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AT Golden Packet (ATGP)
Established in 2009, the Appalachian Trail Golden Packet (ATGP) Event is an Amateur Radio event where operators set up a packet radio station on 15 mountain tops from Maine to Georgia on the third Saturday in July to attempt end-to-end APRS messages. This was a goal established back around 1980 at the infancy of packet radio to do the first cross-country packet (golden, like the golden spike in Utah for the transcontinental railroad). But no one ever tried, since wormholes and then the global internet linked APRS stations made long-haul trivial to do. But in 2009 we decided to go try it the old way, and finally achieved success in 2014. In 2016 we did it at 9600 baud, and do it every year to try to improve on throughput.
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  • AT Golden Packet - APRS Projects
    This subgroup shall serve as a place where members can discuss various projects as they pertain to ATGP. The main group will continue to serve as the primary communications vehicle for ATGP. This subgroup is opt-in. You will have to register for access to it just the same as you did for the main group. The initial purpose of this effort is to: * explore and establish potential alternative Automated Packet Reporting System (APRS) systems for use as part of the Appalachian Trail Golden Packet (ATGP) effort * it is anticipated that there will be field tests of designs as part of ATGP 2022 The effort is driven by the observation that: * ATGP has traditionally focused on using Kenwood D7xx APRS capable transceivers * Kenwood D7xx transceivers are increasingly rare and expensive on the open market This adds potential risk to the ATGP activities. It is anticipated that this effort will also: * increase interest and activity in APRS in general * increase the technical understanding of APRS technology * provide a series of potential reference implementations which may be extended and tailored for amateur radio use in APRS in general Messages within this group will be visible to members in the main group.
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