[aprssig] Help needed with APRS event
ag4ac at netscape.com
Thu Feb 24 09:25:03 CST 2005
Howdy folks. On Sunday, April 17th, the Cheaha Challenge Bike Marathon
will take place here in Eastern Alabama. The course starts in
Piedmont, alabama, runs southward to up and over and past Mount Cheaha
Alabama (highest point in Alabama), and turns around and goes back to
Piedmont the same route. Total 104 mile trip for the bicyclists. This
event draws 450-600 riders from 12-16 different states each year. Last
year I had over 40 HAM'S helping out, and this year, I'll need more. We
incorporated APRS on an experimental basis last year, and it worked
well. So, this year, I could really use more APRS operators and
equipment. Here's an overview of what I could use help with APRS-wise
(a new word??):
Mobile patrols - I usually try to put at least 3 mobile patrol vehicles
per zones, 3 zones, on the course. Last year I had 3 vehicles APRS
equipped and it was a big help.
Net Control - Our NCS is set up at our county 9-1-1 office. We work
along side the 9-1-1 folks who provide the Public Service communications
support. We have 2 NCS operators for North and South sector repeaters
and a back-up/relief operator manning the NCS. Full terrain maps
covering the entire course, marked with mile markers etc are set up at
NCS. This year, I have been promised two Kenwood TM-D700A's for the NCS
radio's. All an APRS operator need do is bring a laptop along and off
Bike shop support - there are four Bike Shop mobiles that provide
on-course assistance for the participants. Last year we had HAM's in
all but one vehicle. If I could get portable APRS operators with GPS
and say TM-D7A's on board in these vehicles, we can send the closest and
most available bike shop right to the stranded cyclist that much quicker.
Sag wagon support - It goes without saying that a tracker in the sag
vehicles will help send one to the closes cyclists that have bowed out
of the event.
Additional help- There are 5 rest stops along the way. While we have
HAM's at these points, APRS would be a nice luxury at these points wo
help with digi messaging ref re-supply needs and to show interested
parties the course on a digital map etc. Definitely a last fill-in type
thing there, as there would be more pressing needs for APRS equipment.
another help would be D-700 equipped vehicles acting as mobile relay
digis for the event. We have on digipeater on top of Mount cheaha and
hope to have one up at the north end of the course before the event. If
not, a portable digi would definitely be helpful.
Well, that about covers what we're trying to accomplish down here. If
you're interested in helping and/or want more info, you can email me off
sig at ag4ac at netscape.com , or telephone me at 205-472-3947. I don't
have voicemail or answering machine at the house but usually always
answer my phone if I'm there unless it's a no caller ID or such (I hate
telemarketers :-) ).
Look forward to hearing from you folks soon, and thanks for your time.
Keith Allen, AG4AC
Cheaha Challenge Amateur Communications Coordinator
More information about the aprssig