are we, exactly?
The details about APRS* and GPS
automatic Position Reporting System, is a software package that enables us
to display our exact position as it is determined by GPS and transmitted
by packet radio.
is a digital form of amateur radio communication that uses airwaves to
transmit packets of digital information to other other amateur radio
packet stations. Some packet stations serve as gateways to the internet,
allowing us to display our current position on specific websites. The
position links that I offer here are links to one such website!
HERE to see our last updated position!
*APRS is a
software package and a registered trademark owned by Bob Bruninga, WB4APR.
What if it says that
there is no position report for us? Have we dropped off the earth? Most
likely not. What has probably happened is that we are out of range of a
repeater that can transmit our GPS packet information. This happens
sometimes in remote areas.
possibility is that the APRS station through which we are trying to
transmit is down. When this happens, it can be down for a day or more, but
hang with us. We will be back online soon!
You can always get a pretty clear idea where we are by checking out the travel log.
Radio Field Day
started off our field day 2001 with visitors! Glenn and Rae
from near here in Halifax came to visit us. We got only the
one lame photo of them watching Michael demonstrate the
GPS-APRS system, but maybe we will have a better chance to get
We worked into the night
till about 5:30 UTC and got up and started working again at
about 11 UTC.
we had 303 contacts, all by voice. We had contacts from many
locations including Louisiana, Florida, Kansas, California,
Oregon, Washington, Labrador, British Columbia, and several
from Indiana. Though we listened for our home station, W9INL,
we didn't hear them. We had a great time with this as always!
6/10 Did the little weather
graphics for this site. :)
6/23 Made some foggy weather
graphics for Nova Scotia :)
6/24 Made the "into
the ether" picture that i put on 6/23 Log page
6/15 Michael made a contact
on 2m on the hailing frequency when we were at the top of the mountain at Port
Michael making a contact from
a Halifax NS repeater 6/22.
6/22 Michael checked on the Halifax
repeaters and announced himself on one. He got into a conversation with a guy in
Halifax who told us that he had just been on a trip to the States. He told us
that he had been to Dayton and asked us if we had camped at the KOA there. We
said yes, that we were the ones with the loud party. He said that he was camped
just a few feet away from us!
Michael then worked on the big radio, getting it
all set up for Field Day and made some "practice" contacts. He worked
a station in St. Louis, one in Belgium, one in Russia, and another in central
Pennsylvania. These were on 20M.
While he did this, i lost a bunch of money doing
vegas style scoring solitaire.
At 1:45 GMT, we listened as well as we could to
the W1AW Field Day message and tried to get it all copied.
I play way too many of 'em!