APRS in 2019 (part 1)

January 30, 2019Dan No Comments »

I recently picked up a new, Chinese made, “HT” style ham radio. I had been pretty curious about what advancements have been made in the nearly 20 years since I last purchased a handheld radio. I’ve been specifically curious about some of the newer, popular digital modes (around here, UHF DMR). And my new radio, an Anytone AT-D878UV, will allow me to join the fun. Here you see the new AnyTone radio next to my old Alinco.

One of the selling points of the new radio was that it supports APRS out of the box – just fill in your callsign, and a few other details, and away it goes, happily posting your current GPS position to the APRS network.

But I was having trouble with it. Even when I had a GPS fix, the radio was sending positioning data, and I was pretty sure I was within range of an APRS gateway…my position never made it into the online database at aprs.fi. After trying a few other settings, and searching online for the problem, it was apparent that I needed to find out if my radio was sending out valid APRS packets. Stay tuned for part 2…

The heart of a psalmist

June 26, 2012Dan No Comments »

But I am poor and needy, Yet the Lord thinks upon me.

You are my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.

-Psalm 40:17


Lord, I don’t know what to do. I pray for Your deliverance, Your peace.

The calm

November 14, 2011Dan 1 Comment »

Welp, many things have changed for me since the last time I posted an update on this site. School at MTU started a long time ago, and this Fall semester marked the first Fall that I was not enrolled in classes at Tech. Work has been crazy, with our office moving once and then me moving in to my own office. But that’s settled down a bit, and I’m working on some interesting projects.

I snapped this picture a week ago in Copper Harbor, MI. I felt like going for a drive after church – the weather was nice and there was good music on the radio. Partially thanks to a busy schedule, I didn’t get a chance to motorcycle up to Copper Harbor at all this fall. So I took my car for a nice little ride, and walked along my favorite stretch of beach for a while. There’s actually a freighter way out there on Lake Superior, but it’s almost impossible to see in the picture. There won’t be many more freighters coming through, as the Soo Locks will be closing for the season.

The weather was sunny, almost warm and very calm last week. Very peaceful, but I definitely got the sense that less peaceful weather was on the wing. Sure enough, last Wednesday we got a couple inches of snow, and it even stuck on the ground for a while. The days are getting extremely short, winter will be blowing down our doors (and through our coats) very soon. To quote scripture from Ecclesiastes:

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…He has made everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:1,11a