Radios for Golden Packet attempt
- 1) Obviously the minimum radio for the GOlden packet attempt is the dual band radio with APRS digipeater on Band A and UHF coordination frequency on band B.
But additional toys are handy:
2) Another APRS dual band HT on 144.39 for communicating with your entire event end-to-end via the CQSRVR. Every 30 minutes, send your status report to CQSRVR with the words CQ AT or CQ PCT at the start. This works around broken links so people dont get lonely.
THis second APRS radio can also monitor your published LOCAL voice coordination repeater frequency for others in your local area.
3) Another APRS radio and laptop configuration so you can SEE the map if you like (and play shack potato in the great outdoors).
4) An FRS radio channel 7 tone 3! I like to encourage the use of FRS in scout groups and youth ham radio to involve youth or parents that don't yet have a license. Also hams need to be accessible via radio to the public. Its also nice to be able to tell people how you communicated over 100 miles with a "2 mile " radio. The standard HAM frequency on FRS is channel 7 tone 3.
Even tell your local ham club to call you on FRS...
Being UHF, it wont hurt your APRS probabilities.
Do NOT chat on any radio on 2m, since it will block those rare packets that are the reason for being there!
See you there. Use your mountain-top callsign on FRS too.
Whoever brings the most toys (that all work) wins...