Back-Country Radio Ops
While out hiking with my FT-897D equipped manpack, I'm taking a break and thinking "this could be a good location to set up" and considering its 50 feet down to the Sheep river located in the canyon below, I may need to back off a ways before setting up!
I know I've mentioned before that Kananaskis Country located west of Calgary along the eastern slope of the Rockies may be my most favorite area in southern Alberta, and with drop dead gorgeous scenery in all directions, its easy to love.
While I'm out playing radio or photographing in the Rockies, and with no cell service, I stay connected to the outside world via radio, altough that may be through APRS in my mobile, or on my person in the form of one of my HT's with APRS capability.
When conventional VHF APRS gives out, I also have HF APRS available in my mobile through the use of an SCS 3070 robust packet TNC paired with my Kenwood TS-480HX.
I also have acquired a second SCS TNC, and I am in the process of mounting it on my manpack, to be paired with the FT-897D, allowing for operations in the back-country while being heard on 30 meters and placed on Google maps via HF Gateways located across Canada and the US.
Click on the photo for a closer look.....