[aprssig] APRS for a motorcycle - radios?

Mark Cheavens mcheavens at usa.net
Wed Feb 15 08:09:02 EST 2006

I built a tracker for my motorcycle (DRZ-400 Dual Sport) out of a old 
Kenwood HT that had a bad battery pack. I put the TinyTrak inside the 
battery case and as I usually do, reversed the LED on the board and 
drilled holes to the outside of the case so the LED's are visible. 
The whole package is very small and works well. The single biggest 
improvement would be using a REAL antenna over the short rubber duck. 
I have not figured out a good antenna solution for the motorcycle 
yet! (suggestions welcome).

If anyone is interested I could take photos of the package and put 
them on my web site.


>I asked elsewhere and was advised that a 5W-7W HT is not likely to be
>adequate for the areas where I want to be tracked. Obviously 2m is LOS
>but in mountainous, remote Northern California, or the eastern and
>western Sierras, or the Central Coast, or the vast desert areas,
>wouldn't the extra punch of a 25W mobile make a big difference?
>-- Allan Pratt, apratt at bestbits.org

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