[aprssig] Train tracks across the northern U.S.

MJ Inabnit ke6sls at arrl.net
Thu Aug 29 00:46:45 EDT 2013

On 08/28/2013 08:05 PM, Tony VE6MVP wrote:
> At 08:20 PM 2013-08-28, Andrew P. wrote:
>> 1. There are huge spans with no digipeater/I-gate coverage at all 
>> along the route. In the screenshot, note the places where I was able 
>> to report position over Internet connectivity but not by 2m radio 
>> (obvious because of no nearby digi's).
>> 2. The coverage for AT&T cellular service was better than for 2m APRS 
>> (I could maintain an APRS-IS connection over a wireless hotspot in 
>> places where I couldn't hit a digi), but still had holes.
> Yup, not a lot of population in the spans in ND and Montana. Well, at 
> least there isn't in southern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba along 
> the border north of ND and MT.
> Looks like a nice trip.
> Tony

I disagree Tony.  There IS a lot of population in ND and Montana. 
However, there is a lot of apathy WRT APRS from the northern clubs. I 
REALLY want to see that change too.  There are so many great hams up 
there, but they just have not dipped their fishin' poles into the APRS 
realm.  Encourage them and send a note to the boards.  I've contacted 
many of the clubs myself.  I road my motorcycle around the USA and these 
were the two states with the worst coverage.  However, I am grateful 
that some of the hams do run full Igates.

The other rotten place was the far western edge of Northern California.  
We solved that issue on my return!  (thanks Don/Alan/George!)

I know Bob has found many spots on the east coast too.  I was very 
grateful that my route along the east coast had exception coverage!

If I haven't said it before, THANK YOU ALL for the great APRS coverage 
of nodes and full Igates.



wishing you well
Jaye, ke6sls--via the acer w/thunderchicken3

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