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[aprssig] APRS experiment along I-40, mapping vs. voice alert vs. local info

J. Gary Bender, WS5N ws5n at wildblue.net
Sat Jul 17 02:01:50 UTC 2010


Thanks for cleaning it up Alex.
I usually send posts as Plain Text, but apparently missed it this time.  I thought I had it set to default that way.  I'll watch more carefully.
  -- Gary

On Thu, 15 Jul 2010 16:54:21 -0700 (PDT), Alex Carver wrote:
>> Message: 3
>> Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 16:06:31 -0600
>> From: "J. Gary Bender, WS5N"
>> Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRS experiment along
>> I-40,    mapping vs. voice
>>     alert vs. local info
>> To: TAPR APRS Mailing List <aprssig at tapr.org>
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> Speaking of broken interfaces, the way the list scrubs HTML formatted email makes it very difficult to recover the text for quoting in a reply.  That should be fixed, too.  At least strip the HTML code and have the raw text posted to the list instead of the attachment method.
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> I've recovered the text as plain text:
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> ---begin recovered text---
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> Close, but no cigar Alex!  We missed by a day.
> I returned home to NM from Las Vegas, NV,  on July 6 and went thorough Kingman AZ about a day and a half after you.  I run Voice Alert with a D700.
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> My experience has been similar to yours.  Running VAlert for 3 or 4 years I have only had one QSO due to it.  I've done better than that just catching someone talking on .52.  Hill-topping works at times, too.  I do the drive between western NM and LV, NV a couple times a year with no hits yet.  I also run a 3 minute beacon.  Occasionally I hear a data burst when in Albuquerque, but not lately.  Unfortunately the times I have heard it, I was not inclined to pick up the mic and call.  City driving,  I'd have answered a call, but didn't initiate one.
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> Your coverage through NM and AZ was pretty good considering your power and antenna.  I usually run W1-1, W2-1, medium power, with a gain antenna.  I had a few more locations post, but not that many.  Coverage in western AZ on I40 is pretty thin between Flagstaff and Kingman.
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> Still hoping to have a cup of coffee with someone I meet on Voice Alert!  Having Voice Alert running doesn't cost me anything, so I'll keep it on.
> --  73  --
> J. Gary Bender, WS5N
> Fence Lake, New Mexico USA
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> ---end recovered text---
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> I'm just a little surprised given how many populated places I went through that I didn't hear anything.  Granted the setup wasn't great but it should have worked at least once.
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> I'm just glad I made it to an Igate a few times in those areas.  I guess there's at least one or two mountain top digipeaters that I was able to hit even with the bad antenna.  Then again, with no one else transmitting I had the whole band to myself. :)
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