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Lots of info


USBlink http://www.g4ilo.com/usblink.html USB sound card + VOX interface to PTT switch + HT

Some notes on available hardware

Other 2M HTs including two ICOM F11s which have no external power connectors (battery only) and a Kenwood TH-F6A

Breaking this all down I need a receiver to work as an iGate with a Pi 3, and a transmitter to implement a Digipeater.

The cellphone APRSDroid solution appeals to me too, later maybe. https://wcares.org/special-interests-3/aprs/aprs-hardwired-cell/

Step one is the iGate as a data sink since I can already use the Kenwoods as sources. There is no iGate close to my house. So that is my first need.

iGate on a Pi

Two common approaches (1) SDR (2) sound card + HT. I have a cheap USB sound card and a RTL-SDR on order now. The RTL-SDR appeals to me the most but it's receive only, so it can't function as a digipeater.

A good article on the sound card approach is here https://wcares.org/special-interests-3/aprs/aprs-raspberry-pi-virtual-tnc/ It's out of date but still good.

This is good too https://godseyonline.net/raspberry-pi-direwolf-digipeater-igate-soundcard-version/

Sam Buchanan's notes: http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=30180

RTL-SDR + Direwolf http://km6zpo.com/how-to-build-an-aprs-igate-with-rtl-sdr-sdr-direwolf-and-pinpoint-aprs-for-windows/

Eventually, if I end up using one radio for receive and one for transmit, how do I isolate them? This is what duplexers are for, but not when you have two radios operating on the exact same frequency. Why would I do that anyway? Just use one radio. One way is two antennas, and pull the receiver input to ground when transmitting. http://www.ok1rr.com/index.php/technical-topics/39-yet-another-front-end-saver

Direwolf build

sudo apt install git-all libasound2-dev cmake -y
git clone https://www.github.com/wb2osz/direwolf
cd direwolf

Then read and follow instructions in README.md, basically

git checkout dev
mkdir build && cd build
cmake ..
make -j4
sudo make install
make install-conf

Xastir - this is a desktop app so I am not looking at it.

Argent Data Systems

Products for amateur radio including APRS applications


2m Transmitter MX146 from SRB -- This is a 500 mW transmitter, $70

OpenTracker+ is open source / open hardware and uses a Motorola MCU.


These are controllers, connects a data stream (eg weather or gps) to a Kantronics TNC.

They now have a Tracker2 with a 5 watt 2m radio now. T2-301 $229



Maker of TinyTrak controllers and MicroTrak transmitters

Purchased way back in 20 Aug 2010 and tossed into a "future projects" box. I got a TinyTrak4 controller kit and a MicroTrak MT8000 which is like a TinyTrak3 with a built in 8 watt transmitter.


Information from the source: http://www.byonics.com/tinytrak4/

The wiki: http://www.vk7hse.hobby-site.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Some random links

Links from Andy Volokitin






http://www.ringolake.com/pic_proj/gps_trak/freetrak202.html FreeTrak -

APRS software

First off I am looking at Xastir.

Xastir on my Mac Book Pro

I moved everything to this page... Xastir