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While it does not match the range, flexibility, and capabilities of amateur radio, it can be a good redundancy and a secure alternative for non-radio users

Just a personal opinion, Yaesu should’ve continued making a flagship digital radio with a keypad for easy APRS text input

A sturdy and reliable subcompact analog dualband radio. The lack of digital makes it limited as a primary radio, but it’s great for outdoor activities.

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Automatic Packet Reporting System is a hybrid local RF and internet-connected system for exchanging messages, data, status updates, and positions

What is APRS

  • APRS = Automatic Packet Reporting System
  • An amateur radio communications system for relaying real-time digital information that is primarily transmitted and received locally.
  • Can also be injected into the APRS Internet System (APRS-IS), which is distributed globally for online access or gating to RF in other locales.
  • The system is based on the AX.25 Packet protocol.
  • APRS was developed and trademarked by Bob Bruninga WB4APR, a senior research engineer at the United States Naval Academy.
  • Previously it was…

Is this the Baofeng UV-5R killer?

The license-free portable radio from Cignus provides higher power and better clarity than other SRRS competitors in the market, all at a lower price and better value

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Data, calls, and SMS do not expire. Great for students, backup SIM, or longer-term set-and-forget SIM while on-the-go

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It’s better to be ready when SHTF

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A practical response to questions about radio communications

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A pair of lightweight portable radios with good selectivity receivers


Angelo is editor at TechNode.Global. He writes about startups, corp innovation & venture capital (plus amateur radio on n2rac). Tip box:

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