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Longest APRS Beacon Reception?

As commented elsewhere, my car transmits APRS beacons as M0YMA-9.

When it’s parked up at home, unsurprisingly the majority of its beacons are igated by my home system, M0YMA

My beacons typically look like this:

2020-09-22 15:29:30 BST: M0YMA-9>UQQXVP,WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1,qAO,M0YMA:`vI%l!$v\`”4R}www.m0yma.uk    VX8DE_

These are interspersed with a regular catch of 2nd hops via local(ish) digipeaters MB7UG (Four Marks near Alton, 28 miles) and MB7UJ (Warfield near Bracknell, 22 miles) – and the occasional one from further afield. I keep a close eye on the APRS2 system – even on two hops, it is surprising how far they can reach.

Last week, however, I got further directly than I’ve previously achieved:

2020-09-15 00:21:10 BST: M0YMA-9>UQQXVP,G4MRS-2*,WIDE2-1,qAO,G6PDE-10:`vI%l Uv\`”47}www.m0yma.uk    VX8DE_

G4MRS is the callsign of the Martlesham Radio Society at Adastral Park (MRSAP) near Ipswich!

APRS.FI records this as:

2020-09-15 00:21:10 2020-09-21 10:58:44 IO91OH > JO02PB 101.1 miles 59° 2020-09-21 10:58:44

Yes… 101.1 miles!

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WAB Book Series 7

The Worked All Britain Awards Group has announced the launch of the 7th Series of books – now including a USB flash drive, rather than two CDs – commencing at book 24000.  The new series will take effect from 17th June 2020.

Previously, I have subscribed to take up every WAB book ending in 44 – as part of the transition, book number 23044 will become valid, and book number 24044 will become valid in due course.

However, to show my continued support for WAB, I (and my two daughters) have each taken a new Series 7 book as part of the launch.

So, with effect from 17th June 2020, we are now the proud holders of the following new booknumbers:

  • Series 6
    • 23044 – Andrew M0YMA
  • Series 7
    • 24005 – Andrew M0YMA
    • 24006 – Emily (SWL)
    • 24007 – Isobel (SWL)
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