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Now I really want an aprs handheld...

Does anyone have any recommendations for cheap options?

This is before I go butcher a spare baofeng, and gaffa tape a raspberry pi zero to it...

@M0YNG Isn't that really the best thing to do with a Baofeng? hi hi

@filkerdave well, maybe... But i suspect that a zero + GPS + sound card + screen + controls MIGHT be as expensive as a ready made radio...

@M0YNG FT-1XDE is a really good device, even though I'm not aware of cheaper options. Just make sure to get the X version with improved GPS. The touch screen version seems to not have a good battery life, which should also be considered.

My FT-1XDE finds GPS in three seconds and battery is good enough to do smart beaconing all the time at the Ham Radio, so people always knew in which hall I could be found.

@DC7IA @M0YNG
I'm pretty satisfied with FT2DE, even though it's quite pricey. Battery life is satisfying (one day without too much issues), but one would assume that touch screen == easy to use - turns out Yaesu can make it really uncomfortable in different places. You get used to it after a while and it's quick to do stuff, but then you use a different radio and it feels so much easier, even with a bunch of knobs instead of a touch screen.

@DC7IA @M0YNG And yeah, it needs some time to get the GPS fix. Definitely not instant

@M0YNG To be honest I am really surprised there aren't any reasonably priced radios with analog-only 2m/70cm bands. I mean, it's a simple protocol that you can implement on an Arduino + a custom board. GPS receivers are dirt cheap. I really don't get it.

@M0YNG Looks neat, even if still kinda pricey compared to Baofeng's offerings. But no doubt better quality.

I was slowly looking for a DMR radio. This is now on the list of the ones I am considering 😀 and until now the list had only Baofeng DM-1801...

@sp6mr @M0YNG I have the Radioddity GD-77 and it delivers 5w on high power, it is pretty decent. It does not have APRS but it is DMR Tier II. The firmware is under heavy development i think. I upgraded it 2 days ago and it now features VFO operation.

@santiago @sp6mr interesting looking radio. I wonder if the firmware will get aprs at some point.

@M0YNG @sp6mr i keep thinking i might get one of these, just to see what DMR is all about..

@sergio_101 @sp6mr I did! Seems fun so far. I used it with a hot-spot recently when I was out of range of analogue repeaters, and they were accessible via dmr.

@sergio_101 @M0YNG It's pretty fun. Way more complicated than YSF for example, but also seems more popular + with Baofeng 1801 it's dirt cheap. Of course Baofeng's quality isn't too good, but if you're close to the repeater or have a hotspot, then it shouldn't be an issue

@M0YNG is the belt clip holding the RPi in place?

@santiago eh, not really. It's loose, but I guess technically it is.

@M0YNG I really like my Kenwood TH-D72A, but even with the 74A coming out the price hasn't dropped that much. For cheap DIY might be the way to go. I think the only thing you'll be missing with Baofeng+RPi is GPS but that's a quick fix.
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