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Old 11-28-2014, 01:38 PM
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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
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Old 11-28-2014, 01:49 PM
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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??
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Old 11-28-2014, 01:54 PM
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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.
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Old 11-28-2014, 02:11 PM
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Obviously I need some education here----------APARS is for position reporting isnt it???

What does that have to do with text messages?
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Old 11-28-2014, 02:37 PM
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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...
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Old 11-28-2014, 02:43 PM
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it can also hone in on the ubiquitous Russian for in-air meet-ups
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Old 11-28-2014, 03:02 PM
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it can also hone in on the ubiquitous Russian
The Russian is ubiquitous

We are all doomed....................
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Old 11-28-2014, 03:44 PM
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The Russian is ubiquitous
Ubiquitous: appearing, or found everywhere.

Pretty much sums it up
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Old 11-28-2014, 07:38 PM
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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.
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Old 11-29-2014, 01:13 AM
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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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