[OZAPRS] Alice Springs & VK8 APRS
vk2hlt at netspace.net.au
vk2hlt at netspace.net.au
Thu Dec 10 19:58:58 EST 2009
I know its not strictly APRS but a SPOT might be the lightest easasiest least
messy way around it if you are on foot ? I see VK2JAP has been testing a SPOT
getting back into APRS.fi well.
Cheers Tim VK2HLT
Quoting David and Justine Olsen <davejust at bigpond.net.au>:
> That's impressive. If only I could Tx on 30m....must finish that
> advanced call.
> On 10 Dec 2009, at 06:23, Ian Bennett wrote:
> > Andrew,
> > I went up Hay River and then back across the Simpson Desert in
> > July. My HF
> > APRS is on 30m and feedback from friends and relatives was it was like
> > watching us within city limits.
> > 30m is particularly well served with IGATEs and I managed posits
> > in through
> > VK2TV-4, VK4UN-4, VK4DMI-4, VK7DIK-4, VK8AB-4 and ZL3REW. I even
> > managed a
> > few in through N8OVD which is located south of Lafayette in
> > Louisiana in the
> > US; some 15000Kms!!!
> > My HF APRS setup consists of a home made whip connected to a
> > Wagner 1729 with
> > a OpenTracker buried inside.
> > The Wagner is a crystal controlled, 50W commercial radio used by
> > the SES many
> > years ago (70's and 80's I think). Originally designed to operate
> > up to 7MHz,
> > a mate coaxed the one I have to go up as far as 10M for APRS. For
> > photos of
> > my setup (and how I got there) see here:
> > http://www.facebook.com/album.php?
> > aid=2014987&id=1097597881&l=7a1630233a
> > I was watching the BMARC expedition but the track stopped at
> > Birdsville. I
> > subsequently found out that their "gateway" vehicle suffered a major
> > mechanical failure. No idea why but I suspect they may have been
> > travelling a
> > bit quick since bikes can go a lot faster than cars in that terrain.
> > Ian
> > VK1IAN
> > On Thu, 10 Dec 2009 01:00:54 Andrew Gilbett wrote:
> >> Hi All,
> >> Next year I shall be walking the Larapinta Trail from Alice
> >> Springs to
> >> Mt Sonder in the West MacDonnell Ranges (about 223km). I am
> >> interested
> >> to show my progress on the internet to friends and family also of
> >> course fellow amateurs via RF. I am wondering whether there is any
> >> kind of IGate near Alice Springs as the website does not seem to
> >> mention one or if there is someone who may be willing to host one?
> >> Also I am interested in peoples experiences with using HF APRS, I
> >> remember that a particular group had a number of motor bikes using
> >> VHF
> >> APRS being gated to HF in a vehicle. There shall be a support vehicle
> >> that we shall visit every couple of days and shall be usually within
> >> 50km of the walking group.
> >> I have some ideas about how I shall go about this which I shall share
> >> soon as its a little late right now...
> >> I am currently working out the feasibility of this, so comments and
> >> ideas are welcome.
> >> Thanks :-)
> >> Andrew Gilbett
> >> andrew.gilbett at gmail.com
> >> VK2XAG
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