First digital traffic received! APRS on 144.390

Yes, yes, and yes.  It has been a long time since I last posted.  I was aiming to post more frequently, too.  Right?  However, this summer my family and I moved from in-town Orono, Maine to “in-town” Charleston, ME.  Wow, we were busy.  Still are.  However, now I’ve had just enough time to setup a functional, outdoor antenna for 2m.  I’ve been looking for digital signals to decode recently.  I found plenty.  However, I haven’t figured out what the lower pitched sounds I’ve encountered on 145.305MHz are.  I’ll share a recording soon.

With my new antenna freshly setup and my trusty, thrift store HTX-202 in hand, I tuned to 144.390 to listen for APRS traffic.  WOW!  I hear a steady stream of bursts!  Yes!  What I’ve been waiting for — a recognizable sound representing a know digital signal encoding that I could try to decode.

I’ve been reading about Direwolf and APRS a little and thought I’d give it a shot.  Look at what I got!  My first, digital, Ham traffic decoded:

This was truly a thrilling moment. I have been hearing data in many places around 2m. However, my signal was always too weak and my setup wrong. Last weekend I put up a simple 1/4 wave antenna about 12 feet off the ground based on a mobile antenna cable to exposed conductor connector and VOILA!
This was truly a thrilling moment. I have been hearing data in many places around 2m. However, my signal was always too weak and my setup wrong. Last weekend I put up a simple 1/4 wave antenna about 12 feet off the ground based on a mobile antenna cable to exposed conductor connector and VOILA!

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