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The next project is making a license plate mount for a HT ducky on my '96 Harley Davidson Sporty. I plan to run the D7A from the battery. I can put the D7A in the saddle bag and mount my eTrex or Digitraveler to the luggage rack on the rear fender. I still haven't come up with a mount for that yet. Want the whole system to be functional, yet not real visible or geek looking.

 

Jon KC9AXZ

www.kc9axz.com

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Just got a Garmin 276C and need to build a splice cable to my Kenwood TH-D7A from the Garmin speaker power cord. Should be able to be up in two weeks.

Mike Moore

N5RWH

Coded Tech

Houston area

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Mike,

 

I found the most challenging part of setting up APRS was building the cables. Not because of any intellectual challenge in matching signal lines, but just handling and joining many fine wires. I decided that in the future I will buy pre-made cables if available. They look better and are probably more reliable than what I cobbled together. But they do work pretty well once built. I use Magellan and ICOM with Tiny Trak and Tiger Trak since I don't have the Kenwood that supports APRS.

 

Good luck,

KE6WYG

Bob

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I found the most challenging part of setting up APRS was building the cables. Not because of any intellectual challenge in matching signal lines, but just handling and joining many fine wires.  I decided that in the future I will buy pre-made cables if available. They look better and are probably more reliable than what I cobbled together.  But they do work pretty well once built. I use Magellan and ICOM with Tiny Trak and Tiger Trak since I don't have the Kenwood that supports APRS.

<Shameless Plug> :lol:

 

If anyone is looking for good quality cables, decently priced. Check out my company RPC Electronics at http://www.rpc-electronics.com I specialize in Garmin interface cables, Kenwood D7/700 cables and radio cables for the Byonics TinyTrak III and N1VG OpenTracker.

 

I also offer custom application jobs. Please email me via the website for quotes.

 

<Non-Profit Plug> :)

 

For those who are not appliance operators and would'nt mind building somthing. I recommend the HamHUD II for APRS. I have been part of the HamHUD project for over 3 years now and I'm a big supporter of it. We currently are working on a new board design that will:

 

1. Have no parts that have to be attached to the main board via wire jumpers.

2. Corrections for errors on last board run.

3. Will slide into a Hammond extruded case for a rock solid unit.

4. Will be offered in a full kit.

 

Check out www.hamhud.net for some slighly old information, but still valid for the functionality of it. For more current info, please visit us at Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hamhud If you would like to be added to the group kit buy, please email me and I will add you to the master list located at http://www.ke4nyv.com/hh2revebuy.htm

 

Thanks!

Jason KE4NYV

RPC Electronics

www.rpc-electronics.com

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I'm looking at the Kenwood D7A(G) handheld for its APRS capabilities. The reviews seem to be all over the place. Has anyone had any experience with this handheld?

 

--Marky

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Yes,

It works well. It's easy to configure, easy to cable.

 

5 watts is enough on a 5/8 wave antenna to get to at least one Digi around here, but the interest in APRS is booming on this side of the state. (E-WA)

 

I haven't had a problem with updates even when just using the stock duck around town. I've had reports that folks can see me on Findu.com and usually not more than 5 minutes between updates at the worst.

 

Good audio, (Duh, it's Kenwood) Good APRS rig. You don't even have to have a GPSr attached to it to receive APRS packets. The LCD shows enough information to give you where the person is and their running status. The TNC built in to the D7AG is bi-directional. I have it hooked to my Rino 130 (NMEA in/out capable) and each ham running APRS that is received becomes a waypoint. The waypoints do move as the updates come in for moving APRS stations but don't delete so your Waypoint list fills up very quickly.

 

I'd recommend it - not as a cheap solution by any means, but a fine dual band radio nonetheless.

 

73,

 

OddTodd - K7PKT

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I stated above that we were working on a new HamHUD II kit. Well, the time has come and the kit is nearing completion! I state this in the below, but I will state again here...WE HAVE NO FINANCIAL STAKE IN THIS. We are selling these at cost to the buyers. The more that buy, the cheaper it will get because we can take advantage of bulk discounting on parts.

 

If interested, please read below...

 

----------------------------------------------------

 

The HamHUD Group has revised the HamHUD project and we're getting

ready to take kit orders.

 

Here is a rundown of the current project:

 

1. The NEW PCB contains ALL of the parts including the user interface

components.

2. The current design still requires a Kantronics KPC3, KPC3+ or any

TNC-2 clone. MFJ and AEA TNC's have been sucessfully tested for 100%

operation. The future hope is to add KISS support. THERE IS NO

TIMEFRAME ON THE KISS IMPLEMENTATION AT THIS TIME! Please keep that

in mind.

3. There has been a vast improvement to the hardware interface. The

single pin header has been replaced with a single DB15 connector that

can be mounted one of three ways to the board: On the back sticking

out, along the bottom edge of the board to stick straight down or on

the right side edge to stick out the right side end on the unit.

Along with the connector, several output/input options have been added

such as a +12VDC and +5VDC out for powering external GPS units. There

is also a ground pin for every signal pin, no more splitting up a

single ground for multiple hardware devices.

4. The new PCB has been sized to slide right into a custom 130mm

extruded Hammond case. The standard case is 120mm, we have worked out

a deal with Hammond to have these special 130mm cases made for this

project. The cases will be pre-milled with all required holes for UI,

LCD, LEDs and connectors. The cases are anodized black.

 

All other past functions of the original and second generation HamHUD

IIs are still part of this version.

 

Please visit http://www.hamhud.net/hh2 for full details of the HamHUD

II's functions. You can also download the user manual from that site.

 

The current construction manual can be found at http://www.pinzi.us/

Scratch/HH2RevE_Draft.pdf This manual will change as we revise it.

Version 1.0 of the manual will be posted soon.

 

As we have to order soon to have HamHUD2-RevE ready for Xmas (pcb can

take up to 7 weeks to get a good price) we will need a list of those

who want to buy one. The price depends on the quantity we are able to

buy as there are some good discounts at larger quantities.

 

To make kitting easier we will only provide the following options:

 

PCB only: $10

PCB + case + FRAM: $44/$39/$35

Complete kit $135/$110/$90

 

$xx/$yy/$zz is price for 25/50/100 kits total purchase. (All prices

plus shipping!). As there may be a mix the prices for the last two

positions may vary a bit.

Please keep in mind: if you have to order parts the complete kit is

most likely much cheaper then ordering small quantities of parts and

pay shipping.

 

If you want to participate in the group buy please email me, Jason at

jason@... to be added to the pre-orders list. See http://www.

ke4nyv.com/hh2revebuy.htm for further info.

 

PLEASE! We don't have any commercial stake into this adventure! ONLY

email me if you are willing to later pay for whatever you signed up

for. Be aware that we may end up with the 25 unit price if there isn't

enough interest for more. In case we get "late payments" and the

quantity is larger then anticipated the prices will naturally be

recalculated and any overpayment will be refunded.

 

I am personally offering to assemble units for those who would not

like to build the kit. I can also assemble custom interface cables

for your particular application ie. TNC/GPS/Power. if interested,

please email me for a quote to the above email address.

 

Thanks!

The HamHUD Team

 

Jason KE4NYV

www.ke4nyv.com

RPC Electronics

www.rpc-electronics.com

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Yes,

It works well. It's easy to configure, easy to cable.

 

...

 

I'd recommend it - not as a cheap solution by any means, but a fine dual band radio nonetheless.

 

73,

 

OddTodd - K7PKT

I got one on Friday and got it cabled up and tracking by Saturday morning. At first it wouldn't hit the Digi because of the default path of RELAY, WIDE which doesn't work anymore here in the S.F. Bay Area. I had it on WIDE2-2, but upon further reading, I found that is more for fixed stations. My current path is WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1 and that seems to be working fine. Hooking up to my Sportrak Color was easy and only required me to buy a 39 9 pin serial connector to solder onto the provided bare wire. I plug the standard Magellan GPS cable into that all is good. Took me a while to figure out that there is only one Magellen waypoint setting (6 chars), even though my STC allows 8 but that's not too big a deal.

 

http://map.findu.com/ki6azf

 

73, Marky KI6AZF

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