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[aprssig] APRS -- Chicago to Mackinac Island sailboat race

Chris Rose kb8uih at sbcglobal.net
Tue Mar 27 10:38:18 UTC 2007


Bill,
I hope this doesn't sound stupid but why not use APRS itself to parse packets to I Gates while you sail?  Just beacon your position @ 10 minutes and let the established net of digis and gates to send your data to the net.

Chris 
KB8UIH


Bill Borgstrom wrote:
> This July about 300 sail boats will be participating in the Chicago to 
> Mackinac Island sailboat race.  This race (333 statue miles) is the 
> longest annual freshwater sailboat race in the world.  Over half the 
> fleet will carry satellite tracking units.  The trackers use the 
> Orbcomm LEO satellite system to email boat position reports to a web 
> server.  Family members (or anyone) on shore can go to a web site and 
> see the boats plotted on a chart.
>  
> A few of the sailors are also hams (myself included).  Us sailing hams 
> would like to plot our boat position reports on APRS.  I can do this 
> manually by using WinAPRS; going to station settings and manually 
> inputing boat position; then going to TCP/IP settings and connecting 
> to APRServe Network.  This works fine but I'll be racing on our boat.  
> I need to automate this process.
>  
> My plan is to receive the Orbcomm emails with our boat position 
> reports.  Parse out lat. lon. speed. heading. date and time and form a 
> raw packet.  This I'm capable of doing this.  I need help in how to 
> send the raw packet to  APRServe Network.  I would appreciate any help 
> you can give me.
>  
> Bill N9TN
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