[amsat-bb] A frugal approach to portable space APRS ops

Robert Switzer rs2atmink at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 23 10:55:29 UTC 2016

I use the mobilinkd tnc, and aprsdroid, on a motorola phone purchased (and not activated) for $10 (including shipping).  Works great and I've used it with an elk (and in my case the UV-5R) to work ISS passes. Combined with a homebrew antenna, I assert it's the cheapest possible APRS sat setup :)

    On Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:02 AM, Peter Laws <plaws0 at gmail.com> wrote:

 On Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 10:24 PM, Fernando Ramirez
<framirezferrer at gmail.com> wrote:
> Besides the radio, the rest of the setup can be a budget friendly alternative to $500+ APRS-ready equipment. The Mobillinkd TNC, plus cables, can be obtained for less than $100 dollars. I prefer the Icom transceiver due to local RF sources that overwhelm the front end of cheap Chinese handheld radios. I am positive that better handheld devices will work just fine. The TNC is connected to the radio via the audio or data port and connects to the Android device via Bluetooth. The 2820h uses a DIN6 connector cable, compatible with other radios such as the Yaesu FT-817 and 857.

I have an iPhone (and an iPad) and saw what Mobillinkd said on their
page about iOS, but a quick run through Amazon shows MANY Android
tablets, with Bluetooth, for well under $100.  Even under $50.

You mentioned AGWPE and UISS - those don't run on Android, do they?

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