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[aprssig] Appalachian Trail Golden Packet Event update

Earl Needham needhame1 at plateautel.net
Tue Apr 7 13:39:13 UTC 2009


Kevin Sherwood wrote:

> Bob,
>
> I've been following along on your efforts for this event, and it certainly sounds like an interesting project, but I'm not sure I understand the goal.
>
> The stated purpose of this:
> PURPOSE:  To field enough 
> amateur radio emergency communications teams on mountain peaks in The Eastern USA
> to be able to communicate 
> packets and APRS messages
>  from end-to-end of The Appalachian Trail.
>
>
> But the planning that goes in - and the back-channel communications links to allow coordination - make this seem more like a lab experiment than a practical communications system.  
>
> Is the eventual goal setting up an alternate APRS net along the Appalachian Trail using self-sufficient devices?  Or is this just something to demonstrate that with intricate planning and coordination using existing communications methods an APRS network can be built to deliver a message 1200 miles away?
>
> I apologize if this sounds rude; I'm just trying to understand if this is a precursor to something else or just a one-time demonstration.
>   
    I'd like to know what changed -- a few years ago I got chewed out 
royally for reporting the following:

>     Received this packet about 30 minutes ago:
>
> KG6JWH>APU25H,ABAJO,WIDE7,LAMOSC,CAPTAN,MELROZ*,TRACE7-4 [UI]:
> =3703.52NN12048.48W#Todd's Big Motgage {UIV32N}
>
>     Station is 1002 miles from me and appears to have made it all the 
> way here on 2 meters.  Looks like it took 10 hops to do it, though...
>
>     7 3
>     Earl
    I didn't even SEND the packet and yet I was in trouble over it -- 
and now we're actually ENCOURAGING such operation?  I'm confused, I guess.

    7 3
    Earl

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