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[aprssig] APRS RFID apps?

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Wed Feb 10 14:17:05 UTC 2010


APRS RFID Hot Spots!

PROBLEM SOLVED!   I was pondering how we would possibly cover all the big doors at Dayton with APRS RFID readers and then it hit me.  We Don't have to cover the whole door.  And we only need one tiny coil...

We just put it in a 1 squarefoot bright yellow MAT with APRS in red written on it.  It is an APRS hot spot.  If you want to be seen at that location, swing your foot over the spot... DONE!!!!

What we were overlooking is that APRS hams are not passive players, they are active participants and will be happy to swing their foot over a known hot spot (or avoid it if they are not where they are supposed to be).

This solvles ALL the logistics problems I can think of.  The big breakthrough was Patrick suggesting we put the cards in our shoe, now this final breakthrough solves the range and coverage problem completely.

As to applications, I can think of nothing on earth better than Dayton.  The naysayers will say but what value is it...  And I say, because its fun to do!

APRS Hot SPots at Dayton...  Those people with APRS booths could put one in front of their table... etc..  Or at entrances to the Forums... or anywhere that APRS people might congregate...

Bob, WB4APR


---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon,  8 Feb 2010 00:24:37 -0500 (EST)
>From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org (on behalf of "Bob Bruninga " <bruninga at usna.edu>)
>Subject: [aprssig] APRS RFID apps?  
>To: aprssig at tapr.org
>
>Now that we realize we can make APRS track anyone with a $2 credit card RFID in his boot, I have been wearing this credit card in my shoe for a week and can't even tell it is there any longer (after the first hour or so...)
>
>But what for?  I had some sample ideas, and figured once we figured out how to do it, an avalanche of other applications would pop up...  But after a week or so, I'm making little progress.  Here are the only apps I have come up with:
>
>1) At clubhouse door
>2) at EOC door (city, county and state)
>3) At local HAM store
>4) At Dayton doors in each room
>5) Just for fun with a mat in front of your fleamarket space to see who walks by?
>
>Of local ham events, I also don't see an immediate app.  The hams dont move much.  The event participants do.  And they are either in the thousands (runs) or out of reach... (or already have RFID (MARATHONS).
>
>Although a few of the dedicated volunteers that show up at all EOC tests might consider it, I cant see getting more than a yawn from the rest of a club...
>
>Any other knock-em-dead apps I'm missing?
>
>Bob, WB4APR
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