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APRN beacon go-kit, VX-6R

APRN beacon

This project was originally developed by KI6TSF for the May 2010 Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA for an APRN (SSTV-enabled APRS) demo at the amateur radio booth.  This kit has since been disassembled and repurposed.

Case: B&W International model Type 5

Argent Data OpenTracker+ (OT1+), USGlobalSat BR-355 GPS module, Yaesu VX-6R, Red-Dee-2 Connect PS-4. Items are mounted with cable ties to a 1/4" thick plastic sheet. Plastic sheet is then attached to case with Velcro Extreme strips. This setup was used in conjuction with a Kenwood VC-H1 SSTV camera for the APRN demo at the 2010 Maker Faire.

The Yaesu VX-6R can be powered solely off of external 12 volt source without any battery installed - no damage observed ... yet! Make sure that supply voltage never drops below 8 or 9 volts, else HT and OT1+ will go into transmit spasm (as observed with a partially discharged 1.2 Ah SLA battery as shown here).

Close-up view of case internals: