[aprssig] Economical APRS

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Mon Jul 28 13:24:07 EDT 2008

Most of the traditional TNCs aren't that great as APRS trackers anyway. 
  You're still better off with a dedicated tracker.  I sell the 
OpenTracker+ assembled for $46 or as a kit for $32.  Byonics sells the 
TinyTrak3+ for $47 assembled and $38 as a kit.  The OpenTracker+ is 
closer in functionality to the TinyTrak4, which is $65 as a kit.  My 
Tracker2 does considerably more than that for $95 assembled, but the 
enclosure manufacturer screwed up on one of the metal pieces and I'm out 
of stock for at least a few more days.

Kits are still the cheapest way to get into it if they can tolerate some 
soldering.  For 10 units, the price of the OT1+ kit drops to $25, so 
it's a good deal for club buys.



Joseph M. Durnal wrote:
> I built my first APRS station for less than $100.  But it seems with
> the popularity of APRS & Winlink that used TNCs are priced much higher
> than they were 3 years ago.  Any suggestions from the group on ways to
> get new hams on APRS without spending a lot of money?  Most of the
> interested parties I've talked to won't be comfortable building
> interfaces, maybe not even cables, we'll see.  I had a couple of local
> hams tune into http://aprs.fi this weekend while we were using APRS to
> manage the SAG vehicles for the cycle across Maryland event, now they
> want to do more!  I hope to get them participating in the network
> sooner than later.  I never new that the web site would be a good tool
> to get folks interested!
> Thanks & 73 de Joseph Durnal NE3R
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