[aprssig] APRS for a motorcycle - radios?

scott at opentrac.org scott at opentrac.org
Tue Feb 14 21:19:30 EST 2006

> So make one - where has the pioneering spirit gone ?
> Are we expereimentors, or just "equipment users"

I'd love to.  And in fact I could put together such a device (without a
mapping display, anyway) in prototype form, but it wouldn't be pretty.  Or
legal to sell.  Just getting FCC certification would require thousands of
dollars.  Manufacturing setup for just the body of the radio likely be in
the tens of thousands.  You've got multiple pieces to get injection molded,
maybe $3000 for a custom keypad, thousands more for a custom LCD.

The pioneering spirit isn't gone.. it just takes a lot more resources to
produce an economically viable product these days.


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