[aprssig] ISS Object Feed on APRS-IS Down

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Fri Jun 21 15:18:40 CDT 2013

On 6/21/2013 3:51 PM, Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) wrote:
> Further checking reveals that I was, of course, connected to fifth.  Apparently
> aprs.fi is/was as well since my KJ4ERJ-15 packets were showing up there.  I've
> forced a re-connect on this end and am now connected to second, so we'll see if
> you start getting the ISS object.
> Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32

It's working normally now.   Caused a bit of a panic since I am planning to use 
the track during Field Day tomorrow.

I'm reverse-gating the ISS object to a one-hop (no digis) path on VHF for the 
next two days, so that I can copy it at my Field Day site at the edge of a 
Walmart parking lot about a mile and a half from home.   This is going to be 
more of a public demo than a serious contest station.

This setup will be using my Spiderbeam 40' pushup telescoping fiberglass mast 
mounted on a light-weight trailer.  The mast holds up the center of a 
ladder-line center-fed 105' dipole fed with an Icon AH-4 tuner.   Just above 
the dipole center, at the very tip of the mast is a very light-weight 2M 
1/4-wave piano-wire ground plane fed with LMR-240 line.

The station setup is my usual laptop-based mobile setup with the D700 and 
FT-857 in the car. I will have a 21" flat panel monitor plugged into the mobile 
laptop ext VGA port echoing the display on the Toughbook's own display. This 
added display will be resting on the roof of the car so that onlookers can 
easily see the digimode operations and APRS maps going on inside the car.

When I see the green ISS coverage circle appear within station range on my VHF 
APRS map, I will switch the D700 from 144.39 to 145.825 MHz, and zoom the 
normally-local (75-mile radius) VHF map out to 1500 miles radius or so to copy 
the ISS-digied beacons.

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