[OZAPRS] Australian requirements
davhop at bigpond.net.au
Thu Aug 9 08:21:47 EST 2007
My earlier posting caused a flurry of activity on the group but
I think it got a little of the intended track.
From some of the comments I gleamed the following.
If you have a four wheel drive and go out in the sticks there is no
alternative but to use HF. No Argument!
However 99% of the APRS users in this country only travel in the city
with short trips into the surrounding countryside and very occasional
travel between capital cities on established highways.
I doubt if anyone would want to use HF in these situations. Imagine
the traffic on the channel at 300 baud.
So back to the original intention of the posting.
How do we get equipment to use that is small, efficient and reasonable
Someone suggested the $99 transceivers available locally and made in
China. Good idea however it becomes a bit unwieldy hanging wires out
the back and adding external circuitry to make it all work. While
this is a quick fix I would like to think we could do better.
As an example consider the family car (not a 4X4). If one had a small
box that contained a custom designed single channel receiver and
transmitter with an aerial connection, a GPS input and a DC input.
This could be mounted in the boot and the only tell tail signs that
the installation existed would be the whip antenna. If this was
mounted on the windscreen glass it would be disguised for a mobile
phone setup. The GPS can be placed on the parcel shelf behind the
back seat and covered with a hat.
The radio would be powered up only when the ignition is turned on.
I see this having several advantages. You don't have to worry about
turning it on and off and therefore no flat batteries when you least
If the car is stolen you can watch it being driven away and the thief
won't know its being tracked.
The above would be a argument for an Australian design project to get
more people involved in the hobby.
What do others think?
What specifications would be required?
Once we got something like this nutted out we could look at
increasing the repeater coverage. Possibly using a version of the car
David G. Hopkins (Vk4ZF)
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