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

Patrick winston at winston1.net
Fri Apr 6 21:37:14 UTC 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.

p

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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