Monday, November 21, 2022

 LoRa APRS digi and LoRa Packet Radio experiments

LoRa boards are becoming very popular in the HAM community. Advantage is in price and also incredible sensitivity. With very small power (20-80 mW) you are able to make DX over hundrets of km. 

I have updated my LoRa point in Eagle Mountains to ver. 4.0 :) a few weeks ago. It is solar powered hardware with 4el for DiGi OK2ZAW-17, WX station OK2ZAW-15 (broken wind sensors) and new LoRa Packet Radio experimental 2m APRS RXnode and BBS (OK2ZAW-1 and -7). 

Very nice Tropo ducting came a few days after update. New ODX DF0AP-15 and 707 km!

Inside of the box: LoRa WX station, 2x solar power system (own design), Raspberry pi zero with LoRa module and RTL-SDR for 144,8 MHz APRS RX.

New Packet Radio has LoRa module as a link radio. Raspberry Pi zero works as BBS, node and 2m APRS receiver. All decoded packets from 2m are sent by the LoRa link down to another Raspberry and then to APRS network. Power consumption of the raspberry is 1W + RTL-SDR (running) 1W. Weather station measure temperature, presure, wind (demaged sensor) and voltage of the ACU:

Decoded LoRa packet Radio with APRS packets down at OL7M QTH.

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