Communications - Borrego Fest 2017

Here is where we'll plan our annual Borrego Fest event, including Amateur Radio testing, wheeling, camping, and gourmet eating in the desert.
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Communications - Borrego Fest 2017

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Post by DaveK » Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:25 pm

Ham Radio
During all three days of Borrego Fest, Hector Figueroa, KE6VRL, and Warren Pennington, KK6OJR, will be operating an Amateur Radio "shack" in the desert, in camp. In addition to several HF bands, their setup will serve as comms central for all of the runs on Saturday and a 2 meter call-in station on 145.570 simplex.

With a little encouragement, I think we can get Hector to do an APRS demo, a demo on working satellites (the ISS?), and maybe even a little fox hunting. If time permits, I may be able to do a HF email demo.

Repeaters
There are high level repeaters that serve the general Anza Borrego area very well. If you are on a run, need to contact us for help or directions, or just want to chat, you will need to program these repeaters into your rig:
  • 1. Monument 147.240, (+), 103.5

    2. Black Mtn. 147.120, (+), 103.5

    3. Laguna Mtn 147.150, (+), 107.2
APRS

Several us us will be running APRS, and surprisingly enough, it works well in the park and surrounding areas. If you are running solo, on a run, or traveling anywhere in the area, your APRS signal can be an important tool in providing assistance. In past years, my tracks were recorded (by APRS.fi), and it shows good coverage from Julian to the camp. In the image below you can see my route as I traveled from Temecula to camp. The track that terminates at the southern end of this picture is the Butterfield Ranch Resort.
APRS Coverage to Camp.JPG
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