[OZAPRS] Alice Springs & VK8 APRS

David and Justine Olsen davejust at bigpond.net.au
Thu Dec 10 20:23:24 EST 2009

No need for SPOT. My 40m gate and two others, were enough to spot me  
all over  Central Australia and Cape York. Only parts of the Gulf  
country and Kimberley were "spotless". Once I get back to a good  
antenna here things will be better on 40m

David VK4MDX

On 10 Dec 2009, at 18:58, vk2hlt at netspace.net.au wrote:

> 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>:
>> Ian
>> That's impressive. If only I could Tx on 30m....must finish that
>> advanced call.
>> David
>> 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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