Just pulling Jim's leg...but the Automatic Position Reporting System is Amateur Radio based, operating on a VHF Frequency of 144.39 MHz. in the 2 meter ham band at 144.39 MHz FM.
The 'position beacon' transmitter sends a half-second burst of data that conveys geographic position and callsign every 3 minutes.
Sometimes there may be few receiving stations (or nodes) in a rural river area, but our signal will be picked up eventually.
However, we'll still talk directly to Amateur Operators directly on the
Amateur Radio bands (80 & 40 meters) using the time-tested methods of the
Anyone with a 2M FM radio can tune in and hear the data bursts coming from cars, boats, planes, or just walking. (if they are equipped with the
We are versatile....right?