[OZAPRS] Remote digi/igate

Norm McMillan vk3xci at gmail.com
Tue Dec 17 17:10:38 AEDT 2019

Does look interesting! I cant find a lot of info. How do you get to 4g
network I wonder?
Anyone have one?

norm vk3xci

On Tue, Dec 17, 2019 at 4:24 PM Joseph Burford <joseph at burford.me> wrote:

> 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 :-)
> Cheers,
> Joseph
> 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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