Taking APRS for a Test Drive on the Yaesu FT3D
I recently purchased a Yaesu FT3D handheld with the intention of making a few contacts through the International Space Station’s digipeater using the built-in Terminal Node Controller. Since the ISS only passes overhead a few times a day for a few minutes at a time, I thought I’d explore some other uses for Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS). The general use of APRS has always been something of a mystery to me. Absolutely, it is beneficial in reporting your location in case of an emergency, but this is the exception and not the rule. I primarily observe people using APRS to report their location while driving around town. Not to be out done I took my Yaesu FT3D handheld out with me on my most recent trip to Antelope Island State Park to track my location. Below is the route I traveled over a two-hour period of time. I must confess that I don’t find this application of APRS fun or interesting at all. In fact it’s down right boring.