[aprssig] APRS at the railway

F4FAP Eric f4fap at gmx.fr
Mon Jun 19 08:02:25 CDT 2017

Hi Misko,

Sometimes I also do aprs in the high speed TGV (180 MPH / 300 km/h). It works when there is nearby aprs digis on big cities, and also with a better antenna than the standard rubber : I use a SRH-36.
As the TGV is leaving urban areas, relaying is weakening to zero.

Main problems must be some metal layers on the window + Faraday effect. Except being able to put a vhf antenna on the train's roof (one for a 200 mph sport car), I'm afraid there is no way for train aprs (except on old wood cars behind a steam engine ?).

73. Eric, F4FAP in Rennes, France.

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> Hello all,
> Yesterday I traveled by a train from Krakow to Wroclaw in southern-western
> Poland. I had my handie-talkie ADI AF-16 near the compartment's window,
> plugged in to my APRS laptop. Almost 80-90% of the trip that took more
> than 3.5 hrs, I did not hear any APRS activity. Only the last segment,
> some 50 km or so near Wroclaw, some stations appeared on air. The engine
> was running around 120 km/h almost all the time.
> Generally, I wonder about your experience from the trains elsewhere,
> because I am not sure if my handy antenna was insufficient to catch weaker
> signals, or there was pretty inactivity related to APRS mode the majority
> of my trip?
> Regards,
> Misko SP6/YT7MPB (at the moment in Wroclaw)

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