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APRS DX Question ??

Discussion in 'General Ham Radio Discussion' started by Se7en, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. Se7en

    Se7en Well-Known Member

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    I had the beacon going on the FTM350AR a couple months back and my signal or beacon was copied/heard in England...:confused:

    is that normal...:unsure:


     

  2. W5LZ

    W5LZ Crotchety Old Bastard

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    I would say your beacon was picked up by an I-Gate and so was seen in the UK. It wasn't 'heard' via RF but by the internet. That's normal.
    - 'Doc
     
  3. Se7en

    Se7en Well-Known Member

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    Oh..OK. I was thinking it was weird my signal was "heard" from so cal in England LOL. I am still learning how to use aprs:eek:
     
  4. Moleculo

    Moleculo Administrator
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    How did you know that your beacon was "heard" by England? What were you looking at that told you that?
     
  5. Se7en

    Se7en Well-Known Member

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    Ah for once I Google'd all by my self ! Lol na looked up my call via Google and lone behold there it is. Ill post the link if I can find it again.
     
  6. Moleculo

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    APRS.FI is a great site for looking at your APRS data. You can tell what stations heard your beacon as well was which stations relayed it to the iGate.
     
  7. Se7en

    Se7en Well-Known Member

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    K6DEA APRS Station Info
     
  8. Dave_W6DPS

    Dave_W6DPS Fount of Occasionally Useful Knowledge

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    You can get some pretty long links, though probably not to Europe.

    I regularly see stations 100+ miles away in the Sierras pick me up when I am in the San Joaquin Valley. In fact, in the big valley and around the LA/Orange/San Berdo/Riverside metro area I reduce to 1 watt of output power and a digi path of only wide1-1 to keep from bouncing around too much.

    I keep waiting for propagation ike we hade a few years ago when the "Pineapple Express" sproadic E would open 2 meter paths from SoCal to Hawaii. APRS should also make that trip if FM voice does...

    Dave_W6DPS
     
  9. Se7en

    Se7en Well-Known Member

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    I love the movie pineapple express !

    Don't know too much about the pineapple except I am in a great spot for it when it is doing its thing...does it work with 15.000mhz. Time thing? Cause today I kept hearing a male voice than a female voice announcing the time it was fading too pretty odd ussaly it comes in strong without oscillation
     
  10. Captain Kilowatt

    Captain Kilowatt Professional Amateur
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    Male voice is WWV. Fort Collins Colorado. Female voice is WWVH Hawaii. The Pineapple Express is a ducting event that happens on VHF or UHF only. HF is another matterq.
     
  11. Dave_W6DPS

    Dave_W6DPS Fount of Occasionally Useful Knowledge

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    Yeah the Pineaple Express is a strange VHF phenom.

    I have been in San Clemente and Dana Point with simplex 2 meters running in from Hawaii.

    I once was successful in keying up a repeater on Diamondhead and was on for about 8 minutes.

    Just with a regular mobile mag-mount and a 5 watt HT!
     

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