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DRAX

Rank II

Enthusiast II

366
Monticello, IL
First Name
Hogan
Last Name
Whittall
Ham Callsign
W9DRX
Seems like I have one of the more simple setups. My Yaesu FTM-400XDR has a built-in GPS and TNC with full APRS support, the only trick has been initial testing with sending and receiving SMS messages, everything else was straight forward. About the only thing I've done with APRS outside of my radio is check aprs.fi to make sure my beacons are working. It's also handy to allow friends/family to follow our progress on trips.
 

ChadHahn

Rank I

Contributor III

184
Tucson, AZ
First Name
Chad
Last Name
Hahn
Ham Callsign
KC0POB
That's one of the reasons I got my Kenwood TM-D710GA. I showed how to follow my route on aprs.fi so when I'm out people can see where I am. And when I get to my campsite or if something goes wrong being able to send a quick message is nice.

I also have a Icom ID-51 that I recently figured out has a TNC. I knew it had GPS but it's easy to get my location transmitting on it.
 

Boort

Rank V
Member

Advocate II

2,522
Colorado
Member #

9314

Found my son's old Android and got it charged but found APRSDroid costs money. Not worried about the $5 to pay for it but not about to give the play store my credit card since we are all Apple users... Wonder if I could pay the creator directly and get a "redemption code" that is good on the play store???
As for not giving Google your creditcard. A quick trip to the local supermarket and you can pick up a $10 Google Play gift card. Pay cash and load that to your account.

In my research you can sideload the APRSDroid APK directly from the creator I agree that I would rather an option to donate on his site. Here is what I saw on the site:
"If you really like APRSdroid, you can support the author by buying the Google Play version. You will get automatic updates and a good feeling.​
You can also get the sources and follow the compilation instructions.​
It is also possible to download the APK for manual installation."​
Sideloading is a bit different on each phone but usually means finding an option under the phone's settings to allow installation from "Unknown sources" usually buried in the settings/Security menus.
One bonus of sideloading over the Google Play option is that you can choose the OfflineMaps Build then obtain and install a map for your area and not need constant net connection.

Boort
 

ChadHahn

Rank I

Contributor III

184
Tucson, AZ
First Name
Chad
Last Name
Hahn
Ham Callsign
KC0POB
I have something like Disk Commander on my droid and I load the apk on the external sd card and then through Disk Commander (or what ever it's called) I click on the program and it asks if I want to install it.
 

Prerunner1982

US Southwest Region Member Rep
Member

Traveler III

2,902
Navina, Oklahoma
First Name
Jon
Last Name
B
Member #

16274