[aprssig] Automatic omni DF query

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Wed Feb 11 17:44:51 CST 2009

Bill Vodall WA7NWP wrote:
> So what path do we use to put our HD TV on APRS?
> I got it.   I even have two redeemed HD coupons and I'll do the third
> when I find a converter box with Sony/Separate video output.
> Unfortunately the TV coupons are specifically not valid for "good"
> converters.
> An no - even if there was such a thing as coupons for new ELT's there
> are those that wouldn't find it necessary since they rely on APRS.
> Bill

Two coupon-qualified boxes that DO have S-Video out are the Channel 
Master CM-7000 (generally reviewed as the best box, period), and the 
Apex DT-250 available at Best Buy.   Both these boxes also have the 
Smart Antenna control output for automatically-steered active 
directional antennas.   The Channel Master is typically $30 after 
coupon, while the Apex is only $10-20 after coupon.  

Another one of interest is the "Airlink 101" which is only $40 and is 
net zero after coupon. Although it doesn't have S-video out (only ch3/4 
RF and composite), the real attraction of this box is that it's chassis 
actually operates on +12VDC via a wall wart with the same coax power 
connector used on TNCs.   Connecting this box to a laptop with analog 
NTSC video-in, or a 5" DC-capable TV, gives you a DTV receive setup that 
can operate on emergency power from a ham station's 12VDC battery plant.

By the way, all three of these boxes have analog passthough.  



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