Alfonso Faustino: Motorola XPR 7550e versus Yaesu FT1XDR: GPS activities on APRS.fi (K6ASF)

I’ve interacted with my brand new Motorola XPR 7550e for about one week now; and, I wanted to discuss the GPS feature.  It’s excellent: reliable, active, accurate, and simple to operate.

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I have three devices on APRS.fi: K6ASF XPR7550e (Motorola), K6ASF-7 (Yaesu FT1XDR), and K6ASF – i (iPhone 7 Plus).

I have three GPS tracking devices attached to my call-sign, K6ASF, on APRS.fi. I wanted to test out my Motorola XPR 7550e’s GPS tracking on APRS.fi, and I’m impressed and happy with the results unlike the results from my Yaesu FT1XDR (K6ASF-7).

In the following APRS.fi screen-shots from my iPhone 7 Plus, the GPS in my Motorola XPR 7550e is quickly registered onto APRS.fi.

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In the screen-shot, supra, look at K6ASF-7 (Yaesu FT1XDR). It has a short tracking line, which means it is not actively tracking me nor is it providing accurate GPS information about me on APRS.fi — the last beacon sent from my Yaesu FT1XDR (K6ASF-7) indicates I’m still hanging around in my neigbhood, which is not the case.

Look at K6ASF (XPR 7550e), supra, and you will see my Motorola XPR 7550e is sending my GPS movements onto APRS.fi on a continuous basis — clearly, I have left my neighborhood and in transit to different parts of  San Francisco.  Both of my hand-held transceivers are set to send my GPS packets to APRS.fi every minute for the purposes of this test.

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I decided to test both units, Motorola XPR 7550e and Yaesu FT1XDR, again on another excursion in the San Francisco Bay Area; and, once again, the same results, as shown in the screen-shot, supra…Motorola XPR 7550e sends out my GPS packet to APRS.fi for tracking on the map.  Once again, Yaesu FT1XDR fails to get my GPS data to APRS.fi and shows me still in my neighborhood, which I already vacated.

In the screen-shot, below, K6ASF-7 (Yaesu FT1XDR) shows me in my neighborhood; and, K6ASF (XPR7550e) accurately shows my movements within San Francisco.  Both devices are on my person during these excursions.

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This time, I decide to include my sister’s, Irene Faustino, iPhone 6 Plus’s GPS packets into APRS.fi; in the screen-shot, below, the thin darker blue line is my sister’s GPS tracking packets lined up with the GPS tracking packets sent by my Motorola XPR 7550e.  With me, I also brought the Yaesu FT1XDR (K6ASF-7), but no GPS tracking packets can be seen on APRS.fi from my Yaesu FT1XDR (K6ASF-7) in this screen-shot, below.  In this excursion, we were in my sister’s car and driving south of San Francisco.

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Yaesu FT1XDR (K6ASF-7) for some reason insists I’m at a location that I am not. K6ASF, on the other hand, accurately shows me heading east from my neighborhood.

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In the screen-shot, below, K6ASF-7 (Yaesu FT1XDR) is nowhere to be found on APRS.fi — I even did a manual beacon transmission during my round-trip walk from my home to Sports Basement in the Presidio Of San Francisco, and no-show of my Yaesu FT1XDR (K6ASF-7) on APRS.fi during my 6-mile round-trip walk that day.  I had to drop off my three Volkl C-10 Pro tennis racquets at the Sports Basement for restringing.  Do you play?

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So far, my Motorola XPR 7550e proves to be 100% more reliable and accurate than my Yaesu FT1XDR with respects to GPS activities.

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Do you recall I mentioned in my past Motorola BLOG something about getting past the upfront challenges of setting up a Motorola hand-held transceiver and being handsomely rewarded after going through all the pain and suffering of overcoming those upfront challenges?

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Well, this is one example of being rewarded for my perseverance of taking the time to learn and understand Motorola hand-held transceivers and overcoming the upfront challenges of Motorola hand-held transceivers.  I’m rewarded with the use of a high-quality accurate, reliable, and state-of-the-art transceiver.

Sure, Yaesu FT1XDR and their other hand-held transceiver products might be super easy-peasy to use right out-of-the-box, but if it ain’t reliable nor accurate, then what good is it to me and my operations as a volunteer in the police, sheriff, and fire departments, as well as my social HAM operations?

If I happen to get lost in the woods or on the mountains of a ski resort, I need the GPS in my hand-held transceiver to work in all environments in order to aid the people that are trying to find me.

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I use to carry both transceivers: Yaesu FT1XDR and Motorola XPR 7550e.  After these GPS tests, I only carry one hand-held transceiver…guess which one.

Check 6!

/s/ Alfonso Faustino (K6ASF)

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