As you can see, when you get to the top of a long mountain ridge - it's easy for 5W APRS packets to be heard. A temp digi located between service and the mountains would help a lot more of these packets get back to service and get on an iGate.
For some reason, none of our packets (KI6IUC-9) got out of service or the highway north. This is interesting as I have a permanent antenna in my rallycar with a more permanent radio and tracker. Meanwhile I literally threw a TrackerBox in Georges rallycar with a mag mount and used Icom radio, (with the coax exposed slightly on the connector!) and he had the best coverage all weekend. Something to look into...
All complaints aside - as I said before, this is the best native APRS coverage of any rally in the West. My crew had some issues getting the laptop powered up and receiving packets. I hope to get the CRS setup with a permanent APRS tracking computer in the scoring van. This will alleviate crews having to take their own separate setup.
Here is the callsign APRS traffic I knew about.
Any others - please post!
Car #16 Marciniak & Marciniak KI6IUC-9
Car #8 Doganis & Smith KI6IUC-15
Sweep - Brent Ellzey KE7JGM-9
Radio / Sweep / EMT - Tom Hobbs AE6SH
Timing and Scoring - The Millar's K6MZ
One of George's packets was recorded at 97MPH!