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The APRS.org web site provides some good information but is not very well organized and does not appear to be actively maintained. What are some good resources for beginners seeking the following:

  1. Minimum equipment needed to receive packets
  2. Minimum equipment needed to transmit packets
  3. Best practices for test transmissions
  4. Overall etiquette so as not to annoy the community
  5. Modern (still active in 2013) community resources for discussing the APRS system

As a newly-minted tech, I thank you for your insight.

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closed as too broad by Amber, Bryan Leenheer, oh7lzb, Seth, W5VO Oct 23 '13 at 22:40

Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer. Avoid asking multiple distinct questions at once. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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    $\begingroup$ This question is a bit too broad for the Q&A format here - it'd make a good blog post or guide, but a question that touches on equipment, test transmissions, etiquette, and resources should really be split into multiple questions. $\endgroup$ – Amber Oct 23 '13 at 20:42
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    $\begingroup$ I recently posted a few articles on my blog about implementing APRS if you're still interested. $\endgroup$ – Rocketmagnet May 27 '14 at 10:32