[aprssig] E Coast 9600 baud backbone 15W radios (firmware?).

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Wed Jun 1 16:23:55 CDT 2016


I guess because it would take a lot of work fussing with Ebay for days on
end trying to scrape up a bunch of identical radios.  Or are you saying
that they can be found in 20 unit quantities at that price?  If so, that’s
not a bad approach.



But I do want the 9600 baud backbone to begin with identical units to
minimize the unknowns in getting it up and running.



Bob, WB4aPR



*From:* Kenneth Finnegan [mailto:kennethfinnegan2007 at gmail.com]
*Sent:* Wednesday, June 01, 2016 5:04 PM
*To:* Robert Bruninga; TAPR APRS Mailing List
*Subject:* Re: [aprssig] E Coast 9600 baud backbone 15W radios (firmware?).



I'm still a bit unclear; why are you trying to homebrew data radios with
out-of-band PAs when you can get 25W UHF CDM1250s on eBay for less than
$100 a piece? I've been converting all my packet stations over to
CDM750/CDM1250s; the standard Motorola 16 pin IO connector is fantastic for
packet.


--
Kenneth Finnegan
http://blog.thelifeofkenneth.com/



On Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 9:40 AM, Robert Bruninga via aprssig <
aprssig at tapr.org> wrote:

By the way, I may have found a possible UHF exciter to get the radios
working on 420 MHz, but the question is, is using the KA Packet nodes in
the Kantronics KPC-9612’s the only way to do the level 4 network?  Although
I am sure we can find enough KPC9612’s for the 15 sites, I’m wondering
about long term viability?



Is there software out there to replicate the KA-NODE network (I think it is
same as THENET or theoriginal NETROM nodes?  Othern than the nice
off-the-shelf approach of the KPC9612’s?



Bob,WB4APR







*From:* Robert Bruninga [mailto:bruninga at usna.edu]
*Sent:* Friday, May 27, 2016 11:31 AM
*To:* TAPR APRS Mailing List
*Cc:* Robert Bruninga
*Subject:* E Coast 9600 baud backbone 15W radios.



At Dayton I picked up a box of 25 UHF data radios for the E Coast 9600 baud
backbone project.

Turns out, they are on 824 MHz.  But they have a 15 W driver stage that can
give us 15 Watts in the 420 MHz amateur band if we can find a simple UHF
transceiver with 1 Watt output.  ALl we have to do is bypass the final 45W
PA and add a TR switch.

Then add a TNC node and we are done.

See the info on these radios at the bottom of this page:
http://aprs.org/ec9600net.html

So, does anyone have ideas for the 1W UHX XCVR that we can split out the TX
and RX separately so we can use these PA's?

The data radios include a GPS receiver, but we wont need thoes in this
application.

Bob, WB4APR


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