The Pat Riot

The Pat Riot is a 2007 Jeep Patriot-turned-research vessel for mobile amateur radio communications and related projects.


  • Mr. Coffee coffeemaker
  • Yaesu FT-857D (all-mode, all-band mobile VHF/UHF/HF transceiver)
  • Yaesu VX-7R (6m/2m/1.25m/70cm handheld transceiver, wide 1KHz-999MHz receiver)
  • Spilsbury Special (orange-colored programmable 2m, salvaged junk from the Canadian Ministry of Transportation, for APRS)
  • Super-sweet Cobra CB (CB transceiver, WX receiver)


  • Ubuntu Linux
  • Music collection
  • 9″ dash touchscreen (wide-screen)
  • CAT interface for automating computer-controlled tuning of Yaesu FT-857D
  • Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS)
  • Navigation
  • Live weather overlay combined with navigation
  • Amateur radio repeater directory overlay
  • Packet radio communications