What is A Digipeater?
Unlike full-duplex VHF/UHF voice repeaters, digipeaters receive data packets, process them, and then retransmit them on same frequency – extending the range of the transmitting station. In the case of MB7VF – the data packets are Automatic Packet Reporting System (ARPS) packets. MB7VF also shares it’s data to world wide mapping tool aprs.fi
What is APRS?
APRS is an amateur radio-based system for real time digital communications of information of immediate value in a local area. Data can include object Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates, weather station telemetry, text messages, announcements, queries, and other telemetry.
What is the DX Report shown opposite?
From time to time there are “lifts” on the 2 meter band, allowing for further than the normal “beyond the horizon” contacts.
The DX Report shows the furthest station heard directly by MB7VF within the last 90 minutes. If the distance exceeds expectations i.e. over 50-100 miles, you know there is a lift on and may want to try calling CQ on 145.500
I would like to thank Malcolm M0GXZ and Michael [soon to be M7] from Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Society. Both, intentionally or otherwise, have contributed to this project through various suggestions and ideas. If you have come to this site via means other than Milton Keynes ARS – please take some time to have a look at the club www.mkars.org.uk