[aprssig] kayaking and APRS
steve at dimse.com
Tue Aug 26 18:42:28 CDT 2008
Can't really call it cobbling, but Steve Roberts, N4RVE wrote a CQ VHF
article a few years ago, in which he approached this with his usual
superb design (to the point of overkill) methods.
On Aug 26, 2008, at 1:58 PM, Jim Lux wrote:
> A couple general questions..
> What, given current state of the art, and buying brand new gear (as
> opposed to cobbling something together from junk in my garage) would
> be a good small package for a APRS/GPS system that is waterproof for
> a kayak in the ocean? Gotta be pretty small because there's not a
> whole lot of places to put it.
> Then, if one wanted to put a digipeater in the car (from which one
> launched that kayak), what's a good system solution there. The idea
> is that there may not be reliable coverage from a little 5W tracker
> on the kayak to the overall APRS infrastructure, but that you can
> probably get back to the car with it, and then, the car can digipeat
> the packets with a)a bigger antenna and b) more power.
> Ideally, one would also like the car to log the packets it gets from
> the kayak (because the odds of all the packets getting into the
> "internet", where you could use findu, etc, are quite low in the
> greater Los Angeles area.. )
> Jim, W6RMK
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