With the calendar having turned over to 2018, it was a given that I would be out first chance I got now that the holidays are over.
January 3rd finds me out in the grasslands of southeastern Alberta searching out Grey Partridge, and along with me is my latest slingshot the "Scout" that I recently acquired, and is the perfect companion for my longbow, considering they have similar shooting characteristics.
The Scout is carried at ready on the side of my haversack as seen in this photo.
If you are curious as to what the radio is seen mounted on the MOLLE webbing on the side of the haversack, this is a transceiver made by Kenwood, and this transceiver allows me to stay connected to the world via Google maps at aprs.fi.
What happens is the HT (handi talki) kicks out a beacon (packet string) which is captured by a second transceiver mounted in the radio stack of my mobile parked at the trailhead, and once decoded, the packet string is forwarded to a distant digipeater (radio system with an Internet connection), and once the packet string is decoded, my position is placed on Google Maps, allowing those who need to know where I am, able to look where I am located.
Why not just use my cell you ask......because there is no service where I am located in most cases, that's why.
Well, time to move on, as the gamebird season in this zone closes mid January.
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Read about my experience's with the Scout.....