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 1993 as ( KB8PFF )

Upgraded to General in 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.

Getting your licence today


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!

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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 16,444 users and 11,949 nodes.


The 70-centimeter or 440 MHz band is a portion of the UHF radio spectrum

internationally allocated to amateur radio..  The amateur radio allocation is

from 430 to 440 MHz. 70 centimeters is the most popular UHF ham band due

to the ready availability of equipment in both new and used markets.