[aprssig] Army/Navy/AF MARS
bruninga at usna.edu
Fri Aug 27 15:01:23 EDT 2004
Not on this subject, but I am going to the regional
conference tomorrow and will discuss it there...
>>> wb4gcs at amsat.org 8/27/04 2:44:57 PM >>>
Have you talked with Bo Lindfors, CHFNAVMARCORMARS? If not, I can get
you in tough with him.
wb4gcs at amsat.org
Robert Bruninga wrote:
>In the past, I have tried to find a way to involve APRS
>in the Army/Navy/AF MARS volunteer groups so that
>we can use APRS to facilitate those volunteer efforts.
>I think I now have a workable solution... If you are a
>MARS member, active or inactive, please send me a
>note OFF SIG... thanks.
>In the past, there were several problems with implementing
>APRS in support of MARS:
> * Lack of critical mass to build a MARS only APRS system
> * Lack of Frequencies
> * Lack of a mission or purpose
> * Cross service ID issues (Amateur-X-MARS)
>But as MARS moves more into emergency comms in
>support of home land security, the mission is becoming
>better defined and so I think it is time to look at this again.
>I want to be able to see a MAP of MARS assets and
>stations, their movement and activity. But since many
>of the individual HAMS we see every day on APRS are
>also volunteers in the MARS organizations, all we need
>is a way to identify them.
>Previously, I had suggested that we encourage MARS members
>to add something like NMARS or AMARS to their Position
>Comment text so that we could see who are the MARS people
>on our APRS maps. But mingling amateur calls and MARS calls
>is not a good idea...
>SO, TODAY's idea is to simply build an off-line cross reference
>file that MARS members can use that will take the existing
>APRS map and then cross reference and on demand, only
>display LOCALLY on that PC, the MARS assets...
>Soo, I need to build a list to seed this idea and
>also to see if there are enough APRS MARS members
>to make the effort worthwhile...
>de WB4APR, Bob
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