[OZAPRS] Remote digi/igate

Joseph Burford joseph at burford.me
Tue Dec 17 16:24:23 AEDT 2019

I've been wondering if something like the X1C5 Pro
<https://www.venus-itech.com/product/x1c5-pro/> might be an option for an
iGate + fill-in digi.

Not that much more expensive than a PI + bits + SDR, although it depends on
what you already have in the junk box :-)



On Tue, Dec 17, 2019 at 8:57 AM Norm McMillan <vk3xci at gmail.com> wrote:

> Bit of a fork from the previous thread
> While Grey Nomading it through the Centre, Kimberly and Gulf Country, I
> had plenty of time to think about this. A lot of it was "pie in the sky"
> dreaming, but I did actually lash up some hardware.
> RPi 3B (It's what I had!), xastir
> Boefang Handheld (IWIH)
> OpenTracker running as a Kiss TNC ,,,
> 3G modem Dongle.
> 12V 7AH battery, converted Car USB charger (2 Amps)
> 10 Watts of solar.
> Put it upon  the 'van at a number of places while we toured in the ute.
> iGate worked a treat except the power budget was negative. Lasted three
> days before the rig died of power failure. The effective range of the iGate
> was an order o magnitude better than the digi. 50W v 5W. Never heard or saw
> another station digi either. Turned off transmit, power budget marginally
> positive, a bad day would wreck it!
> By the time we started down the Queensland coast we had APRS coverage,
> 'tho' still a few holes.
> Played more at home.
> RPi3B (waiting for my Zero)
> SDR dongle
> 3G modem Dongle
> pre-built image.
> I have it running off a 5V bench supply atm, so I can monitor current etc.
> Sure, it's rx only, but "if a tree falls in the forest.... etc" For vast
> streches of the Outback, a digi or messaging is a waste of time, money,
> equipment and precious power.
> Xmas has intervened so the project is on hold 'till new year.
> More as it happens
> norm vk3xci
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