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Author Topic: Why Trackers?  (Read 4798 times)

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« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2017, 06:28:46 AM »

I will throw another one out. I about two weeks I am preparing to begin riding a bicycle / experimental-vehicle from Kansas to Utah. Several people have asked me to keep them appraised of my trip.

As it happens, I was not able to figure out a way to make that goal work with APRS; as such, I will use Ride With GPS. That being said, it is an example of where tracking would be interesting.

I do have a 2M rig with me; but I have never heard any traffic on it. I ker-chunked the repeater to make sure it was transmitting and talked to my hand held on another test; so I know it's working.

Generally, in remote areas I just leave it on 146.520 and give a shout out when I approach a town.

If it worked, I could see APRS adding a lot to a trip like the one I am making. Considering that Amateur radio (in my life time) follows commercial by about 20 years, I expect to see APRS picking up and being reliable method of sending messages, on trips like the one I am planning, in about ten years.

In this trip I just couldn't justify the cost, weight, and power draw, of APRS.

I can see that you could be in a outback area that has no APRS coverage.
Most areas I have traveled I have been in connection with the APRS network.
I have sent APRS texts from Michigan to Arizona.
I have done lots of local APRS texts.
I have sent emails from the APRS network.
APRS is not perfect but seems to work fairly well.

I did have an APRS tracker on my car and the wife used it to drive from Michigan to Georgia to visit her sister.  I called her sister when the wife turned up her driveway. 
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