Articles with tag “APRS”

Appalachian Trail Golden Packet event 2018 notes

Due to a family emergency, I’m sitting down close to the beach instead of being atop a mountain summit playing with packet gear setting up a Georgia-to-Maine APRS network. Each year, hams scale mountains and temporarily setup digipeaters in an effort to pass a "golden packet" along the ~2 …

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SOTA Activation Report: Methodist Hill North W3/PD-006

[caption id="attachment_1259" align="alignleft" width="300"]An Elecraft KX3 HF transceiver on the ground with a SOTA flag. Portable HF setup on Methodist Hill North[/caption]

Stats

  • When: 2017-12-23 from 1832Z to 1915Z
  • Where: Methodist Hill North - W3/PD-006
  • Who: Just me
  • Ascent: None (see below)
  • Equipment: Elecraft KX3, SOTABEAM MIDI antenna
  • APRS Coverage: Excellent
  • T-Mobile Coverage: Nil

I arrived at …

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APRS SATCOM base antennas

Years ago, Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, talked about a "good" antenna for APRS SATCOM applications.  It was a 19-inch vertical antenna that would function on both the 2m and 70cm bands, and had lobes that were up around the 30-degree mark.  Looking for information on that antenna last night I found …

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Apple Orchard Mountain in July 2017

Success! That's the word I'm using to describe my latest battle up a summit. It wasn't easy and it wasn't without some failure, but I'm willing to give this trip a grade of B. Luckily I had some help...

Stats

  • When: 2017-07-15 from 14:00Z to 20:00Z
  • Where: Apple …

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APRS Golden Packet Event

Since 2016 a few friends and I have been participating in the APRS Golden Packet Event which is held every year on the third Saturday in July.  The main objective of the event is to build an ad-hoc APRS network along the Appalachian Trail and pass the "golden packet" from …

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Heading up to Apple Orchard Mountain this weekend.

Like last year, I'll be heading over to Apple Orchard Mountain to support the annual APRS Golden Packet Event.  My friends Dave KB3RAN and Steve N3IPN are once again part of the team with the addition of Ed KC3EN joining us for the long slog up the mountain.

In addition …

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Activating Apple Orchard Mountain (W4V/RA-001)

On Saturday, 16 July 2016, Dave KB3RAN, Steve N3IPN, and I hiked up Apple Orchard Mountain (SOTA W4V/RA-001) to activate it for the Appalachian Trail Golden Packet event.  While we were there we took advantage of the altitude and activated the summit for Summits on the Air (SOTA), National …

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Operating Portable from Apple Orchard Mountain

During the weekend of July 16th I plan on being atop Apple Orchard Mountain, in Virginia, operating in the AT Golden Packet event as well as doing some VHF+ work while I'm there.  I'll be accompanied by Dave, KB3RAN, and Steve, N3IPN, who are planning to operate QRP HF voice …

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Managing resources during Public Service events using APRS

[caption id="attachment_898" align="alignright" width="300"]Picture of Mark Freeze shadowing Zoe during 2016 Raleigh Tour de Cure Mark, WD4KSE, shadowing Zoe during the 2016 Raleigh Tour de Cure. - photo by MotoPhotoMe.[/caption]

Over the weekend I helped support the American Diabetes Association's Raleigh Tour de Cure - a two-day charity bicycle ride that allows riders to choose between 80 and …

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The oddest thing happened today... Analysis of an APRS replay "attack"

The other day a fellow amateur radio operator, WJ3K, caught me on the Annapolis repeater and asked me whether I was seeing odd things happening on the APRS network.  Specifically, whether or not I was seeing station tracks getting bounced around as if an old packet had been injected into …

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