New to APRS or new APRS gear?

REDONE

[s]hard[/s]MEDIUM Core!
#1
Hey all! With my other Jeep/Overland group forums I play "Where's REDONE?" whenever I take a trip. Part of this is to introduce others to the magic that is APRS by following along on aprs.fi, but it's also a chance for others to try out their APRS setup if they (or their gear) are new before they use it on an adventure.

Thursday (Mar.22) I'll be headed over the mountains from Lakewood to Fruita, driving from 8ish to noonish. Friday (Mar.23) I'll drive from Fruita to SLC, also from 8ish to noonish.

Sunday I'll be coming back from SLC to Lakewood, but depending on how the weekend goes I may or may not turn on the radios.

If you're APRS-curious then during those mornings, you can go to aprs.fi (it's a website built on google maps), type in my callsign (KE0LSU, that's a zero, not the letter "O"), and it should show you on the map where I last sent a packet, and also the info I include in the packet, like freq I'm monitoring and a little message.

If you're testing new gear, feel free to shoot me an APRS message (not email), and if I get it, I'll reply! Just let me know that you are from "ExPo".

I've got the kinks pretty well worked out of my gear, and haven't had issues with connection in Eastern Utah, or receiving and sending messages. If you've never messaged with your aprs gear, here's your invitation to try! I'll likely be behind the wheel Thursday, but making frequent stops due to toddler on board, when I'll be able to reply to messages.

73! :ylsmoke:
 

REDONE

[s]hard[/s]MEDIUM Core!
#3
Yes, that's the last time I had it all powered up.:sombrero:
Next Thursday I'll have it all hooked up again for the road trip.
 
#4
@REDONE Can you send messages from your ham radio to an email? I have a D710G and I can transmit my location but haven't figured out if I could message outside fo the HAM network.
 

DaveInDenver

Expedition Leader
#5
@REDONE Can you send messages from your ham radio to an email? I have a D710G and I can transmit my location but haven't figured out if I could message outside fo the HAM network.
Search, there's several references to the SMS and email gateways. If you can send regular APRS messages then getting them to and from text and email is fairly trivial but does takes a little bit of upfront work to get your call sign set up in the gateway servers.
 
#6
@REDONE Can you send messages from your ham radio to an email? I have a D710G and I can transmit my location but haven't figured out if I could message outside fo the HAM network.
I am not familiar with the D710G so I can't walk you through it step by step but the concept is the same.
Go to Msg, like you are going to send an APRS message to another ham also using APRS.
Instead of entering a callsign you enter EMAIL-2.
For the message you put the email first and then the message you want to send, be aware you can only have 67 characters including the email address. That's worse than twitter..... which you can also do via APRS. :rolleyes:
You can set up an alias for the email address (or cell # if sending SMS) so that you can have a few more characters for you message.
 
#7
I am not familiar with the D710G so I can't walk you through it step by step but the concept is the same.
Go to Msg, like you are going to send an APRS message to another ham also using APRS.
Instead of entering a callsign you enter EMAIL-2.
For the message you put the email first and then the message you want to send, be aware you can only have 67 characters including the email address. That's worse than twitter..... which you can also do via APRS. :rolleyes:
You can set up an alias for the email address (or cell # if sending SMS) so that you can have a few more characters for you message.

Thank you so much!! This was piece of the missing puzzle. I have been trying to figure this out for months.. between the manual, a number of training videos and this post, i finally got it to work!! The manual for some reason says to enter EMAIL and does not mention the -2. I wonder if the was an update in the APRS transmission policy after the manual was written?

Question. If I want to message back and forth with my wife. Can I have her reply to me from email/text using my call sign? Basically, can i message back and forth from my ham to cell/email with the same call sign from both ends?
 
#8
Thank you so much!! This was piece of the missing puzzle. I have been trying to figure this out for months.. between the manual, a number of training videos and this post, i finally got it to work!! The manual for some reason says to enter EMAIL and does not mention the -2. I wonder if the was an update in the APRS transmission policy after the manual was written?

Question. If I want to message back and forth with my wife. Can I have her reply to me from email/text using my call sign? Basically, can i message back and forth from my ham to cell/email with the same call sign from both ends?
Your wife could only reply to your APRS text if she has a license, since the reply would transmit over ham frequency. This post from last fall is quite informative regarding the APRS SMS options:
https://expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/sms-text-and-email-via-aprs-using-aprsdroid.187831/
 
#9
Thank you so much!! This was piece of the missing puzzle. I have been trying to figure this out for months.. between the manual, a number of training videos and this post, i finally got it to work!! The manual for some reason says to enter EMAIL and does not mention the -2. I wonder if the was an update in the APRS transmission policy after the manual was written?

Question. If I want to message back and forth with my wife. Can I have her reply to me from email/text using my call sign? Basically, can i message back and forth from my ham to cell/email with the same call sign from both ends?
EMAIL is another server but I like EMAIL-2 as it does allow the recipient to replay to your email and you receive it via APRS. It also allows the use of aliases and it will store messages for up to 24 hours so that you may retrieve them when you are able within the 24 hr time frame.

In order for someone to respond to your email/text they should be licensed as the message will be transmitted over RF, as 87Warrior stated.