[aprssig] Appalachian Trail Golden Packet Event update

Earl Needham needhame1 at plateautel.net
Tue Apr 7 09:39:13 EDT 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:
> =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

KD5XB -- Earl Needham
Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
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