> The Appalachian Trail APRS HAM Event is the same day
> (7/18/2009) as Operation On Target (see
> www.ontargetbsa.org ) in most states (except for
> Arizona - they hold theirs on the 3rd Sat. in
And I just found out it is the same date as the CQ WW VHF Contest July 16-20. One beneficial coincidence, and one show-stopper... My thinking is that there is no way we want to coincide with a VHF contest when these same easy-access sites will ahve a DX pedition oerating also on 2 meters... and desensing each other.
But doing it the same weekend as On Target is perfect!
We need input from the contesters...
If there is a Line Of Sight (LOS) path
> between your HAM APRS stations perhaps they could
> also take some 1 square foot (sf), 2 sf, or 4 sf
> mirrors and see if they can create a chain of
> linked/voice confirmed flashes the entire length of
> the Appalachian Trail (I'm sure this has never been
> done before and we've been trying to get folks to
> participate in On Target back east)? If there is
> no LOS path between some of the APRS participants
> this could be remedied by giving out 3"x5" mirrors
> (you can go to a local glass shop and ask them to
> cut up and donate some of their SCRAP mirror glass
> into 3"x5" mirrors to the Scouts for On Target) to
> hikers along these no-LOS-path segments of the trail
> and they could get the flashes around the obstacle
> as long as a few critical mirror hikers were at key
> You could communicate between the APRS HAMs and the
> hikers if the HAM's and hikers both have FRS(/GMRS)
> radios (or perhaps cellphones - probably doubtful
> cell coverage in the back country - and if they had
> cell coverage they would all need to call into a
> telephone conference bridge to be able to
> communicate to each other - there are some free
> telephone conference bridge out there on the
> Internet but you have to set them up in advance and
> let the cell phoners know the # and access code in
> advance). I thought perhaps you could use some of
> the protocols that you (and others) have developed
> for Scouts using FRS radios.
> This could add some other facets to the Appalachian
> Trail APRS HAM Event and you might be able to get
> some Boy Scouts to participate that would learn
> about FRS radios, Amateur Radio (including APRS),
> and how to make and aim a survival mirror.
> There are details on making On Target survival
> mirrors at:
> Let me know what you think.
> 73 de N7TEK
> John Blackham, N7TEK
> North Salt Lake, UT, USA 84054
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> On Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 7:46 AM, Bob Bruninga
> <bruninga@...> wrote:
> On 18 or 19 July we will attempt the first annual
> Golden Packet attempt to relay a packet message
> all 2000 miles along the Appalachian Trail using
> 14 temporary APRS or packet. Once the 14 relay
> teams are in place, and the golden packets have
> been successful, then any hiker along the trail
> can attempt to send messages as well.
> We need volunteers for the teams.
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