6M APRS trials setup starts this weekend

Scott Gillis (N3UJJ) lists at n3ujj.com
Thu Aug 6 17:05:11 CDT 2009

Good Evening Everyone,


Mike (KA2ZEV) suggested I join this mailing list.


Mike (KA2ZEV), Bill (N3UKI), and myself (N3UJJ) are guilty ones for starting this project and are looking forward to seeing how 6-meters will do now that the analog TV channels are shutting down.


The more people that participate, the better.

Anyone that has a 6-meter mobile transceiver can easily get involved, all you need is a tracker and a GPS (and we even have a few loaners).

iGates are important to the project because they will report all data to the APRS-IS <http://www.aprs-is.net/Specification.aspx>  and will give us documented data and history for later analysis.

Bill (N3UKI) will be putting up a 6-meter iGate in Baltimore (N3UKI-50) on Sunday

I (N3UJJ) already have a 6-meter iGate operational in Annapolis (N3UJJ-50) (findu.com <http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/find.cgi?call=N3UJJ-50> ), (aprs.fi <http://aprs.fi/info/N3UJJ-50> ) (db0anf.de <http://www.db0anf.de/app/aprs/stations/digiusers-N3UJJ-50?sort=lastheard-d> )


Suggestions, comments, and volunteers are most welcome. 

Anyone interested in participating in this project, please contact Mike, Bill or Myself.


Hopefully by Sunday evening we will have the following on the air (50.62):

N3UJJ-50 iGate (Xastir) for testing, then converted to Digi (UI-View) once proven (In Edgewater, Maryland)

N3UKI-50 iGate (Xastir) for testing, then converted to Digi (UI-View) once proven (In Owings Mills, Maryland)

N3UJJ-6 Mobile Tracker (OpenTrackerPlus) (Annapolis to Waldorf Daily)

N3UJJ-15 Mobile Tracker (OpenTrackerPlus) (Loaner Unit) (Annapolis to Balto daily)

N3UJJ-17 Mobile Tracker (OpenTrackerPlus) (Loaner Unit) (Annapolis to DC daily)

N3UKI-6 Mobile Tracker (TinyTrak3) (Balto Area)

N3UKI-7 Mobile Tracker (TinyTrak3) (Balto Area)(this one is a maybe)

KA2ZEV-6 Mobile Tracker (TinyTrak3) (Herndon Area)



Contact Info:

Scott Gillis (N3UJJ) N3UJJ at N3UJJ.COM

Mike Chisena (KA2ZEV) KA2ZEV at YAHOO.COM

Bill Shapiro (N3UKI) N3UKI at N3UKI.COM



Scott Gillis (N3UJJ)

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----- Original Message -----

From: "Michael Chisena" <ka2zev at yahoo.com>

To: "tacos AMRAD" <tacos at amrad.org>, 

Sent: Thursday, August 6, 2009 1:30:27 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern

Subject: 6M APRS trials this weekend




In the last week there is renewed interest in the 6m APRS project.


Most likely frequency is 

50.62MHz simplex no tone.


Other choices are 





If you have one of my conversion radios, that is channel 2, 4, 12, and 14.

These are not part of the scan stack.


At this time there are two mobiles on the air.

Mine is KA2ZEV-6 that you may hear when in motion.

Scott's N3UJJ-6.


By the end of the weekend there may be a few more. I am delivering 6 radios Saturday AM if all goes well.


Some of Scott's team are planing on setting up an I Gate in Balto City this Sunday. Bruce is working on plans for base stations in Fairfax. 


There are a lot of details that need to be worked out so this is far from the last word on the project.


If you can host a Digi or an IGate, contact Scott G and we will see what can be done.


More when I know more.

Mike in Herndon

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