Hello and thanks for stopping by my site, Name here is John Santmire.com
I live in the city of Findlay, Ohio (EN81EB) for the past 33 years
I was first licensed back in April of 1993 as ( KB8PFF )
Upgraded to General in March of 2007
and Changed my call sign to W8JES in March of 2009..
I run an APRS WIDE1 Digi I-Gate here my home QTH for the past 10 years now
Also run APRS in both of my trucks, My RV & my motorcycle as well.. (and my Android phone)
Camping & Motorcycles is what I do in the summer..
And Ham Radio in the winter... APRS, DMR, AllStar, HF, PSK31 and some other modes.
APRS was developed by Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, as a real-time local tactical
communications system for rapidly exchanging digital data of immediate value to operations.
This really took off when GPS became available and MAPS were integrated into the
system for tactical situational awareness of everything in the net.
Somewhere on the map in the World!
AllStarLink is a network of Amateur Radio repeaters, remote base stations
and hot spots accessible to each other via Voice over Internet Protocol.
AllStarLink runs on a dedicated computer (including the Rasperry Pi)
that you host at your home, radio site or computer center.
AllStarLink has 19,020 users and 15,160 nodes.
The 2-meter amateur radio band is a portion of the VHF radio spectrum,
comprising frequencies stretching from 144 MHz to 148 MHz in International
Telecommunication Union region (ITU) Regions 2 (North and South America
plus Hawaii) and 3 (Asia and Oceania) and from 144 MHz to 146 MHz in ITU
Region 1 (Europe, Africa, and Russia). The license privileges of amateur radio
operators include the use of frequencies within this band for telecommunication,
usually conducted locally within a range of about 100 miles (160 km).
The 70cm is An amateur radio repeater is an electronic device that receives a weak or low-level
amateur radio signal and retransmits it at a higher level or higher power, so that the
signal can cover longer distances without degradation. Many repeaters are located
on hilltops or on tall buildings as the higher location increases their coverage area,
sometimes referred to as the radio horizon, or "footprint". Amateur radio repeaters
are similar in concept to those used by public safety entities (police, fire department, etc.),
businesses, government, military, and more. Amateur radio repeaters may even
use commercially packaged repeater systems that have been adjusted to operate
within amateur radio frequency bands, but more often amateur repeaters are
assembled from receivers, transmitters, controllers, power supplies, antennas, and
other components, from various sources.