When you get a group of “Amateurs” (hams) together, all ranging from appliance users to engineers, the equipment also comes in all shapes and forms. The ideal would be if we all subjectively build with some standardization in mind. Listed here is the N1ATP “Standard” with an attempt to make my equipment fit in with other’s. Much of my equipment is described under the different projects.
|POWER CONNECTORS||The power connector of choice is a 30amp Anderson Powerpole. If not within a project, at least as the entry power connector to the project.|
|AC POWER SOURCE||AC POWER SUPPLY – No specific type or model. All multi use with a rating of 20A – 45A. Single purpose supplies as needed for the purpose (usually 10A+). Connectors are all Anderson Powerpole.|
|PORTABLE POWER SOURCE||12v / 30A/hr +. All batteries with 2 or more Anderson Powerpole for supply and paralleling batteries. On a recent event, the HYT DMR repeater and an I-Gate Pack used 26% of a “2-pack” of these batteries in 6 hours. Goal is to never drop below 50% charge.|
|APRS I-Gate||The standard N1ATP I-Gate pack consists of:
|APRS TRACKER MOBILE||Alinco DR-135 w/ built in TNC|
|PORTABLE TRACKER||Byonics MT-AIO or converted MT-RTG into AIO format + power cable.|
|LTE ACCESS POINT||PEPWAVE MAX BR1 Router with WAN access from Ethernet, WiFi or LTE with auto switchover.|
|INTRANET CONNECTION||Prefer ETHERNET Cables. WiFi as backup.|
|COAX CABLE||Long runs – LMR400, Short runs – RG8x for convenience|
|COAX CONNECTORS||Unfortunately, the different brand of equipment uses different connector (N-Connector, PL259, Mini-UHF, BNC). This single standard other than converter to PL259.|
|ANTENNAs||DUAL BAND (and commercial) equivalent to Diamond X50A.|
|MOBILE ANTENNAs||Using NMO Connector. Different antennas for different use.|
For event use (ham or commercial):
DMR – TIER II (mostly UHF, but also VHF). Event use – MD380 & MD390 (low cost and easy code plugs). Personal use – XPR4550 mobile and XPR6550 HT due to roaming features on DMR.
ANALOG – HYT TC780 (mostly UHF, but also VHF)