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HF APRS Event This Weekend

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:58 am
by ve3efq
Notice from the Facebook Portable Digital & QRP group:
This weekend we will be QRV on 30M using HFAPRS in PSK63 & MFSK16 modes, using APRS Messenger for TX/RX or DroidPSK for Android based TX beacons from the field.
We return to 30M as the majority of activity globally, is already on that band.
Goals of the event
- Get your beacon onto APRS.FI over RF.
- Igate stations to APRSIS in your heard list.
- Exchange messages with other operators.
- Send your off-grid beacon from the field using HFAPRS in DroIdPSK.
You can download APRS Messenger free from
DroidPSK is available from the Google Play store.
Please do not enable digipeating, as there is no need on HF.

Stations with high noise floor or without access to 30M can still participate by engaging with HF operators, through APRSIS, or sending messages to participating stations through VHF igates.
For more info look up the Portable Digital & QRP group on Facebook.

Re: HF APRS Event This Weekend

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:16 am
by ve3efq

Update: HF APRS Event: A short Video...

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:09 pm
by ve3efq
HF APRS, using 30m, worked very well. It seems like there are some HF I-gates on all the time somewhere. We even managed to send an APRS message from an HF radio on 30m to a handheld radio on 2m.

HF APRS also sends one's gps position so when out of range of any 2m I-gates one's position can still be pinged to the Internet's map. This is a good feature for someone like myself who likes to go deep in the woods.

APRS has a SMS gate too and I have used it to send SMS messages to cellular phones; I suspect that this would work over HF as well.