Connected In The Back-Country
Nope.....I wasn't lost while snowshoeing in the back-country of the Sawback Mountain Range, part of Banff National Park, and my snowshoeing companions on this day were my daughter Jennifer, as well as my wife Rolly, and our destination was RockBound Lake .
I actually was being heard and able to work VE6HWY a solar powered repeater located at 10,000' on Protection mountain to the northwest from where I am located in this photo.
I was carrying my Kenwood D72, and I found the coverage of this CARA repeater to be very good over the course of the 4 days we were involved in activities in different areas of the park.
The repeater was easily worked both on voice and via APRS.
In the above photo, I am making an adjustment to the earbud positioned in my ear, and connected to my D72 that was set for beaconing through the digipeater on Protection Mountain, as well as monitoring the voice frequency.
I never did hear any activity on the voice frequency even though I could activate it, (the repeater requires a initial 4 second transmission to activate it) however there was activity on the digipeater with stations from further afield being heard, and it was comforting to know that if we got in to trouble for whatever reason, help was just an APRS message away on my D72, as cellphone coverage was non existent while in the back-country of the park.
Amongst the other essentials we were carrying in our packs, I also had a spare battery pack along for my D72 as a backup in case it was required.
Click on the photo for a closer look.....