Showing posts from May, 2020

Setting up APRS on the Raspberri Pi

Creating a APRS gateway with a Raspberry Pi is not easy. It requires several complex steps, and mistakes can be made. In this guide, I'll show you how to run Hamlib, Direwolf and XASTIR on a Raspberry Pi on the easiest possible way. A small sample of APRS signals around London, from APRS is big fun. Creating an igate/digipeater is not. Specially not on a Raspberry Pi. This step by step guide shows how to make Hamlib, Direwolf and XASTIR work together to send and receive APRS packets from your Pi. Even if you have no previous knowledge about Raspbian, copying and pasting the commands below will lead you to a successful installation and configuration. 1. Install a Real Time Clock source via USB There's plenty of in-depth tutorials on how to do this. Probably the best one, in my personal opinion, is the video that Julian OH8STN has on YouTube . If you get confused by these commands, go and take a look at his video. Open a terminal in your Raspberry Pi and type these comman

Making APRS work on the AnyTone AT-D878UV

APRS is super cool. For this post, I've prepared a step-by-step guide to show you how to make APRS and DPRS work for the 878. The 878 TX-ing APRS in the European frequency APRS is super cool and extremely fun. In full honesty, I think that Anytone missed an opportunity to create a DMR radio with full APRS capabilities  with the 878. However, you can still send APRS and DPRS packages using this radio, both over analog APRS and over DMR. It-s simpler than it looks, it you follow the instructions carefully. The first thing you need to do is to activate the APRS functions in the programming software. In case you are not familiar with the Anytone programming software, I strongly encourage you to visit my previous post , that will show you how to create a basic codeplug. Once in the programming software, go to the Tools menu and click on Options, like this: Then, a new window will pop. Make sure you select both APRS and GPS, as in the next image: Once select