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gps receiver + ham radio - do they exist?

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sounds like it would be the ultimate survivor/wilderness tool, a gps receiver and ham radio built into one. does anyone know if such a thing exists?

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No, a combination GPS and ham radio in one box doesn't really exist. There are ham radios that come ready for packet radio, where you connect the radio to your PC and send digital transmissions, but that's not what you're asking for here.

 

Garmin has supposedly licensed the Palm OS, and will likely come out with a GPS with a Palm computer sometime in the next year or so. There are already cell phones, like the Qualcom, with Palms and other PDAs built-into them. At the moment, that's about as close as it gets. We can dream...

 

Anton

 

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sounds like it would be the ultimate survivor/wilderness tool, a gps receiver and ham radio built into one. does anyone know if such a thing exists?


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I thought I posted this before, but it looks like it didn't work:

 

 

Garmin is supposedly coming out with a combo GPS FRS/GMRS radio. It has the ability to transmit your current position to other users of the same device. I'm not sure if it will actually come out though because as I inderstand it, it's illegal to send data via FRS.

 

 

it would be very cool if they were using APRS (maybe mic-e) protocols - that would make it so anyone with a receiver and a computer could map positions, and would also bring APRS more mainstream as GMRS users pick it up.

 

 

anyone know more about this?

 

 

-adam

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You can hook them up with a cable, you know.

I like the TM-D700A mobile and the D7A handheld.

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I'm not sure if it will actually come out though because as I inderstand it, it's illegal to send data via FRS.

 

Why is that illegal? I don't doubt if it is or not, just can't think up a good reason for it. Maybe the FCC doesn't need a good reason?

 

The Rino looks very appealing... I keep loosing my dog at the dogpark. Maybe I could ductape one onto her.... wonder if has a "transmit location every 30 seconds" option?

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The Rino looks very appealing... I keep loosing my dog at the dogpark. Maybe I could ductape one onto her.... wonder if has a "transmit location every 30 seconds" option?


 

Yeah or maybe the wife. hihi

 

 

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Anything that is radio.

Yes, GPS is radio.

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I spoke with Garmin some time back when the Rino was first on the drawing board. I asked them if they planned to create a version for the 440MHz band (70cm) since the frequencies are close to the FRS band and would require very little changes in design. They informed me that they were indeed working with a group of Amatuers with that possibility in mind. One of the Hams as I am informed by a reliable source is indeed The man of The Hour, Bob (Can't spell his last name if I tried) WB4APR(s) (The Godfather of APRS)

 

I have not checked recently to confirm anything, but at least that sheds some possibility.

 

Randall J. Berry

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I spoke with Garmin some time back when the Rino was first on the drawing board. I asked them if they planned to create a version for the 440MHz band (70cm). They informed me that they were indeed working with a group of Amatuers with that possibility in mind.


 

Friend and I was talking about how nice it would be if amateur HT's had this feature. We are into APRS and this feature would be a lot of fun in the field. I'm suprise Icom, Kenwood and Yaesu hasn't jumped on this.

 

Steve

 

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I'm not sure if it will actually come out though because as I inderstand it, it's illegal to send data via FRS.

 

Why is that illegal? I don't doubt if it is or not, just can't think up a good reason for it. Maybe the FCC doesn't need a good reason?

 

The Rino looks very appealing... I keep loosing my dog at the dogpark. Maybe I could ductape one onto her.... wonder if has a "transmit location every 30 seconds" option?


 

FRS is defined to be "VOICE ONLY". The reason has to do with the intent of the band, which is, after all, "FAMILY" radio service. Voice-only and low-power are meant to keep the band from being attractive to anyone else.

 

Garmin went to the FCC and asked them to change the rules. The FCC proposed the rule change way back in the winter, but, as far as we can tell checking the federal register, they never actually got around to it.

 

The FCC proposed change is very limited, allowing only the digital transmission of location information.

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This is a copy from "what do you use?"

 

posted August 13, 2002 10:54 PM

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My Unit

 

I got one of those Radio Shack portable CB's. It sure goes thru the batteries! I almost bought a GPS transceiver at a ham swap meet. It was a 100 watt job, but it only worked in CW mode. I don't know code yet, so I had to pass it up.

 

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