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Old 10-29-2018, 01:46 AM   #15
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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

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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.

Pointers:
https://www.byonics.com/tinytrak3
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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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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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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