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Old 10-29-2018, 01:46 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by herbsells View Post
We are full-time RV'ers and I recently was exposed to APRS by a ham I met in an RV park. I am currently using Android APRS on my cell phone to send position, but it uses cell and/or wifi to send the beacon.
I'd like to have a VHF radio installed in the rig send the beacon as we move down the road.
Do I have to buy a NEW VHF GPS APRS enabled radio? Or is there an add-on I can buy and install on my present VHF/UHF dual-band mobile radio.
Can anyone tell me where to go look and learn

First of all, you don't need to buy a new radio. I have a dual band Kenwood ham radio in my vehicle. I have another radio for the shop channel (I work for a 2-way shop in the Los Angeles area). Rather than tie up my primary voice ham radio I decided to put together a dedicated APRS radio (yes, it needs it's own antenna).

I picked up a fourth hand 45w Motorola commercial two way radio that happens to cover the 2 meter band just fine. It's a 30 year old radio and set me back $25. I programmed it with the nationwide APRS channel plus a second APRS channel that is in local use for special events.

Rather than plug in a microphone I plugged in a device made by Byonics called a Tiny Track 3+. You then plug a little GPS unit (a little smaller than a hockey puck) into the Byonics unit and you are done. The pair will set you back a little over $100. The TinyTrack 3+ is available in kit form if you want to save a few bucks.

The TT3+, GPS hockey puck and a generic 2m radio is all you need to give you a fully functional APRS mobile that does not tie up your voice radio.

Look for the link for "TinyTrak3Plus and GPS Combo"

If you want more info on the Tiny Track you can contact me at wa6ilq@gmail.com

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Old 11-03-2018, 01:49 PM   #16
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Running a Kenwood TM-710GA here. A bit pricey, but it works great.

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Old 11-07-2018, 08:35 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Deep Water D View Post
Running a Kenwood TM-710GA here. A bit pricey, but it works great.

Yep, me too.

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Check out Mobilinkd. Looks like a solution I may try.

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