[OZAPRS] Alice Springs & VK8 APRS

David and Justine Olsen davejust at bigpond.net.au
Fri Dec 11 00:12:25 EST 2009


As much fun as this will be for you to get it to work, perhaps to  
meet your goal of allowing others to follow your progress, SPOT is  
the way to go


On 10 Dec 2009, at 23:06, Andrew Gilbett wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
> Thanks for the input, The closest that I shall be to HF backpacking
> will be an Yaesu FT817ND. This poses the question, would 5 watts be
> sufficient on 30m to get in on a nightly basis?
> I briefly checked a map and it would appear that we would generally
> only be about 10-20 km from the cars and as there are some mountains
> around that we walk over.
> Also what are peoples experiences using APRS via ISS & PACSAT as that
> is another viable option and I would imagine that I could get away
> with a handheld, on the good passes... comments?
> I do intend to have a 30m APRS setup in the support vehicle anyway as
> we shall be driving across the Simpson Desert on the way back.
> I am still interested in comments and peoples experiences.
> Thanks :-)
> Andrew Gilbett
> andrew.gilbett at gmail.com
> 2009/12/10 Terry Neumann <tfneumann at internode.on.net>:
>> Joseph Burford wrote:
>>> The issue here is that neither 30m or 40m are going to be practical
>>> for someone walking/hiking. Not unless we go back to  WW2 style  
>>> and do
>>> back pack radios :-)
>>> 2m handheld at a few watts with a largish whip is probably the best
>>> you are going to want to take when hiking. As others have said a low
>>> power setup like this will probably need to be heard by a good local
>>> digi or temp digi in the support vehicle to be of much use.  
>>> Obviously
>>> the issue of not having a local iGate is something else to factor  
>>> in.
>>> Cheers,
>>> Joseph
>> G'day Joseph,
>> It could well that this is exactly what they have in mind but I  
>> can't be
>> sure ....
>> HF backpacking is very big in USA - not aware that much is done  
>> here in VK.
>> Have a look at:  http://hfpack.com/
>> Nice to 'see' you again,
>> 73
>> Terry
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