“5 Minute” Portable APRS iGate

I recently did one of the few events being held and there was some APRS being used on the course. The area was not near any digipeaters that could pick up the average APRS tracker. I decided to see if I could hack together a quick APRS iGate I could take out in the field, connect to my Arrow II, and with a hotspot attempt to capture some beacons directly to APRS-IS for them. While they did get an APRS digipeater out in the field for the event, my iGate could still help to ensure the packets made it to APRS-IS for net control. I won’t mention how my setup location made aiming the Arrow II different than I expected; but I’m pretty sure at some point I got some packets out there.┬áThe setup itself is rather straightforward and took so little time I call it a “5 Minute” iGate. Most of this is due to the fact the Kenwood TH-D74A has a built-in KISS TNC.

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