[aprssig] kayaking and APRS

Jim Lux jimlux at earthlink.net
Tue Aug 26 13:58:53 EDT 2008

A couple general questions..
What, given current state of the art, and buying brand new gear (as opposed to cobbling something together from junk in my garage) would be a good small package for a APRS/GPS system that is waterproof for a kayak in the ocean?  Gotta be pretty small because there's not a whole lot of places to put it.

Then, if one wanted to put a digipeater in the car (from which one launched that kayak), what's a good system solution there.  The idea is that there may not be reliable coverage from a little 5W tracker on the kayak to the overall APRS infrastructure, but that you can probably get back to the car with it, and then, the car can digipeat the packets with a)a bigger antenna and b) more power.

Ideally, one would also like the car to log the packets it gets from the kayak (because the odds of all the packets getting into the "internet", where you could use findu, etc,  are quite low in the greater Los Angeles area.. )

Jim, W6RMK

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