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I believe telemetry and data can be used on MURS, just limited to 2W. So, I was wondering what is required to get started on a stand-alone home tracking APRS setup, without requiring to log on the internet or use ham internet sites, etc, just for the stuff around my property? What kind of radio do I need to make this happen? Can a portable work?, or do I need a particular mobile? Could the EVX-5300/5400 do it? well, provided I run a 10dB attenuator on the TX side of the radio (to keep ERP power within legal 2W limits) 

 

Thanks.

 

G.

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The only company that I know of which still offers a "standalone" GPS for analog emissions is IDA company - www.idaco.com   The stuff works, but it's not a 'cheap' solution.

 

I'd also tell you that if you're heading in that direction - why limit yourself to MURS?  Get a real part 90 license & go for something with some legs. No sense spending for a self contained GPS solution that's only good for a mile or two, and have to deal with trying to integrate it with MURS limited equipment (your EVX radios are still not MURS legal if you're running something with a detachable external antenna - which you'd pretty much need in order to throttle it down to 2 watts.)

 

There used to be a few companies that made a WiFi based GPS solution, where the vehicle would have a GPS antenna & receiver that would collect tracking information throughout the day, and whenever the vehicle returned within the range of the Home Base/Transport Garage - the WiFi would connect & download that day's info.  Not exactly real time, but it did the trick for History Logging. It would also work within a few hundred foot radius if you got the WiFi access point up high enough. Not sure if you could make something like that into a real-time tracking setup, or if there's anyone still making that. I haven't seen anyone trying to re-sell any old turn-key systems via Ebay or anything.

 

There's a few units offered for sale that plug directly into a vehicle's OBD-II port & work through Cellular data at a fairly low monthly cost.

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Hey thanks, certainly a lot of stuff available from that company.

 

I was thinking more of a TNC hooked up to a soundcard or something like that, rather than a full commercial solution.

 

Have considered getting an LMR license too... and that is certainly a possibility. And if going that route I know Motorola has an asset tracking solution with their MotoTRBO stuff...

 

G.

 

The only company that I know of which still offers a "standalone" GPS for analog emissions is IDA company - www.idaco.com   The stuff works, but it's not a 'cheap' solution.

 

I'd also tell you that if you're heading in that direction - why limit yourself to MURS?  Get a real part 90 license & go for something with some legs. No sense spending for a self contained GPS solution that's only good for a mile or two, and have to deal with trying to integrate it with MURS limited equipment (your EVX radios are still not MURS legal if you're running something with a detachable external antenna - which you'd pretty much need in order to throttle it down to 2 watts.)

 

There used to be a few companies that made a WiFi based GPS solution, where the vehicle would have a GPS antenna & receiver that would collect tracking information throughout the day, and whenever the vehicle returned within the range of the Home Base/Transport Garage - the WiFi would connect & download that day's info.  Not exactly real time, but it did the trick for History Logging. It would also work within a few hundred foot radius if you got the WiFi access point up high enough. Not sure if you could make something like that into a real-time tracking setup, or if there's anyone still making that. I haven't seen anyone trying to re-sell any old turn-key systems via Ebay or anything.

 

There's a few units offered for sale that plug directly into a vehicle's OBD-II port & work through Cellular data at a fairly low monthly cost.

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