over 20, let me know and I'll be
> happy to negotiate something.  I'll have a few cases of kits with me at DCC
> this weekend (I'll be there around 9:00 tonight) and I'll be offering an
> additional discount there.
>>3) any tips on such an effort.
> Put some thought into the radios and packaging to be used.  It's easy to
> wind up with a mish-mash of different setups that are hard to support
> consistently.  Again, it all depends a lot on what you're after.  Do you
> want permanent vehicle mobiles, relocatable self-contained mobiles,
> man-portable trackers, or what?
> Scott, N1VG
> http://n1vg.net/opentracker
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William McKeehan
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