As a digipeater, it is less useful because it is NOT located high on a mountain. But, it is a bi-directional APRS I-gate, so it can hear packets repeated by other nearby digipeaters that ARE high on a mountaintop. It can then report those packets to the Internet based global APRS-IS network so anyone in the world can see the information. Also, any packets from the global APRS-IS network, destined for stations nearby, will be transmitted by the WA7DRE APRS I-gate transceiver. If the destination station cannot receive the packets directly, other nearby digipeaters will echo the packets to help ensure the packets are received.
A good place to find, and monitor, stations reporting to the APRS-IS network: http://aprs.fi/
The WA7DRE APRS Digipeater and I-gate is composed of the following hardware and software:
- Antenna: Comet GP-9 colinear antenna mounted 70' up in a tree near Cheney, WA
- Transceiver: Kenwood TM-D710 (Donated for this use by Tom-K7TNS) using internal TNC, TX at full power
- Gateway Device: Microsat WX3in1 Plus 2.0 with broadband Internet connecton
For more information about this Digipeater and I-gate, or to report a problem, please contact:
email: w 4 l k s (at) h v a c w a r e . n e t