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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by The Traveler, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Feb 10, 2017 at 3:41 PM
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    Are you familiar with or have any experiences with the Mobilnkd BlueTooth TNC and their supporting APP? The way I see it as I'm trying to finally put APRS into my junk. Is that the User Interface from the APP when paired with my GPS enabled Tablet will be more intuitive and will make it easier to use what APRS has to offer. I think the ultimate combo would be the 100DR or the V71 paired with the Mobilnkd TNC.
     
  2. Feb 10, 2017 at 3:54 PM
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    I have been running a roof mounted antenna since mid 2009 with zero problems with either a 19" 1/4 wave or a 49" 5/8 wave antenna depending on the terrain or region.

    antenna mount and style that's needed:
    https://www.amazon.com/Browning-WSP...UTF8&qid=1486770497&sr=1-2&keywords=nmo+mount

    1/4 wave antenna
    https://www.amazon.com/Larsen-450-4...86770457&sr=1-3-fkmr0&keywords=144mz+1/4+wave

    5/8 wave antenna
    https://www.amazon.com/Larsen-144-174-Field-Tunable-Antenna/dp/B007JSDJZO
     
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  3. Feb 10, 2017 at 4:27 PM
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    I have dual band radio and run Larsen NMO 2/70b. It's 1/2ƛ on 2M and 5/8ƛ x2 on 440. Outstanding antenna!

    Anything Pulse/Larsen is going to be great quality.

    welcome. yeah, you got it.

    There is a path using TM-V71A + Mobilinkd + APRSDroid + data cable, see over here :)

    I have not found a way to do it with the FTM100DR and Android tablet without a serial to Bluetooth adapter. I will look at this again to see if I've overlooked something, but for now I don't see a way.

    I do occasionally use APRSDroid using internet, and it works very well.

    :)


     
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    may need one of these for the bluetooth

    http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-011613
     
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  5. Feb 10, 2017 at 7:18 PM
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    Thanks for looking out.

    That piece of hardware is for handsfree operation of radio, like a headset. While it is Bluetooth, it's limited in what can do unfortunately. It would have been bitchin if it could do more, yaesu would have to redesign, I think.

    I'm thinking I need a Bluetooth to serial adapter, which supports SPP.

    https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/bluetooth-basics/bluetooth-profiles

    Example

    http://www.usconverters.com/serial-bluetooth-adapter
     
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    Okay looked at the ftm100DR again with purpose of integrating with APRSDroid.

    The radio ships with a data cable that yaesu provides in the box. It's a proprietary 10-pin mini-din to USB! A Windows computer recognizes the cable as a serial port because the cable has in integrated USB to serial controller. Cable not helpful for Android tablet, I will note that USB to micro USB cables exist, but that doesn't mean it going to work.

    So going the old school serial route...

    Yaesu does make a 10-mini din to db9 serial cable for $50

    Yaesu part number Ct-165

    That combined with a rs232 serial to Bluetooth device $70

    https://www.iogear.com/product/GBC232A

    Should work.

    So as you can see, kind of expensive; a kludge
     
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    https://store.mobilinkd.com/collections/tnc-cables/products/minidin-6-tnc-connector
    IMG_20151122_110359_1024x1024.jpg

    https://store.mobilinkd.com/collections/tnc-cables
     
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    Hey all!

    K7DNS here checking in. I just got my Yaesu FT-7900 installed recently and am enjoying the Seattle chatter... Any other ham's in the Seattle area on here?
     
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    Thanks.

    Yaesu makes a cable that adapts from 10 pin mini-din to 6pin mini-din

    Part CT-164 , $25

    Then it would be possible to connect to mobilinkd cable you posted. That might work.

    Can't find anybody who's done it though.

    Thanks. If I find a way I'll post up.
     
  13. Feb 11, 2017 at 4:30 PM
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    If you have a gps enabled tablet or phone though is it worth a $25-70 cable for the 100dr? SSeems like your better off with the dual receive v71

    I'm an apple guy so I don't have a droid friendly tablet - but it looks like you can pick one up for less then $100 with gps - if you already have a droid tablet or phone then it's a mute point- then you just need the mobilinkd for $65

    So you can get the 100dr and the v71 for about the same price - if you already have a droid tablet then $65 for the mobilinkd and your good to go with aprs and dual recieve on the v71

    With the 100dr you are spending the same money but only getting a single recieve....

    I think I'm gonna go v71 and then pick up a droid friendly tablet and mobilinkd when I'm ready to go aprs
     
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    Newbie ham here. I've been looking at the 100dr compared to a normal analog radio (like the ftm3100r) and I *think* I'm going to go a similar route. I installed an Android head unit and have loaded APRSdroid on it - can use it with a hot spot or just use my phone for APRS.

    Is there a benefit to routing the APRS data through the radio? Why not just use the tablet/phone as a stand-alone and negate the need for dual receive - unless I missed that part :)
     
  15. Feb 20, 2017 at 9:26 AM
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    The phone driven APRS won't work if you don't have service.
     
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    :rofl: right. Yep, that's what I was missing!
     
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    Not sure your comment was directed at me. I'll answer anyway.

    I took the 100DR I have and have relegated it to UHF base station work. I had a vision of using it for dedicated APRS on trips, but I don't think that's gonna ever happen.

    Re: Apple. Apple has deliberately crippled their devices by choosing to not support Bluetooth SPP. Kind of sad if you ask me. You can read up on that if you want.

    For visual mapping solution, APRSDroid on a droid is a fast/easy way to go.
     
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    Full setup on its way from Gigaparts. Kenwood tm-v71a, lip mount for hood and 40" antenna. Going to be paired with my Garmin Montana for APRS. Thanks for all the helpful comments in here - will follow up with my call sign and pics in a couple weeks!
     
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    Looking forward to seeing your I stall!
     

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