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Old 07-17-2015, 11:37 AM   #15
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To be technically correct. The satellite aspect is only receiving from the GPS sats. No consumer devices send TO the satellites. The device data is sent via old-world 2G GPRS packets - relatively unused cellular function now that everything else is 3G/4G. A LOT of tracking and pay-as-you go insurance and driver mileage schemes use the same thing.

p.s. - the amateur radio APRS solution is 'free' for the 'service', one time cost of getting the license and about $200 worth of gear/antenna to setup. Once you have the license it's also a great way to have more on-road communications for local help.

p.p.s. - to another note, it is not legal or practical to try to send data over AM or SSB CB.
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