Re: [ScoutRadio] National Jamboree APRS Communications?
- --- In ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com, "Robert Bruninga" <bruninga@...>
> Subject: National Jamboree APRS communications
> I would like to form a team of APRS folks to see if we cannot
> fully support the National Scout Jamboree in 2010 at FT AP Hill
> in Virginia.
> We can do it.... We have the technology... We used APRS for our
> Klondike Derby. Please see how effective it is on this page:
> Do we have anyone who is on the inside that can help us see if
> this is worthwhile doing?
I like what you've done at your Klondike Derby. That sort of
transmission of scoring information looks very promising for council
and district camporees, klondikes, etc. across the country.
But unless I'm wrong, Scouts at the National Jamboree mostly wander
to whatever activity interests them as buddy pairs and not as
patrols. There is no central scoring and rotation of patrols as at
local events, but individuals get their ticket punched for
participation for individual awards. Thus I see little need for
transmission of scoring information to a central location.
That said, there might be other uses for APRS at the National
Jamboree such as tracking location of the leaders and trailers at the
fun run, etc. Also, it might make sense to have an APRS station set
up at each sub-camp for transmission and printing of messages to
Scouts that arrive at K2BSA via NTS. The hard copy messages could
then be placed in the Scouts Jambo troop's mail bin. Likewise
outgoing messages to home via NTS could be originated at each sub-
Also tracking of ambulances, etc. might make sense.
I'm sure others with more recent National Jamboree experience may
have additional ideas.