October 25, 2019:
Six meter APRS (50.6200 MHz 1200 baud) will again be used my ham radio in support of the Marine Corps Marathon this Sunday in the Washington DC area.
Looks like Bruce (K7BC) and crew have deployed the temp/backup digi MCM-14 today and been testing several of the trackers earlier this week. This is in addition to the existing full-time K4AF-6 6m APRS digipeater at the Pentagon MARS station.
While it may need some last minute revisions, this link should provide a decent live view of the network’s performance. (Link updated 0759 local Sunday)
For giggles, KYPN will be putting our K4KPN-6 6m BPQ32 based APRS Digipeater/I-Gate’s best receiver (Jonesville “east” site) on a 5 element beam aimed east sometime late on Saturday. This time of the year an eskip opening – especially one strong enough to support that short VA<>KY path – is unlikely. That said, we are just on the downside of the Orionids peak so there’s a decent chance of some meteor scatter reception with all those packets flying around there starting during the early morning hours.
On another note, I just noticed the summer KYPN Summer Update just expired off the K4KPN-1 packet BBS and I should do a Fall update soon. I’ll probably post the Fall Update here before we head off for the holiday season.