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VHS 11-28-2014 01:38 PM

APRS Transceiver now available
 
I have to apologize to this group. A few people have contacted me about whether the new transceiver I have been developing is ready yet or still "VaporWare". I made the announcement on the usual APRS boards a couple of weeks ago, but forgot my friends over on the airborne side, and I am sorry.

At any rate, the new 8-10 Watt, frequency agile transceiver is in stock and shipping. Its form factor is identical to our RTG-50, although its an 8-10 Watt transmitter ( depending on supply voltage and having a good enough antenna to run it at full power) We have had quite a few ship, and I am waiting for feedback from anyone who may have installed one in an aircraft ( An installation I am sure you know that always seems to be just a little more quirky than any other) You can see the picture and download the manual at byonics.com/mtt4B. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Allen

Mike S 11-28-2014 01:49 PM

Not sure if I understand any value to the unit being a transceiver vs. a simple transmitter.

What value does the receiver function have to the pilot community??

scard 11-28-2014 01:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike S (Post 937099)
Not sure if I understand any value to the unit being a transceiver vs. a simple transmitter.

What value does the receiver function have to the pilot community??

Imagine getting a text message via aprs to stop having fun and come home because dinner is ready! Or, standing up a digi with a 6000' antenna :). The potential could get the brain racing.

Mike S 11-28-2014 02:11 PM

Obviously I need some education here----------APARS is for position reporting isnt it???

What does that have to do with text messages?

Lenny Iszak 11-28-2014 02:37 PM

The possibilities are endless but the best thing about it is that instead of transmitting in the blind it can listen on the frequency before transmitting, minimizing the chance of simultaneous transmissions from multiple stations. Makes you a much more sensible APRS user...

humptybump 11-28-2014 02:43 PM

it can also hone in on the ubiquitous Russian for in-air meet-ups :)

Mike S 11-28-2014 03:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by humptybump (Post 937110)
it can also hone in on the ubiquitous Russian

The Russian is ubiquitous:eek::eek:

We are all doomed....................

humptybump 11-28-2014 03:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike S (Post 937120)
The Russian is ubiquitous:eek:

Ubiquitous: appearing, or found everywhere.

Pretty much sums it up :D

DaleB 11-28-2014 07:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike S (Post 937103)
Obviously I need some education here----------APARS is for position reporting isnt it???

What does that have to do with text messages?

I am no APRS expert, but I do know it can be used for passing much more than position information, and can do so bi-directionally. So while I don't think an SMS text message is going to make it to you (now watch an APRS maven prove me wrong) you could exchange messages with other hams. So now you can fly as distracted as half the drivers on the road. It's progress. :)

krwalsh 11-29-2014 01:13 AM

APRS<>SMS
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DaleB (Post 937188)
So while I don't think an SMS text message is going to make it to you (now watch an APRS maven prove me wrong)

Lots of ways to get APRS<>SMS
http://www.aprs.org/aprs-messaging.html


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