Actually it never left…
This along with a Yaesu FT 2400 2m mobile radio and a rigblaster NOMIC interface did the trick.
Along with a power supply and a copper J pole this was the APRS setup that I used for years whenever a balloon flight needed to be tracked or CASARA had an exercise….
Later on after I got my Yaesu VX8GR I started carrying it with me on SOTA events and on occasional road trips so Liz could track me while I was away… It also functioned as an APRS I Gate when there was a need for a fill in in the APRS network locally.Well over the years the need for APRS declined. My knees were not strong enough for SOTA anymore, the Amateur Balloon Group were no longer active and CASARA had chosen to follow a different communications path…. The VX8GR was sold at a hamfest and the collection of wires, and components that made up my home APRS station along with my FT 2400 got shuffled off to a box in the basement.
Now a few operators are starting to use APRS for their Canadian Island Activating and so my interest has once again been growing… I looked through the basement and found the whole station sitting in the box in the basement…. That is the whole station without the XP Laptop which died a noble death a few years ago…
However I did have a Netbook that runs XP still kicking around and so after downloading the software (AGWPE and UI View) and trying to remember how I configured it so many years ago….
Its not up full time yet as I have to get a dedicated antenna outside for it. I have the antenna and the coax… Its just doing the install. Right now it shares the antenna with my Yaesu FT 7800 which I use for the local repeaters…
So whats with the sudden APRS Revival?
You might remember that recently I mentioned about the new Yaesu Fusion Repeaters that are springing up all over the place?
Well all those Fusion handheld and mobile units also do APRS right out of the box. Built in software and built in GPS. I am expecting that these new radios will add to the interest in not only Digital Voice but also APRS.
Its in my best interest to show the APRS Network in a positive light and add to the beacons a newbie can see when they are looking at getting their new gear on the air.
As I replace my current 2m/70cm FM only rigs I will be doing it with the new Yaesu Fusion radios. Not rushing out to do it… but when my Handheld FT60 needs replacing it will be replaced by the Yaesu FT1DR handheld and when I buy a mobile rig for the new camper it will be the Yaesu FTM100DR. Till then my FT7800 will serve me fine.
Thanks to Radioworld for the links to show you the gear. Over the years I have been a happy customer and don’t mind saying nice things about them. As long as I stay happy… I keep saying nice things….
This will be a relearning process for me… stay tuned to see how much or how little I can remember