Entries from April 2019

Wednesday, 3rd April 2019: PicoAPRS
I noticed that the iGate relayed a dozen packets last month from G7NVZ-7, a PicoAPRS tranceiver. These are tiny – about seven grams – with a transmission power of a watt. It's cool to see that they work, even with the fairly ropey antenna that I've got set up to receive these packets.
Friday, 5th April 2019
G7NVZ-7 passed again yesterday. When I compare each of the traces, I can see there's a range of about 3km in each direction on the M5. This is more likely due to my antenna than the PicoAPRS. I should look into getting a better antenna and asking for permission to install it on the roof.
Monday, 8th April 2019
On Friday I was asking in #lhs-radio about ways to improve the iGate's antenna. I remembered I had a loft, so far unexplored since moving to my new place in January. Depending on the roof material and the availability of power, a colinear antenna up there might work quite well. …
Tuesday, 16th April 2019: Interruption in service
The iGate has been packed away in preparation for a visit from some good friends. It should be back in a week or two. By that time my APRS radio should have arrived back from its second round of repairs and I can see what the range is like first-hand.
Friday, 26th April 2019: Back online
After a happy week with friends, the guest room is free, and the iGate is set up and working.