I carried the Kenwood TH-D74 handheld to Dayton thinking there might be some interesting D-STAR traffic. But on the trip over and back I found the APRS traffic to be more entertaining. The number of mobile stations descending on Xenia, Ohio was stunning. I’ve seen this before from the Web but this was the first packet storm I ever sailed into.
On the return journey the frenzy continued, for awhile, but soon I was back in the hinterlands where few digipeaters exist. There are none in my own home town so far as I can tell and that’s just a shame. The APRS network is practically the only packet system that remains from that Jurassic period when all of us still had terminal node controllers.
Since no one else seems to be doing it, I’ve decided my next radio project will be the addition of a digipeater at my house that hopefully will help fill in the giant network gap surrounding my own QTH. If you’ve done this recently, drop me a note and let me know what hardware you used. It seems reasonable to assume that the Raspberry Pi would be handy for a task like this one. Thanks!