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[aprssig] digi and igate coverage in the plains

N0YXV - Stan Coleman n0yxv at gihams.org
Fri Sep 30 01:59:52 UTC 2005

By NB do you mean NE? Nebraska's two digit abbreviation is NE (don't ask
me why it just is).

Today there is almost continuous coverage between Kearney NE and Omaha
NE along I-80. We are working on filling in those spots especially areas
along and near the interstate. There are plans a foot to add a large
chunk South of Lincoln another large section South of Hastings NE and
another large chuck between Columbus NE and Norfolk NE. All of those
sections should be lit up by the Spring Storm Chasing Season. We are
trying to get the locale Central Nebraska Weather Service online by

You can join the Central Nebraska APRS group at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cnaprs . Membership is required only as a
means to keep spammers out.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org 
> [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org] On Behalf Of Stephen H. Smith
> Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2005 7:48 PM
> To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] digi and igate coverage in the plains
> tyler at allisonhouse.com wrote:
> > One major concern is none of us hams in the group have run an APRS 
> > tracker in the plains so we are leary of the coverage.
> >
> > Is there a way for me to put together a "likely" coverage 
> map for APRS 
> > to see if running a tracker would prove useful or an excercise in 
> > futility as we blink in and out every couple hours?
> >
> >
> >
> > The main states would probably be:
> > Eastern Colorado
> > Northern Texas
> > OK, KS, NE, SD, MN, IA, MO, WI, IL
> >
> > If you think it's worth it what path should we use for 
> maximum chance 
> > of coverage?
> >
> > -Tyler
> >
> >   
> Based on my last trip from L.A. to Michigan via I-70. I-76 
> and I-80 last 
> January, and numerous previous trips across the heartland:
> Eastern Colorado, once out of range of digipeaters above 
> Denver in the 
> front range,  has no coverage at all.  
> All of NB until you get to Lincoln-Omaha area is a black hole of 
> non-coverage except for a small island around Kearny.
> KS -  Activity in KC-Topeka -Wichita corridor; very little 
> west of there 
> until you get to Denver.
> SD - Almost nothing except an island around  Sioux Falls
> IA - Excellent modern WIDEn-N network covers nearly 100% of the 
> Interstates and most other areas as well.
> MO - Coverage along most interstates but very spotty in the 
> hilly Ozark 
> area in the west, and on secondary roads. 
> WI and MN  good almost continuous coverage in the southern (i.e. more 
> urbanized) part of both states.  Rather spotty in the northern parts 
> (i.e. activity in Duluth, then very little until you get to 
> Minneapolis 
> metro area for example.)
> Stephen H. Smith    wa8lmf (at) aol.com
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