[aprssig] Army/Navy/AF MARS

Joel Black w4jbb at charter.net
Mon Aug 30 07:01:29 EDT 2004


I'm an Army MARS member.  MARS callsign is AAV4WA. 

Joel B. Black
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From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
On Behalf Of Robert Bruninga
Sent: Friday, August 27, 2004 11:51 AM
To: aprssig at lists.tapr.org
Subject: [aprssig] Army/Navy/AF MARS

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
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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