[aprssig] Canada APRS?
ve7gdh at rac.ca
Mon Jan 23 22:36:39 CST 2006
Brian KD8CDQ wrote on Jan 23 2006
> Will APRS work in Canada? I go up to Canada North of Sault Saint
> Marie and am wondering if my APRS will work or what to expect.
It will in most populated places in Canada, but I started watching the area
you are interested in with UI-View after reading your message. After about
an 1.5 hours (admittedly, it's election day and I started watching ~10 pm
eastern time) I didn't see much activity north of Sault Sainte Marie. AB8CB
is a few blocks from the water on the US side. The VE3SNT-3 digi is about 21
km east in Echo Bay. I didn't see any mobile activity, but it is late night
and everyone was at home watching the election results roll in. Looking at
AB8CB at findu.com there was virtually no activity north of there for the
last 10 days. Almost all activity near VE3SNT-3 (viewed at findu.com) was SW
of there in the US. For some reason unknown to me, VE3SNE-3 digi didn't show
up in UI-View (TCPIP feed) but it showed up at findu.com in the period that
I was watching. Strange. Perhaps there will be more activity in the daytime.
Perhaps it's the geography. I would suspect you won't see much there.
However, if you have a good antenna and nudge the power upwards when you get
north of the border, you might stand a chance of being heard by one of the
two digis in the area. The W8EUP-15 digi is about 44 km south of AB8CB and
Of course, it could be the intense cold that just blocks propagation on
144.39 just north of the border! How about via the International Space
Station for your outgoing beacons when it is overhead?
73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
"I may be lost, but I know exactly where I am!"
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