Articles with tag “APRS”

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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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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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 …

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APRS Golden Packet Event 2017

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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