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[aprssig] Economical APRS

Joseph M. Durnal joseph.durnal at gmail.com
Mon Jul 28 19:27:45 UTC 2008


can the OpenTracker+ kits be used at a home station with a PC with
software like UIVIEW & XASTIR?  If so, that would be ideal!

On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 1:24 PM, Scott Miller <scott at opentrac.org> wrote:
> 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.
>
> https://www.argentdata.com/products/otplus.html
>
> Scott
> N1VG
>
> 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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