[aprssig] Appalachian Trail APRS trip report
bruninga at usna.edu
Tue Mar 7 16:17:00 CST 2006
Just got back from a 4 day 40 mile hike on the AT with
6 high school kids. I carried APRS, HF, GPS, RINO's
a few HT's and several FRS radios for the kids.
1) Never once took the HF out of the pack
2) Never once used GPS (we could see where we were
on the maps...)
3) locating water, warmth, preparing food and
placing one foot in front of the other is all that counts
4) RINO's were useless. Lost contact at 1/3rd mile
but didnt know it until we wasted hours backtracking.
5) HAM radio on 52 always worked.
6) Cell phones didnt (though we were getting full
scale signal readings (maybe we were hitting too
7) Parents were able to see our progress on FINDU
just from my manuallly keyed in posits on my D7
a few times a day. No GPS needed.
In otherwords, one D7 for me (with the thin battery)
and the little tiny Yeasu FT-2R for the two licensed kids
would have been sufficient.
Nothing new here. Just an APRS trip report.
de Wb4APR, Bob
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