If by "map", you mean apris.fi, stop looking at it. You won't learn anything about the local APRS over RF landscape by looking at a map that draws data from the APRS-IS servers.I don't see much of anything in my area on the map except for a couple of WX stations and they appear to be using an Internet connection.
For starters, don't enable to 100Hz tone. Instead, open the squelch and listen to the audio. You'll know it when you hear an APRS beacon. That will at least tell you if there's activity and if it's well into the noise floor, your receiver isn't able to decode it.So far I've heard nothing. Antenna at 40'. Tried some beacons and silence. When I look closer to big cities, I see what I had been used to so I may just be in an APRS "dead" area. I'll keep trying, though. Could entirely be an operator issue
Same here: very quiet on VHF/UHF period!! Back when I lived in Houston it was noisy all the time. Going WAY back in time, I had set up a digipeater in the mid 80s since I was 240' up in downtown Houston. Powered by a Commodore 64For me, I can barely hear any APRS activity at my house, but in my area, 2m seems to be dead overall. A long time ago, I was able to send some APRS messages over 300 miles when the 2m band was really long. It was exciting to send some messages back and forth with an old friend.