[aprssig] Economical APRS
scott at opentrac.org
Mon Jul 28 12:24:07 CDT 2008
Most of the traditional TNCs aren't that great as APRS trackers anyway.
You're still better off with a dedicated tracker. I sell the
OpenTracker+ assembled for $46 or as a kit for $32. Byonics sells the
TinyTrak3+ for $47 assembled and $38 as a kit. The OpenTracker+ is
closer in functionality to the TinyTrak4, which is $65 as a kit. My
Tracker2 does considerably more than that for $95 assembled, but the
enclosure manufacturer screwed up on one of the metal pieces and I'm out
of stock for at least a few more days.
Kits are still the cheapest way to get into it if they can tolerate some
soldering. For 10 units, the price of the OT1+ kit drops to $25, so
it's a good deal for club buys.
Joseph M. Durnal wrote:
> I built my first APRS station for less than $100. But it seems with
> the popularity of APRS & Winlink that used TNCs are priced much higher
> than they were 3 years ago. Any suggestions from the group on ways to
> get new hams on APRS without spending a lot of money? Most of the
> interested parties I've talked to won't be comfortable building
> interfaces, maybe not even cables, we'll see. I had a couple of local
> hams tune into http://aprs.fi this weekend while we were using APRS to
> manage the SAG vehicles for the cycle across Maryland event, now they
> want to do more! I hope to get them participating in the network
> sooner than later. I never new that the web site would be a good tool
> to get folks interested!
> Thanks & 73 de Joseph Durnal NE3R
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