[aprssig] ATn-N along the Appalachain Trail?

William McKeehan mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net
Wed Dec 15 14:21:10 CST 2004

The "old ideas" that you mention sound interesting...but...if you are going to
have a computer there for the hikers, why not give them a full (if dial-up)
internet connection? That would let them e-mail their family/friends with
complete details on their location, travel time, supply status, etc, not just
a location. There are many places along the trail where a telephone is
available. I'm not sure I see a lot of value in adding APRS stations along the

Just my 2 cents.

On Wed, December 15, 2004 1:04 pm, Robert Bruninga said:
> We might also consider a LINKn-N system along the
> Appalachain Trail.  From Tennessee to PA, the
> interstate 81LNKn-N system will work well.  But I-81 only
> starts in Tennessee and there are no other interstates
> that parallel the trail.  Thus, maybe a NC panhandle
> and/or North Georgia digis could add ATn-N
> to their systems.
> Or maybe a simpler and more consistent way might be to just
> take a digi in that area (smokie moutains) and add it to the
> I-81 chain so that hikers could use 81LNKn-N from Ga
> to PA and then the ATn-N begins there through to Maine?
> When the new TNC digipeaters on a CHIP come out
> and we can have a solar powered AT digi on every mountain
> we can then develop a real ATn-N system.
> I have some old APRS ideas for the AT on:
> http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/ham-trails.html
> Remember, under the new n-N paradigm, adding MORE digis
> is not a problem, because all new digis will have specific
> functions and in general will not add to QRM, but
> will channel data where it needs to go instead of
> everywhere...
> Bob
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