On the Trail with APRS
Mid morning finds me on the trail in the Sibbald Flats area of southern Alberta.
Earlier I left my mobile parked several kilometers away, and set out to hike in to the location of one of my trail cameras to check on what was happening with it.
I had my mobile - VE6AB-9 set up to digipeat the beacons sent by my Kenwood D72 - VE6AB-7 that I was carrying with me.
Without the help of my Kenwood TM-D710A mounted in my mobile, my D72 was not being heard reliably by the digipeater located on Pigeon Mountain approximately 30 kilometers to the west of my location.
With the D710A mounted in my mobile doing the heavy lifting, and because I could hear the Pigeon Mountain digi directly on my D72, I was getting confirmation back that my beacons were being received and uploaded to aprs.fi on the Internet.
I have the path settings on both my D710A and my D72 set for VE6AB,WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1, and with these path settings, as well as my D710A set to insert the call for my mobile VE6AB-9 in the packet-string, my VE6AB-9 was being confirmed as the first digi,
In case you are wondering as to why I have VE6AB inserted in the path settings, this is to keep my mobile digi from digipeating other aprs stations heard nearby with WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1, path settings, as I only want my devices to be digipeated by my mobile.
All in all it was a good morning to be out on the trail, and it was made more enjoyable by the knowledge, that APRS was allowing me to keep everyone informed as to my whereabouts while out in the back-country on this morning.
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Trail camera set up....