[AC5V-Elmer] #Elmer APRS #elmer

Wayne Morris, AC5V

Digipeaters, like most other HAM stations, depend on operators that choose to deploy equipment for that purpose.


I used a 5W handheld today on my bike. You will see some long straight lines that are not following roads. Those represent gaps in the beacon system. My radio was probably beaconing on the order of every 5 minutes or less. On a bicycle, that is a lot of beacons and if there was 100% coverage, you would see them all and much more detailed view of my path.


I operate a digipeater and the beacons reporting from near my house are from my station.  We have two types of stations. Some stations just receive the beacon and retransmit it. Hopefully that will get to a gateway and go to the internet. Then we have gateways. Those stations send the beacons they receive to the internet.


Many stations, like mine, are both. They repeat the beacon and report it to the internet. The reason we still want to repeat is so that mobile to mobile beacon information is relayed. So if I send you a text via APRS and you are out of range of my radio, I may have my beacon picked up and repeated on a digipeater and you could receive the message.


I hope that helps.


From: AC5V-Elmer@groups.io <AC5V-Elmer@groups.io> On Behalf Of Bob Deitz
Sent: Friday, October 1, 2021 3:06 PM
To: AC5V-Elmer@groups.io
Subject: Re: [AC5V-Elmer] #Elmer APRS


Are digipeaters pretty well dispersed in the area such that they would pick up a signal from a 5w HT?


On Fri, Oct 1, 2021 at 12:49 PM Wayne, AC5V <waynemia@...> wrote:

I took a handheld with APRS enabled on my 23 mile bike ride this morning. This is just one of the useful things you can do with APRS. If had needed assistance, this information could have been used to locate me, even if I was not able to use my phone.


This link will let you see my route for the next 7 days.





73s, Wayne - AC5V






Wayne, AC5V