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APRS and SAR

This weekend WSAR was able to successfully track our Division Leaders while providing communications and FA support of the FL...

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APRS and SAR
Mon. Jul 4th 2016

This weekend WSAR was able to successfully track our Division Leaders while providing communications and FA support of the FLRC Finger Lakes Fifties. This allowed the command post to see who was closest to the check point in need of supplies or help. It also eliminated alot of radio traffic as IC was aware of locations. This was a item WSAR started to play with over 15 years ago, however with new technology and a better understanding of APRS this is now a useful devise. Although not showing up on the maps we were also able to track our GATOR and see the location in the command post.

Tracking devises consisted of a Kenwood TMD700 with an E-Trex GPS in a ammo can for 7S532 (KC2GES). For 7S501 (Team Coordinator) vehicle we were able to utilize a Byonics Tiny Trak 4 with a Byonics magentic mount GPS interfaced to an Alinco 2 Meter Mobile. This again was in a ammo can. For the Gator we utilized a TT3, E-Trex GPS and an Alinco 2 Meter HT again in a small ammo can. 

In MCU 4 we were able to utilize our new FTM400DR radio interfaced to a Samsung Tablet running and APRS app to track locally. As Cell Phone access is limited this is the preffered method of tracking units.

The plan is to continue to refine these units and use at multiple non emergency events until they are 100%.

This could not be possible without thanking a true pioneer in this technology Adam Bronstein (K2AMB). He joined the team many years ago and was very instrumental in getting APRS on Pompey Hill and giving our team the thought of being able to use APRS for SAR. Over the years Adam moved on and other members tried to make this stuff work. Although a slow process we are happy to be at the point we are.

 

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