[amsat-bb] Packet Operator needed - TN / NC / VA

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Sun Jul 12 20:24:12 PDT 2009

AMSAT out-doors operators:  

We need a field packet operator on a mountain top near the corner of TN, NC, VA on the weekend of 26 July.

This is off topic for AMSAT, but we are running out of options to find a packet operator to drive to the top of Roan Mountain, and operate a portable D700 packet radio for 4 hours.

This is a critical link in our first attempt on 26 July to digipeat the first 2000 mile golden packet from Georgia to Maine (all RF).  We have volunteers for the other 14 mountain tops (most are drive-up).  See the event web pages starting with the summary:


But due to a fluke with the buraucracy our existing volunteer may need a backup.  See details specifically on Roan Mountain:


If you have access to a D700 and a 8 amp-hour battery and some kind of portable 16' mast, and have that Sunday Afternoon free, please let me know.

Sorry for the off topic post, but many AMSAT folks use D700 radios so we need to ask. They are desired because of consistent performance with packet down to -117 dBm and are all factory aligned so this eliminates all the problems with external TNC's on random radios...  We only get one shot, and so we need all 14 portable digipeater sites to work with predictible performance!


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