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[aprssig] Marathon support with APRS

William McKeehan mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net
Wed Oct 11 12:38:07 UTC 2006


It sounds like you used APRS for foot races much the same way that I have used
it for bicycle events.

However, with the foot races that I have been involved with, there have been
little to no "support crews" that were mobile on the course, so there has not
been much to track. We did trail the lead runner and last runner, but I was
looking to see if there was more to track.

Thanks for the ideas...I'll shake some trees and see if I can find some other
things moving on the course to put trackers on.

On Mon, October 9, 2006 6:31 pm, Jason Rausch said:
> 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
> www.ke4nyv.com
> RPC Electronics
> www.rpc-electronics.com
>
> --- William McKeehan <mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net>
> wrote:
>
>> 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
>> KI4HDU
>> Internet: mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net
>> http://mckeehan.homeip.net
>>
>> Do not go where the path may lead,
>> go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
>>      - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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William McKeehan
KI4HDU
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Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
     - Ralph Waldo Emerson




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