[aprssig] APRS in Iraq?

khufford at atlanticbb.net khufford at atlanticbb.net
Thu Jun 26 10:06:57 CDT 2008

When the US Military was heavy in Bosina, they used APRS 
with PACCOM modems in what was called "Snow Poles".

They took about 6 foot long 6 "OD PVC Pipe, put a point on 
one end, a battery in the bottom, a TNC, a tranceiver, and 
a GPS, a a tip over/tamper switch and dropped them out of 
CH-47 helos trying to mark the "borders". Then in the base 
camps they watched the poles, when someone tried to move 
the border or take a pole, they sent out a patrol and 
tracked them down. PACCOMM had a very good powerpoint 
briefing they gave, at I think Dayton in the mid 90's.


On Thu, 26 Jun 2008 15:52:23 +0100
  "Dave Baxter" <Dave at emv.co.uk> wrote:
> That's as maybe, but that lot is probably (should be) 
>encrypted, not
> using an open for all to listen to network...
> G0WBX.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Gerry Creager [mailto:gerry.creager at tamu.edu] 
>> Sent: 25 June 2008 16:15
>> To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
>> Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRS in Iraq?
>> Rick Green wrote:
>> > On Wed, 25 Jun 2008, Matthew Stennett wrote:
>> > 
>> >> Has anyone been to Iraq and knows about operation 
>> >>
>> >> Is anyone running APRS there, on HF ? I doubt anyone 
>> be on it 
>> >> on VHF/UHF, but I guess I could get on with a SAT if 
>> anything passes by.
>> >>
>> >    Are you crazy???  I would think the LAST thing 
>> want to do is 
>> > advertise your position in a war zone?  It just may be 
>> last thing 
>> > you ever do!
>> Actually, there's likely a lot of tactical vehicle 
>> there, probably a lot inspired by APRS.  Possibly even 
>> residual VHF tac radio use.  Situational awareness on 
>> battlefield requires knowing where assets, team, and the 
>>bad guys are.
>> --
>> Gerry Creager -- gerry.creager at tamu.edu
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