- 1 !! Radio Gear
- 1.1 Handhelds
- 1.2 Mobil Radios
- 1.3 Programming Software for Radios
- 1.4 Software Defined Radios
- 1.5 GPS units
- 1.6 APRS Gear
- 1.7 RDF Transmitters
- 1.8 Misc Devices, Cables, and Adapters
- 1.9 Moving Map SW
- 1.10 Articles
This page is here to collect some notes about useful collections of comms gear that come in handy for various projects.
Arguably the most useful radios are handheld radios. They range in quality and price. Generally the lower quality radios while usable are missing some of the nicer features like better front end filtering and companders for the audio. These things matter more in very RF busy areas like large cities. The inexpensive brands roughly in order of cost are: Baofeng, Hytera, Wouxun, and Alinco. The higher quality and more expensive brands are Yaesu, Icom, and Kenwood.
- UV-3R Plus
These seem to be built a bit more rugged than the Baofengs but cost about double.
- KG-UV3D dual-band handheld
- DJ-S11T ??
- Dj-s41: http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/2917
- VX-8G VX-8GE VX-8GR 2m/440 MHz GPS transceiver Discontinued? Became FT-1DR -> FT1XDR ?
- THD-72 H
Trail Friendly Radios
Not exactly sure what makes a trail friendly radio or TFR but probably light weight and long battery life are a couple of features. :-) Another hiking term is Summits On The Air (SOTA)
- Elecraft KX3: http://www.elecraft.com/KX3/kx3.htm
- Yaesu FT-1DR: http://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=111&encProdID=25F65DA12CA1FCB444A927CD14417BFD
- Yaesu FT1XDR: http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0111.html
- Upgrade the belt clip to the BC-102 clip from Batteries America. http://www.batteriesamerica.com/yaesu-vertex.htm
Programming Software for Radios
Most of the time you can program a radio via the keypad but it can become tedious for lots of changes. Here are a couple of SW packages for programming your Radio:
Software Defined Radios
- RTL-SDR: http://www.rtl-sdr.com/
Here are some suggestions as to what type of external GPS units to pick up. Most will go for a USB puck or mouse GPS. The chipsets are somewhat standardized with different levels of performance. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SiRF
- ADS-GM1 GPS receiver
The Automatic Packet Reporting System is a great way to provide situational awareness for outdoor activities, including telemetry and other data.
- Mobilinkd_writeupCLEMENT.PDF: Mobilinkd TNC writeup
- Byonics TinyTraks
- Argent data systems - OpenTracker USB: https://www.argentdata.com/products/otusb.html
- AVR-Tracker: http://www.dh3wr.de/amateurfunk/aprs_tracker/index_en.html(Newerversion)
- WhereAVR: http://garydion.com/projects/whereavr/ (Older version)
- 2 meter BLGPS: http://www.bigredbee.com/blgps_2mhp.htm
- FoxDelta Projects
- AP510: http://www.radioddity.com/us/sainsonic-ap510-aprs-tracker.html
- AVRT6: http://www.radioddity.com/us/avrt6-mobile-igate-rf-gprs-dual-mode-aprs-tracker-bluetooth-aprsdroid.html
- AVRT7: http://www.radioddity.com/us/avrt7-aprs-tracker-igate-dual-decoder-built-in-vhf-module-dhcp-7v-12v-aprsdroid.html
- Direwolf: https://github.com/wb2osz/direwolf
- Multimon-NG: http://tools.kali.org/wireless-attacks/multimon-ng
- FLDigi: http://www.w1hkj.com/
A good backup plan for finding your lost device, is to use a low duty cycle transmitter with long battery life, for radio direction finding (RDF).
Misc Devices, Cables, and Adapters
- Radio Programming Cables
- Six in One Cable: http://www.ebay.com/itm/190839187766
- Eight in One Cable: http://alexnld.com/product/8-in-1-usb-programming-cable-for-motorola-kenwood-baofeng-radios-mobile-radios/
- Baofeng / Kenwood extension cables
- Search terms:
- Extension Cable for (Kenwood OR Baofeng)
- 2 pin headset for Baofeng
- Yaesu extension cables
- Search terms:
- Yaesu headset
- 1 pin Baofeng headset
- PC extension cables:
- Serial Converters
- Other Cables
Moving Map SW
- Xastir: http://xastir.org/
- X-APRS: http://www.winaprs.com/xaprs.html (older)
- APRSDroid: https://aprsdroid.org/
- Get APRSdroid for free from the developer website (not the App store), and find the version that uses off-line OSM maps rather than Google maps.
- Find a good map theme that enhances roads and trails.
- U2APRS: http://www.qsl.net/ja7ude/SmartPhone/u2aprs/indexe.html (Older)
- APRSISCE/32: http://aprsisce.wikidot.com/ (Runs under wine)
-- Main.ClifCox - 17 Oct 2016