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How to start with APRS?

Discussion in 'Working Different Modes' started by BX2ABT, Apr 21, 2012.

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  1. BX2ABT

    BX2ABT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I would like to try out APRS, but after much googling I'm still not sure what route to take. If you all could give me some advice after reading this.....

    • the only 2m/70cm rig I have is a Kenwood TH-F7e a.k.a. TH-F6A.
    • I'm running Linux exclusively. I do run Wine, but I prefer native Linux software. I have played with Xastir in the past.
    • I would like to connect my Hobby Board 1-Wire sensors to transmit weather data from my home QTH.
    • Picking up or working the ISS would be fun.
    • I'm not sure whether to buy a TNC or a tracker (I've been looking at Opentracker+, the TinyTrac3 and the Cross Country Wireless APRS TNC Digi Tracker). Kits are fine with me, building from scratch not at this stage. Making custom cables is no problem.
    • Me being not so bright sometimes (some say most of the time, but I beg to differ :D) I am looking for a set-up with which has lots of documentation on the web for me to follow.
    • The budget is limited. If I can get second hand stuff I would be delighted, but then I have to be certain I get the right stuff.

    I live in Taiwan. We do have a fixed APRS frequency here, but it has moved around a bit. Thanks for the help. --Hans
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