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Old 04-25-2014, 09:38 PM
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When I am flying in the mountains of NH and Maine the track is very spotty. Few repeaters and iGates. I will test it in AK this summer I doubt it would have much usefulness there.
Vlad, change the configuration to Wide 1-1, wide 2-2, which will give you more secondary stations when farther from civilization. Just remember to turn it off or reconfigure when in very populated areas (I got a nasty email when I flew over to the SF Bay area once with it configured like this and was hitting all sorts of stations and "clogging up" the system - now I turn it off when in those areas). When I first set mine up, it was configured with default settings and in remote areas of NV it was not getting a signal out. Since changing to the new settings, I rarely have any issues getting a signal out in the lower 48, and have been trackable in some pretty remote areas of Yukon:

http://aprs.fi/#!mt=roadmap&z=11&ts=...all=a%2FN7965A

I suspect that in much of Alaska unless you're scud running, you will get signals out. That may not extend to the Aleutians, but certainly most other places.

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Old 04-26-2014, 12:02 AM
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Ralph,

Easy. Connect the APRS as follows. Connect the APRS RS-232 input to any unused SkyView serial port transmit. Then configure the serial port on the display appropriately under SETUP MENU > SYSTEM SETUP > SERIAL PORT SETUP, SERIAL PORT x SETUP > selecting the desired output data format. You need to select NMEA (GPS) Data Output.

If you use the Byonics MTG-RTG and have a position on your SkyView, check the light next to the power plug. It will turn steady green when it has a position lock.

You should only have three wires, power, ground, and GPS data in.

Good luck and if you have anymore questions, feel free to email me directly at hr2plt@yahoo.com

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Old 04-26-2014, 05:02 AM
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I would be interested in getting this, is there a website or someone I can contact who can run me through what I need? I already have my Technician license so the hardest part is probably done. Feel free to contact me at fa50driver@yahoo.com

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Old 04-26-2014, 06:00 AM
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I would be interested in getting this, is there a website or someone I can contact who can run me through what I need? I already have my Technician license so the hardest part is probably done. Feel free to contact me at fa50driver@yahoo.com

Matt
Matt,

You are already at the best source of aviation APRS information. Read the stickies at the top of this forum:

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...play.php?f=104

Read this one first:

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...ad.php?t=27773

Then work your way through the other stickies. Let us know if you have more questions.

Happy trackin'!
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:10 PM
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I would strongly suggest a SPOT tracker. Much more flexible use and portable.
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Old 04-27-2014, 05:02 AM
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Sam you convinced me a while back. Taking the exam in two weeks and planning on Allen's unit when I'm issued a call sign. Even installed a switch in the panel already. One area is a little foggy though. Exactly how do you get your plane on a web site. I find Vlad's "Where" N666BK" the best APRS reporting site I've found unless you have a better one. It's fast and extremely easy to get on and would be easy for my better half to locate me from her smart phone when she starts to worry. How does one register to a site like that?
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:46 AM
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One way is to go to "aprs.fi" (type this in the browser). On the upper right, you'll see call sign - type in whatever call sign you've programmed into the transmitter and that should do it.

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I do as Don suggested. I give people the URL from aprs.fi

Once you done the "search" for the identifier, the URL for the browser will look like this ...
http://aprs.fi/#!call=a%2identif...3600&tail=3600

If you want to just type it in, the short form looks like this ...
http://aprs.fi/identifier

Here is an example ...
http://aprs.fi/N1IEK-8

Thes URLs are "live" so the are always show the most recent hour of beacons.
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:36 AM
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Sam you convinced me a while back. Taking the exam in two weeks and planning on Allen's unit when I'm issued a call sign. Even installed a switch in the panel already. One area is a little foggy though. Exactly how do you get your plane on a web site. I find Vlad's "Where" N666BK" the best APRS reporting site I've found unless you have a better one. It's fast and extremely easy to get on and would be easy for my better half to locate me from her smart phone when she starts to worry. How does one register to a site like that?
Tom, you don't have to register for www.aprs.fi, it tracks you whether you like it or not.

Here is the link to my track:

http://aprs.fi/#!call=a%2FN399SB&timerange=43200&tail=43200

Just substitute your call sign for the "N399SB" in the above link and anyone can follow you by loading that link. My link is set to show the last twelve hours of beacons. That is long enough to show the entire day of flying.

She will like this site!
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:07 AM
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Thanks Sam Glen and Dan. You know this whole system seems to good to be true ! I would think everyone would want one.
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