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[aprssig] Marathon support with APRS

Jason Rausch jason at ke4nyv.com
Mon Oct 9 22:31:52 UTC 2006

Did you have any kind of central "gathering place" for
runners when they came in and spectators?  When we did
the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach, Va, we had a
start/finnish line/pavillon where we could put a LCD
projector.  We projected the map on the wall, about
30' wide for friends and family to see where the lead,
tail end, support crews and any other key movers were
on the course.  Worked very well.  We even had
trackers on the pick up cars.  Anytime there was a
call for a pickup, at a glance we could see which
pickup vehical was closest to the drop-out. 
Streamlined the whol operation.

My personal suggestion is, no matter the public event,
if you look hard enough, you can find a use for APRS.

Jason KE4NYV
RPC Electronics

--- William McKeehan <mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net>

> I know some of you have used APRS as part of the
> communications plan for
> marathon and other foot race events.
> I would like to know how you used APRS at these
> events.
> I worked a 17 mile off-road foot race this past
> weekend and did not see that
> APRS would have been of much value to the
> communications network.
> -- 
> William McKeehan
> Internet: mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net
> http://mckeehan.homeip.net
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