Just a quick auto-introduction to the group.
This is Alan, WB5RMG - in Madison - western side of Huntsville AL.
I have had on-and-off history with APRS, but I have enjoyed AX25 since
the late 1980s... More history than you need at http://wb5rmg.somenet.net
Currently I have taken a role as Asst EC for Madison County AL, and have
grand ideas on re-vitalizing digital activities in north Alabama. I'm sure
I can learn a few things from this group, as well as maybe provide some
encouragement along the way by bragging about our successes ... /;^)
As KB4YTM posted recently, the Huntsville AL area has recently enjoyed
a presentation by Tim - N8DEU, describing his use of APRS for situational
awareness during ARES & SKYWARN activities. Our ARES/RACES group has seen
a modest increase in participation on the APRS net - with nearly a dozen
new stations. We hope this is a new trend. In the past we have had an
APRS station at the EOC, and expect that to be re-activated soon. We also
plan to activate an APRS station at the NWS forecast office as we already
have an amateur station presence for SKYWARN activities.
We are taking advantage of recent severe weather awareness to promote
the capabilities and value of APRS in tactical situations for enhanced
situational awareness. We feel that we are gaining some good ground,
as we have great support from our local Emergency Management. Everyone
can have great ideas, and that value increases when they are shared.
OK, I said "quick", but didn't say short... I rarely run out of words.
Follow me http://twitter.com/wb5rmg
(APRS == the original twitter)
# ARRL ARES Asst Emergency Coordinator
# Huntsville-Madison County, Alabama
# wb5rmg<at>arrl<dot>net @wb5rmg