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Saturday Oct 3 - 4, we took a backpacking trip to Snowgrass Flats in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and I took the opportunity to test out APRS coverage in the area and chased a SOTA activator!

During this trip, I beaconed my position at 4 minute intervals while I was carrying my pack hiking for about 15 miles total. Because of the topography of the area and proximity of digipeaters, only 10 of approximately 180 packets were gated to APRS-IS!

APRS Track Detail at Snowgrass Flats

For APRS I was using a dedicated Baofeng UV-5R with 1/4 wave whip strapped to the back of my pack, connected to my Pixel 2 APRSDroid via bluetooth Mobilinkd TNC2.

For voice comms, I was mostly listening to 146.52Mhz on a Kenwood TH-K20a.

Both radios were used for 12 hours without having to swap any batteries.

near Goat Lake, Snowgrass Flats

Just west of Goat Lake (CN96gm) at 2020-10-04 13:20 PST, I made contact with AE7RP activating Council Bluff, W7W/LC-030 (CN96eg) on 146.52Mhz. We were each on 5 watt HT making perfect contact over a distance of 18.6mi.

From this position I was also able to hear stations in Ridgefield, WA (78mi), Longview, WA (74mi), and Astoria, OR (105mi)!

Raw APRS Packets

2020-10-03 13:11:26 PDT: KF7HVM-5>APDR16,LOKOUT,MEISNR*,WIDE2,qAR,N7TNG-10:=4629.86N/12128.34W[033/000/146.520MHz/A=005974 kf7hvm.com
2020-10-03 13:53:47 PDT: KF7HVM-5>APDR16,LOKOUT*,WIDE1*,REDMT*,WIDE2*,qAR,BALDPK::WXBOT    :tonight{5
2020-10-04 10:42:33 PDT: KF7HVM-5>APDR16,BETHEL,WIDE1*,WIDE2-1,qAO,KF7FMI-10:=4630.10N/12128.43W[355/001/146.520MHz/A=006091 kf7hvm.com
2020-10-04 11:54:33 PDT: KF7HVM-5>APDR16,BETHEL*,WIDE1*,WIDE2-1,qAR,KD7PPK-4:=4631.26N/12129.07W[146.520MHz/A=006310 kf7hvm.com
2020-10-04 12:38:32 PDT: KF7HVM-5>APDR16,BETHEL*,WIDE1*,WIDE2-1,qAR,KD7PPK-4:=4631.26N/12129.07W[146.520MHz/A=006358 kf7hvm.com
2020-10-04 12:58:32 PDT: KF7HVM-5>APDR16,BETHEL*,WIDE1*,WIDE2-1,qAR,KD7PPK-4:=4631.18N/12129.21W[146.520MHz/A=006378 kf7hvm.com
2020-10-04 13:06:32 PDT: KF7HVM-5>APDR16,BETHEL*,WIDE1*,WIDE2-1,qAR,KD7PPK-4:=4631.16N/12129.38W[146.520MHz/A=006521 kf7hvm.com
2020-10-04 13:14:32 PDT: KF7HVM-5>APDR16,BETHEL*,WIDE1*,WIDE2-1,qAR,KD7PPK-4:=4631.15N/12129.41W[244/001/146.520MHz/A=006547 kf7hvm.com
2020-10-04 13:26:33 PDT: KF7HVM-5>APDR16,BETHEL*,WIDE1*,WIDE2-1,qAR,KD7PPK-4:=4631.04N/12129.70W[230/000/146.520MHz/A=006600 kf7hvm.com
2020-10-04 13:34:32 PDT: KF7HVM-5>APDR16,BETHEL*,WIDE1*,WIDE2-1,qAR,KD7PPK-4:=4630.92N/12129.79W[146.520MHz/A=006541 kf7hvm.com
Written on October 4, 2020

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