[aprssig] A short little APRS story - and sob story

Charles Doughtie n5exy at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 30 22:07:22 EDT 2018

I had a similar experience a while back. Meanwhile, experiencing a bit of a dillemma. I am using Kenwood D700 with NUVI 350 in three vehicles. The NUVIs maps are no longer easily updatable and I don't think the AvMap units are available any more. Does anyone know a cheap relacement for the NUVI? Remember, I said three. New D710s, etc., for all vehicles will kinda blow the budget.

de Charlie, N5EXY,  Grid EM1Øfl36vu,
South Suburban Greater Hutto
Where Am I?                   http://www.aprs.fi/n5exy-9

      From: Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu>
 To: aprssig at tapr.org 
Cc: Reg Natarajan <reg at natarajan.ca>
 Sent: Monday, April 30, 2018 7:57 PM
 Subject: [aprssig] A short little APRS story
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