Below is a map of the APRS trips I have made over the last 5 days. I spent some time in Brownsburg, I went to Noah’s girl friends house to drop him off and it even shows my trip to work.
The coolest part of APRS is that with a GPS, low power radio and TNC or a all-in-one radio like the Kenwood TH-D72A HT radio you can watch the propagation of your signals.
Below you will see that 14 miles to the W9ICE-10 packet station was the furthest I was heard directly. Several over stations heard my signal and repeated it. With only 5 watts for 14 miles that is about 3 miles per watt. Not too bad.
My long term plans involve setting up a gateway at the house so I can listen and report other ARPS users. This will require a good antenna and a radio that can run on power and a audio cable from the radio to a PC. I figured a Boafeng radio will do just fine.