Serving amateur radio operators and
providing emergency communications for Atikokan and area
All material copyright © Atikokan Amateur Radio Club
Snail mail: P.O. Box 2106, Atikokan, Ontario P0T 1C0
By Warren Paulson, VE3FYN
This article will show you one way to setup a computer -
For this approach, you will need a computer with a sound card, a two metre radio, and a few spare parts you should be able to find in your junk box. Some are optional, but will improve your signal quality. You’ll also need to download some software.
Any Windows computer will do, if it has a working sound card. If this is going to be a permanent setup, you should consider a second sound card dedicated to APRS. This will reduce the number of times you have to fiddle with the settings, and ensure that various Windows sounds don’t get broadcast. USB soundcards can be had for as little as $11.
Do not use an expensive radio. It will only be operating on one frequency (144.390
Mhz) anyway, and will not be using all the fancy features of most amateur rigs. A
At the very least, you will need an N-
Of course, you’ll need software to make this all work. That will be detailed later,
but we’ll use AGWpe to interface between the computer and the radio, and AGWtracker
as our APRS program. UI-