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[aprssig] APRS and dstar

Andre aprs at pe1rdw.demon.nl
Sun May 27 15:10:50 UTC 2012

On Sun, 27 May 2012 14:17:03 +0200, Perry Chamberlain <canoeman at qnet.com>  

>  I may get some flames but here goes.
> I have been heavily  involved in packet and APRS since the early 90s,  
> and loved it. Recently I have got involved in Dstar. Wow.
> A lot of the things I loved in APRS and packet, are right there in dstar.
> For those of you who like the messaging abilities, the gps tracking, the  
> ability to pass data, at 128k, should also have a look at dstar. It has  
> a steep learning curve, but once you get it running, I find it has most  
> of what makes APRS and packet fun, and a ton more. I can still do  
> keyboard to keyboard data, simplex, send video, and pics, large files,  
> and at the same time carry on a conversation on the same frequency.  
> Being able to surf the web, from your car,  or camp site , is very cool.  
> Some might not like the repeater linking on the web part, but that's  
> what is happening with igates. With all the non icom dstar board kits  
> out there, you can be up and playing with very low cost.
> I like both APRS and dstar, but I find dstar is more fun lately.
> Off the soap box.
> Ke6anm
realy a pitty that there are zero alternatives for 128k DD, only the ID1  
1200 mhz radio costing almost 1000 usd and a 23cm data repeater, it's a  
lot cheaper to get a pair of 1 gbit ax25 psk stations going.

73 Andre PE1RDW

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