The Minos is the version of the Autocab MDT that replaced the Omicron. It is the one that isn’t rubbish.
Normally these are powered from the Radio cable, but if you want to run them without a radio, you’ll need to work something else out.
Ok… Firstly, there are many guides to doing this already on the internet, but most of the use a Raspberry Pi. I’m not using one, for reasons that will be made clear later.
Secondly, I couldn’t find any one of the guides that did exactly what we wanted.
Before you read all this rubbish, it is important that to use it you will need an Amateur Radio License and Callsign, and and APRS-IS Passcode. If you don’t have them, then go and get them before continuing.
So, with that in mind…
I’m going to be playing about with and SDR dongle a lot, so I think it only fair to describe it.
This post is not about the the PC/Baofeng cable that is used for programming the radio. If you want one of those, then try Amazon.
This is about connecting the audio streams twixt the radio and a PC.
The basic mission is to take the Soundcard in/out from a PC and connect it to the Kenwood K2 connector that the Baofengs uses.
These cables are simple, and they work, but they may cause damage to either your PC or radio if used incorrectly. Much like a can of Coke.
UPDATED WITH DIAGRAMS FOR THE MENTALISTS
Everyone needs storage boxes for their bits and bobs of electronic dohickery. You can probably buy something suitable from Amazon, but the chances are that you will have suitable items already in your house.
If you are getting started with APRS, then the easiest was will be to do it on your Smartphone. This post is only about using Android phones, obviously. The clue is the “droid” part of APRSdroid.
NOTE: for this you WILL require an Amateur Radio License and Callsign. If you do not have a Callsign, then I suggest you just watch what is going on on the APRS.FI website.
To be honest, we all have those Facebook “friends” that we only keep linked to because either we have to work with them, are distantly related to them. or don’t trust them and think they need to be kept an eye on.
So, how can you see how deeply reprehensible they are? Well one was is to check your Friends list for dodgy page likes. You really don’t want to go down this rabbit hole
The Autocab Omicron is as absolutely awful bit of outdated WinCE rubbish. They are fragile as hell, and suffer many faults, mainly involving the various connectors.
But sometimes they suffer from a software fault, such as losing the auto-boot. This will leave you with a screen like this:
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