[aprssig] APRS on Amtrak, DC to Minneapolis

R Kirk isobar at verizon.net
Sun Jun 3 12:58:35 EDT 2018

An HT is pretty unusable on a train as you and others point out, so I would give up that idea even at 25W. On the other hand, I had good luck on an AMTRAK trip from DC to Savannah using APRSISCE on a laptop and the train's WiFi. It's the only thing I've found reliable.

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu>
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List <aprssig at tapr.org>
Sent: Fri, Jun 1, 2018 11:18 am
Subject: [aprssig] APRS on Amtrak, DC to Minneapolis

ANyone have experience with 5 watts on the Capital limited and Empire Builder AMTRAK routes, DC to Minneapolis?

My 5 watts was abysmal from DC to Connecticut (a few hits in 6 hours), so I guess I should pack a 25 watt Amp?
with antenna taped in the window.  I have a month til I go to build a battery pack for the current.

In fact, maybe I should build a nice Train-Go-Kit which includes the battery pack and power distribution center for all the other stuff I want to plugin while I RELAX!

Too bad I cannot run a cable out the back of the last car for a magmount HF antenna...;-)


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