Robust Packet - The Real Deal
This is the track that I laid down as I drove this 400 kilometer loop telling the tale as to why I installed a SCS Tracker running RPR HF APRS in my mobile.
Highway 40 although ringed by 10,000' foot peaks was no contest on this day as I drove through the heart of the southern Alberta Rockies.
I was being heard and gated by numerous HF Gateways located across Canada and the US, and it was music to my ears as I listened to the packet sound exiting the speaker of my Kenwood TS-480HX as the SCS Tracker decoded the packets and place the stations being heard on the map of my Garmin Montana.
I have driven this highway many times over the last 30 years, but this is the first time I have had complete APRS coverage over the course of 7 hours while I driving this 400 kilometer loop through some very rugged country that included the Highwood Pass at 7239 feet above sea-level.
While looking at the track I laid down, you may be wondering what the multiple tracks are in the vicinity of the Highwood Pass. That's where I doubled back and forth capturing photos of Bighorn Sheep.
I also was running tests on a new monobander antenna that I designed especially for the digital side of 30 meters and robust packet on HF.
Ypu can read a description of this new antenna as seen on my mobile in the insert photos here.....
Click on the photo for a closer look.....