[aprssig] APRS and goTenna
noskosteve at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 21 16:14:57 EST 2015
OK. So this is, in essence, a Bluetooth range extender translater via VHF with a crummy antenna. I always thought that cell phones should have a phone-to-phone mode. I guess with Bluetooth, they do. They just lack the software to pair.
Duplicate the protocol and it can send other (similar) data.
Regards, Steve K9DCI
Science & Technical Advisor
On Sat, 12/19/15, Greg Troxel via aprssig <aprssig at tapr.org> wrote:
Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRS and goTenna
To: "Richard Amirault via aprssig" <aprssig at tapr.org>
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2015, 7:31 AM
Richard Amirault via aprssig <aprssig at tapr.org>
> On 12/18/2015 7:13 PM, Bill Vodall wrote:
>> So much publicity and advertising these days for
the "new technology"
>> of the goTenna - when we've been doing the same and
much much more for
>> 20+ years.
> These works on MURS frequencies and, like any radio
> communication varies with location. I suspect that most
users will be
> disappointed in the coverage radius of these units.
Besides ... with
> no cell signals ... that means no power to re-charge
> (needed to use these) Unless you have provided a way to
> phone these will have a *very* limited time of use.
Power and cell don't seem all that closely linked; I tend to
be out of
cell coverage far more often than there is no
solar/battery isn't that hard, and even normal people carry
recharge their phones.
While there are issues, this seems a natural evolution of
radios, and is accessible to normal people. Plus it
seems one can
encrypt text messages and location, which you can't do on
But I agree that most people will be unhappy with range
have no idea how radio works.
To me the bad part is having to use their app vs an open
It was amusing that the WSJ article talked about people
taking these to
foreign countries - where MURS is probably not ok.
So I wonder if this will have a place to link the public to
for longer range communication during infrastructure
73 de n1dam
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