[aprssig] Sgate question

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Sat Nov 11 12:08:12 CST 2017


On 11/11/2017 10:30 AM, Ron VE8RT wrote:
>     I have some hardware coming, including the UDRC II, but don't expect
> have anything online or on the air until I get more time.  And I've
> been doing my homework, reading a lot of webpages, in particular from
> participants from this list.
>
>     The question, given my location would either a HF Igate or a 2 metre
> (initially) located here in DP22 contribute anything to the network?
>
>     Ron VE8RT DP22
>
On 11/11/2017 12:27 PM, Ron VE8RT wrote:
> My frozen grid square :-)  about 62 degrees North, 114 degrees West
>
>     Ron

That far north I suspect that HF (meaning 30 meters) would be nearly useless 
for most of the solar cycle.   Even here in the center of the Lower Peninsula 
of Michigan at 42 degs north (260 mi / 400 KM due south of Sault Ste Marie), 
the HF activity is very sparse compared to what I hear from my mobile only  a 
couple of hundred miles farther south.    [The earth's magnetic field tends to 
deflect charged particles of the solar wind to the far northern/southern 
latitudes. In turn, this increases the ionization (and HF radio losses) of the 
upper atmosphere more than at lower latitudes. ]

The question then is how much 2M APRS activity is there in the Yellowknife 
area?   Are there ANY APRS hams in the area besides yourself?

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