here’s a picture of my mobile APRS setup in the Jeep. it’s been a fun project from time to time. eventually, i plan on constructing a 2m vertical antenna to throw on the roof for better satellite reception while being mobile. i’m currently using a high-gain Comet mag-mount which is an excellent antenna. i was actually able to get out over 20 miles the other night on 146.52 with K5YLE using only 5 watts on the FT-60. for satellite reception, i’ll have to do a custom design.
the setup uses the FT-60R packet cable design into my Gentoo Linux laptop (Samsung N210) running soundmodem and Xastir.
none other than. yesterday, i attempted to record some very weak signals for the amateur satellite, ECHO AO-51, with my trusty Yaesu VX-3R. most of my attempts had been unsuccessful until i bought an additional Nagoya N-771 antenna to accompany the tiny 2m/70cm dual band radio. however, i have intercepted the signals from the low-earth orbiting satellite now on three separate occasions. the recording is definitely the weakest of the signals though due to a very low elevation in this particular pass and the interference created by the computer itself. hopefully, i’ll have a better one before long.