[aprssig] kayaking and APRS

Duane Whittingham n9ssn at arrl.net
Tue Aug 26 14:04:55 EDT 2008

Well here is something that is small and self contained and water resistant:


Duane - N9SSN

At 12:58 PM 8/26/2008, you wrote:
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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Duane Whittingham - N9SSN
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