Re: [scoutradio] JOTA
- On Fri, 3 Mar 2000, E McGlen wrote:
> BobWow, think of it as digital Amateur radio. But not like one-on-one
> I am sure you will tell me I should know the answer but... please explain
> 1) what APRS is ?
> 2) how it works ?
> 3) is it expensive to purchase / set up ?
> Eric G6INK
packet, but just everyone on frequency can talk and track on their map the
position and movements of everyone else. Like a big military tactical map
display you see in James Bond all the time. Easy way to see the map
display is to go to www.aprs.net and you will see everyone in the world
live. All it is is software on your PC connected to yoru packet station.
It starts on a map of Florida, but then just go to the bottom and click on
the map of your choice. Everyone you see on that map (unless the site is
down) is showing there live. APRS is mostly a USA phenomenon but there is
a growing fledgling group in the UK.
You will also see some individual sites in Germany, Netherlands, Finland,
Japan, Tiawan, and south america. But you can zoom in all the way down to
the one mile scale and actually see where someone is standing. Not with
your browser, but if you were running WinAPRS or any of the other
versions (instead of a browser) then not only would you have great maps,
but you could also keyboard with anyone anywhere jujst by typing his
callsign. Even if he is mobile.
Mobile APRS stations need nothgin more than the new Kenood THD7 HT or D700
mobile radio. THey accept an external GPS input to konw where y ou are
and transmit that in every transmission. The displays also then show
where everyone else is too. You can send and receive text messages also.
NOT just to your local VHF range, but anywhere on the planet, since
everywhere APRS is linnked into the Interenet too....
SO much to say, so little time....
Also go to my site and see what is going on on HF aprs or any 0f many
other APRS past events...
It costs nothing to download the software from
YOu will also want to get the maps for your area. In the UK, they are
Or look around and download the WinAPRS version...
de WB4APR, Bob
- The Kennehoochee Amateur Radio Club supports the Merit Badge University at Kennesaw State University. They have approximately 100 merit badge classes and have around 1000 participants. The Club sets up a station in the Common Green at the college for scouts to participate on JOTA.
This will be my eighth year teaching the Radio Merit Badge Class.
ELDEN MORRIS, N1MN
Radio Merit Badge Counselor
Covered Bridge & Foot Hills Districts
Atlanta Area Council