[aprssig] APRS in Iraq?

scott at opentrac.org scott at opentrac.org
Thu Jun 26 14:14:29 CDT 2008

I just crossed that border the other day - wonder if there's anything left out there.  No shortage of bayonettes and magazines in the souvenir shops in Mostar, anyway.  And plenty of pens made of .50 BMG or 7.62mm cartridges.


From: khufford at atlanticbb.net
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List [mailto:aprssig at lists.tapr.org]
Sent: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 08:06:57 -0700
Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRS in Iraq?

  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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