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Reviews Summary for Sainsonic AP510 APRS tracker VHF with GPS
Sainsonic AP510 APRS tracker VHF with GPS Reviews: 1 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $$115
Description: This device is an all-in-one GPS receiver, TNC, and 1-Watt transceiver built into a handheld sized package capable of providing complete APRS tracking for a variety of projects - balloons launches, trackers, or just a simple easy-to-use APRS setup.
Product is in production.
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KI5DR Rating: 5/5 Jun 8, 2017 09:29 Send this review to a friend
Very happy with my purchase  Time owned: more than 12 months
I came across this device last year online, took the chance and purchased one. After reading the forums and seeing several others having problems with the USB interface, I noted the following:
- The device comes with a USB cable that has compatibility problems with Win10 (WinXP is better)
- users *MUST MUST first upload the firmware to the device before it will boot. This is a case of RTFM, and requires the USB cable (above) to work correctly.
Once you overcome these initial hurdles, it does work great! Simple, accurate, and extremely useful.
I have used this running 1W and a 5/8w on the roof of the car, with pretty decent results around South Texas. I added a 25w 2m amp to it I purchased used at a hamfest, and have experimented with both a 1/4w and 5/8w magmount with excellent results with daily use and for public service events. This unit has an internal battery that will run for several hours, but using a Mini-USB cable and 12v adapter it will run indefinitely. There are a few people on the forums who have replaced the expired battery with a set of electrolytic capacitors with good results.
Also, for high altitude balloon launches, there is a modification available for altitude limitations.

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