Re: [Scoutradio] Philmont area repeaters
The angel fire repeater is accessible from the west side
of Philmont, and in the east, but not as well in the valleys
of central Philmont.
Last Summer, there were at least 3 hams on the staff. They
met on the air every night at 8 or 8:30 and we worked them several
times from the back country. One worked at the dining hall,
and the other two were at back-country camps. They were a great
link to the world in case of emergency.
Also, from the higher country, you could hit some of
the Mega-link repeaters in the area.
Contact KD7TQO, the staffer at the dining hall. He has a big list of
active frequencies in and around Philmont and will
have good tips from his long experience there.
Chris Kelly, K0PF
Trustee of W0BSA
- There is a way you can make a 4 element, 2 meter beam out of a plastic drop cloth and alarm tape that can extend the range of a HT in the high country.
Lay out a plastic drop cloth flat on the ground and apply the alarm tape in the same dimensions and spacing as you would for a conventional 2 meter beam. You can use alligator clips to the make the coax (RG-174) connections to the driven element. Tuning is made easy with an antenna analyzer but can be done just a VSWR meter. This works out to a very lightweight sturdy antenna.
T-344 Luther Oklahoma
- So I can see how Philmont fits into the APRS digipeater infrastructure for
APRS tracking of patrols in and around Philmont, can someone post the
LAT/LONG of the center of activity on Philmont?
thanks, WB4APR, Bob
On Sun, 11 Jan 2004, Chris
> Howdy:de WB4APR@..., Bob
> The angel fire repeater is accessible from the west side
> of Philmont, and in the east, but not as well in the valleys
> of central Philmont.
> Last Summer, there were at least 3 hams on the staff. They
> met on the air every night at 8 or 8:30 and we worked them several
> times from the back country. One worked at the dining hall,
> and the other two were at back-country camps. They were a great
> link to the world in case of emergency.
> Also, from the higher country, you could hit some of
> the Mega-link repeaters in the area.
> Contact KD7TQO, the staffer at the dining hall. He has a big list of
> active frequencies in and around Philmont and will
> have good tips from his long experience there.
> Chris Kelly, K0PF
> Loveland, CO
> Trustee of W0BSA
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The central part of Philmont is the Headquarters, which is
WGS84 36 degrees, 27.19 minutes North, 104 degrees, 57.49 minutes West.
APRS would be cool, but it would have to be extremely light weight
to get used in the field. Most Crews are so weight-conscious that
we shared everything so not everyone would have to carry mosquito
repellent (tiny bottle of Jungle juice) and a radio is a serious
committment when you end up the week joking about carrying all those
extra unused postcard stamps!
It may be a really good idea for the rangers when they need to get to
an emergency, to be able to send coordinates of the Actual site after
they locate the lost crew, but I bet most crews would not be wild about
carrying any extra gear (12 days, high altitude, heavy packs).
Maybe the Kenwood handheld (D3??).
It would be worth considering what kind of highly integrated solution
might work (very small).
Chris Kelly, K0PF
- Chris Kelly wrote:
all they need is the kenwood D7A (has a built in TNC) HT (5 watts...at
high alts and open "space" can get pretty far)and a GPS antenna.
- On Mon, 12 Jan 2004, Chris Kelly wrote:
> The central part of Philmont is the Headquarters, which isI just zoomed in and see terrific APRS coverage in the area. SO anyone
> WGS84 36 degrees, 27.19 minutes North, 104 degrees, 57.49 minutes West.
> APRS would be cool, but it would have to be extremely light weight
> to get used in the field.
with a D7 HT can send and receive APRSmessages and Email and be tracked.
Here is a link to the north east corner of New Mexico showing the area:
The link is too long for a single cut and paste but just paste all 3 lines
above into your browser and you can see the map. Ill work on getting a
better MAP background. The view above covers all the way down to Santa Fe
> It may be a really good idea for the rangers when they need to get toYes, the D7 by itself does perfect. And a scout should be able to get his
> an emergency, to be able to send coordinates of the Actual site after
> they locate the lost crew, but I bet most crews would not be wild about
> carrying any extra gear (12 days, high altitude, heavy packs).
> Maybe the Kenwood handheld (D7??).
LAT/LONG from the map, so nothing else at all is needed. (no reason to lug
along a GPS)...
Ill work on a much shorter link. We need to be able to zoom in to
Philmont for MOMs and Dads that want to watch what is going on there (on
APRS, that is)...
de WB4APR, Bob
- The only drawback I see is the scout has to be a HAM by FCC law. But
getting the tech license isnt that tough if they study for a month or
2. unless Philmont gets the ok someway to use them w/o the scout being
licenced...... I would guess they would need to carry about 2-3 extra
battery packs too. I have been on a Trek once and been to the Rocky
Mountain Scout camp (summer camp for the scouts while their parents are
doing their stuff) 2 times.
Another problem I see are trees.....it takes longer for GPS's to lock on
through trees. and if they are down in one of the "valleys" getting out
with it might be tough.
- On Mon, 12 Jan 2004, Bob Bruninga wrote:
> I just zoomed in and see terrific APRS coverage (of Philmont). SOHere is a better map:
> anyone with a D7 HT can send and receive APRSmessages and Email and be
> tracked. Here is a link to the north east corner of New Mexico showing
> the area: <snip>
It looks plain, but it shows more detail as you right click. Also, I will
downgrade my use of the word "terrific" above, to "good" depending on
terrain of which I have no personal experience. But it looks like the
digi on topof WBALDY is the nearest.
This is a live map, so if there was someone there on APRS, you would see
But even this map has no Scout detail on it.
I will volulnteer to digitize a custom map for Philmont if someone will
send me a paper map that has lat/long on it.
de WB4APR, Bob