[aprssig] New Icom Mobile
kc5zrq at gmail.com
Tue Feb 13 02:02:32 CST 2007
Mark wrote, "Too bad it doesn't have any built-in APRS capability."
Although it doesn't have built-in APRS, it is APRS capable. It does have a
1200/9600 baud packet connector and you can run APRS on one band, and FM or
D-STAR on the other.
I have been using D-STAR for a while and my main focus has been APRS over
D-STAR. It works extremely well. In my opinion, APRS over D-STAR is much
better than APRS over AX.25.
In addition to using AX.25 on 144.390 MHz, my UI-View32 station (KC5ZRQ), is
also using D-STAR on 145.670 MHz. I also have a station, KE5MBS, setup on
D-STAR, for the local RACES organization.
I have two Internet gateway stations in my town. KC5ZRQ-1 for APRS and
KC5ZRQ-2 for D-PRS. They bridge the gap between D-STAR users and APRS
users, providing 100% interoperability.
µSmartDigi, for the TNC-X, provides APRS and D-PRS interoperability with the
need for any type of gateway.
I look forward to the Icom IC-2820H. I think it will provide users with the
choice of using either APRS, D-PRS or both.
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