[aprssig] APRS tracking the EV Ford Focus across the USA

Patrick winston at winston1.net
Fri Apr 6 16:37:14 CDT 2012

Its hard to tell from the map on that article, but looks like they're 
more or less on the route 66 path for much of the trip.  I wonder if 
that is part of their goal, to bring up the feeling of taking an old 
fashioned road trip since they will need to make stops to charge anyway.


On 4/6/2012 4:41 PM, Bob Bruninga wrote:
> I hope some of you can help use APRS to track this Ford Focus EV from NY to
> LA next week?
> See: http://www.menshealth.com/techlust/electric-car-challenge
> The team will leave the New York International Auto Show on April 11 and
> will stop between 40 and 55 times to recharge the battery of its 2012 Ford
> Focus Electric... With each charging stop taking between 2 and 4 hours--and
> with the drivers progressing in shifts around the clock--the team expects to
> arrive at Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles ... on Earth Day, April 22.
> The team will crowd-source most of the trip, inviting readers and supporters
> to help make the record possible by offering their 240v, 40-amp outlets,
> such as those typically installed for clothes dryers...
> The team's route--extending to Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Oklahoma
> City, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, and Los Angeles, and all points in
> between--will maximize driving efficiency.
> Anyone who sees them can post an OBJECT on APRS so all else can see.  Yes,
> the Shack-potato's can see the posit direct on the above web page, but we
> want to share this event on APRS too.  It is also a good time to test our
> ability to do OBJECTS from the field on RF and to confirm our systems work
> as expected.
> For example, if the object's name is FOCUS-EV then one should be able to
> send an APRS RF message to "FOCUS-EV" and the local IGate should respond
> with an up-to-date current position for that callsign.
> But this assumes that the IGate treats OBEJCTS and STATIONS the same as
> *intended* by APRS (some don't).  We need to find these weaknesses and fix
> them.
> Bob, WB4APR
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