Got going with https://learn.adafruit.com/getting-started-with-rtl-sdr-and-sdr-sharp/cubicsdr-for-mac-os the other night, #cubicsdr works pretty well for starters.
...although this suggests a cheap radio doesn't receive #aprs well https://davidmandrell.net/2017/09/aprs-with-a-baofeng-uv-5r-radio/
Even more detailed instructions... https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/aprs-droid-trouble.560330/
Still trying to experment before buying any new radios. I know I could get a cheap Baofeng and cable to a phone with vox, but sounds sketchier from what I read.
Okay, so I dove into reading about #APRS. There's a hole in digipeaters/igates in my area (MN USA).
I thought that there was a whole FCC system of getting your repeater approved for a specific location, but there's also a lot of how-to online without legal advice.
Is this because digipeaters count as APRS devices and have my call sign attached, or does the law allow APRS digipeaters as long as I don't interfere/accept interference, etc.?
So, I have not decided to run my own Mastodon instance, but I am writing a script that I hope should help install it the heck of a lot faster. It has at least one bug in it that I can tell and it appears to be a pretty major one. But, so far so good. I'm following the installation guide step by step in the script and I even have sleep timers and explanations of what's going on popping on screen. #foss #selfhosted. Also, I have no idea how to use GitHub or Gitlab but I would like to publish it
LoRa Repeater | Dave Akerman https://prismo.xyz/posts/cacddf45-fc66-415c-83a4-3a80213d23ff
I also have to admit that I have no idea what I'm doing, but this all _seems_ feasible.
This is a secondary account for me, but I'll try to post radio-related adventures here. Operating from Minnesota, USA with (still) a Technician license while I study for General. Happy to be here!
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