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[aprssig] APRS Used in Hurricane Relief Efforts

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Tue Dec 28 20:06:04 UTC 2004


THe recommended APRS SYMBOL for SATERN is the
White diamond in a BLUE circle (same as used by RACES
or any other similar agency) but with an "S" overlay. 

That way we can distinguish these stations unless they are
otherwise using one of the other symbols.  I'd like to see
the Salvation Army adopt this or some other standard APRS symbol...
we have hundreds available...

Bob

>>> ralphmilnes at patmedia.net 12/28/04 2:46:26 PM >>>
Forgive me if this has been reported to the list previously. I just
discovered it and thought it very interesting.

The following was extracted from the Welling Radio Club's (Palm Beach
County, FL) Sept. 30 2004 newsletter
(http://www.members.aol.com/larry33414/04SeptNewsletter_225DPI.pdf)

This report is from Jim Gerhart WA3DIT about his service in the Punta
Gorda
area of FL after Hurricane Charlie:

"The Salvation Army unexpectedly threw an additional big request into
the
mix. The people in the SATURN (ham radio division of the Salvation
Army)
were experimenting with the use of APRS. Early into the relief
operations we
received 10 Kenwood D-700 dual banders from the Oklahoma Division. We
were
called upon to deploy these units with the canteens (vehicles) and have
a
working unit at Base Camp and the Tampa Warehouse.

After the necessary power cords were built, antennas and mounts
over-nighted
by priority early delivery, and some minor adjustments to the way that
the
units were digipeating their signals, we accomplished the goal set
before
us. Anyone - Salvation Army big-wigs included - could see via the
Internet
where all the equipped canteens were located along with the Base of
Operations and the Tampa Warehouse and see their locations within an
accuracy of 40 feet. The powers-that- be at the Salvation Army were
very
pleased. My understanding is that previous use of APRS had never been
utilized in actual disaster relief operating conditions. We proved that
it
was not only feasible but could be an extremely valuable tool. I think
that
it is safe to say that the Salvation Army will be expanding its use of
APRS
in the future. I also know that there were many hams who are now adding
the
purchase of a Kenwood D-700 to their wish lists." - Jim Gerhart WA3DIT


Ralph Milnes KC2RLM




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