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Apple Orchard Mountain for APRS Golden Packet and SOTA

Apple Orchard Mountain sign I must be a glutton for punishment. This is my third time visiting Apple Orchard Mountain (AO) and its steep climb to the top with way too much stuff. But I’m always rewarded in the end with awesome views, excellent VHF and UHF range, and interesting phenomena. This trip …

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Satellite APRS Article from 2005

I’ve been going through some papers around the house and scanning them onto my computer for longevity sake. Recently, I ran across an article I published in Project OSCAR’s The Satellite Beacon journal back in 2005. I reprint it here for those that might be interested in what …

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JOSM: Fixing the "Centering map when drawing" feature.

It happened again. I hit some keys while editing in JOSM and my imagery started centering itself while adding a way. I’ve done this in the past and it’s really quite annoying. The "feature" is documented on the web but due to a misspelling you can’t find …

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Coastal Linking Network: A thought experiment in replicating the Coastal Linking System for data.

John, KE4TZN, and I were discussing the idea of replicating the Coastal Linking System in DMR. The difference being that the existing network uses audio linking where DMR, and other digital modes, use an IP-based network for routing the links.

IP networks, not to be confused with Internet-connected networks, switch …

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2019-06-11 Astronomy Observations

Conditions:

Outdoor temperature: ~21C
Relative Humidity: ~65%
Sky cover: Mostly clear with a few high clouds starting to build towards the west.
Observatory: Beach at Willows Colony

Harlan and I went out to test a new-to-us telescope in a spot I had previously thought would be good for nighttime observations …

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Cost comparison for operating an EV compared with an ICE

Earlier this year we purchased a Chevrolet Bolt EV. It didn’t take long to figure out one-peddle driving, which is awesome. But now that we have put ~7,600 miles on the car, I feel comfortable talking about the efficiencies and costs.

Overall, the vehicle has averaged 3.3 …

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Blue Ridge Parkway Search and Rescue Exercise 2019

Boy, that was fun. I’m just getting back from a search and rescue exercise (SAREX) that I participated in as a prospective member of the Search and Rescue Tracking Institute (SARTI). Having operated as a flanker on a canine search team during the previous two years, I decided to …

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APRS-IS Core Servers

I’ve been running WG3K-NJ, an APRS Firenet server, for a few years now, which is configured to connect to a core APRS-IS server to provide upstream connectivity to the rest of the network. Tonight I got thinking about network efficiencies and wondered if this connection could be made any …

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Virginia Search and Rescue Conference 2019

A track for tracking. I attended the Virginia SAR Conference in Appomatox, Virginia this year and had a blast! The primary reason I attended the conference was to attend the Lost Person Behavior class, taught by Bob Koester himself, along with the companion Train the Trainer class, which allows me to teach the class …

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Received WRMI QSL

Front of a WRMI QSL Card I took at a short trip up to Catoctin Mountain Park at the beginning of the year and stayed in a rustic cabin with no running water and no electricity. It was nice, to say the least. For evening entertainment I used my Elecraft KX3 with a longwire antenna to …

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