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VX-8R Symbol/SSID (Was Re: [aprssig] Yaesu VX-8R)

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Tue May 20 20:30:50 UTC 2008

Yikes - I saw a couple of those on people at Dayton and I was wondering 
what they were going for.

I had my own version hiding way down at the far end of the booth, with 
no display, and I don't think anyone noticed it.  It's just a mock-up 
for now, a SiRFStar III receiver and Sarantel Geohelix SMP antenna 
crammed into an old Radio Shack mic.  I can fit an OT1+ in there too, 
but the real problem is power.

Getting a custom housing made with a battery compartment would be an 
expensive proposition, and at least for SAR use a self-powered GPS mic 
without field-replaceable batteries is unacceptable.  At least I have 
the equipment now to fabricate prototypes, but not the mechanical design 
ability.  It's something I'll be playing with as I have time, though.


K7FTP wrote:
>> The GPS will be in the external mic that connects to the Yaesu.
> That is nice, but we looked into the Icom DSTAR HT with the same type of 
> setup, and you are into it for about $1K after the HT and the 
> GPS/spkrmic. I wonder what the combo will cost for the Yaesu?  Nice for 
> cable and storage, but $$$$$.$$
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