[aprssig] Baker to Vegas & APRS
Phillip B. Pacier
ad6nh at arrl.net
Mon Feb 7 11:53:41 CST 2005
Greetings! It is time again to get ready for the Baker to Vegas race.
This year, we will likely have 50 or more teams tracked on APRS with
trackers in the follow vehicles. This is one of amateur radio's largest
volunteer events, with over 250 hams participating in the communications
effort. Every year, there is much debate over the tracking and the
impact it has on the local and regional networks. I think I have come
up with a way to address the issue and still keep the local RF
monitoring stations happy! At any rate, if you are going to be at all
involved in APRS with the Baker to Vegas race, I encourage you to join
the Yahoo group I just created for the purose at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aprsb2v Right now, it is an open group
and open to all for discussion. However, if it gets rediculous, I will
actually moderate the messaging ;) Here is a quick list of some of the
new things that will happen with the race:
1. The race has a new official tracking URL at www.b2vtracking.com
2. ALL teams who participate in the utilization of APRS during the race
must coordinate their efforts with me directly, and have their APRS
communication forms signed by me following an inspection of the
tracker(s). There absolutely must be a central coordination effort, and
I have been chosen to be that effort by the race committee. In order to
accommodate all of the trackers with a high level of accuracy, the
coordination is extra important.
3. If you are utilizing OC RACES, the LA Amateur Radio Club, or any
other organization in building, borrowing, or using tracker boxes, they
still must be signed off by me on the final coordination.
4. Anyone who operates and APRS tracker on the race course who is
associated with a team but who has NOT coordinated their tracker with me
will subject their team to a penalty as outlined in the 2005 version of
the race rulebook. This includes any support vehicles or campsites that
have APRS tracking.
4a. Anyone who is not affiliated with the race or with a team who has an
APRS tracker on the race course is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to coordinate their
tracker with me. While we may be able to accommodate other trackers on
the race course, it is not likely that we will be able to handle any
trackers along the course that are not associated with the race. You
are more than welcome to monitor the RF activity on your interactive
tracker, but we ask that you please turn your beacons off if they have
not been assigned a time slot by me.
5. We will be utilizing a race-specific path this year that will
activate only the digipeaters along the race course. We will not be
utilizing WIDE, RELAY, or WIDEn-N on any of the trackers. This will be
done to minimize the spilling over of race traffic into other local
networks, while allowing us to run a wide enough path to accommodate RF
tracking along the race course.
If you have any other questions or comments, feel free to join the group
and/or send me a private email. Thanks for your time!
Phil Pacier - AD6NH
Baker to Vegas APRS Coordinator
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