If you’ve been researching how to build an APRS iGate, surely you’ve seen quite a few articles on setting up a Raspberry PI or other Linux-based solution. But what if you don’t have a Raspberry PI laying around? What if you’re not a Linux geek? Well, this is your simple Windows-based solution. I’ll first provide the parts list and then get into the details.
|Base Station Antenna and Cabling
|For receiving APRS audio
|Local HAM shop, Home Depot, Internet
|RTL-SDR USB Dongle
|For connecting the antenna to the computer
|Your software defined
Below is a video demonstration of a fully mobile digital ham radio setup that can be operated anywhere within range of Wi-Fi or cellular networks. With this setup I can connect to any Wires-X room in the entire world. I can be indoors working plugged into AC and WiFi or fully portable using battery power and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The laptop is handy for quickly finding and switching to rooms, but so long as you have a nearby Wires-X or System Fusion repeater connected to the Internet you could work with just the handheld radio.
Parts to buy:
- A radio