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[aprssig] Appalachian Trail APRS trip report

Joe Della Barba joe at dellabarba.com
Tue Mar 7 22:35:35 UTC 2006


Would one of these have helped?
*http://tinyurl.com/rly3k

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Robert Bruninga wrote:

>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.
>Lessons relearned:
>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
>   many cells?
>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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