[aprssig] Autonomous EMCOMM Telemetry

Kent Hufford khufford at Atlanticbb.net
Fri Mar 18 17:57:16 EDT 2016

The Bosnia SNOW POLE success story was briefed at one of the APRS forums at Dayton 96 or 97.


Poles used about 4” PVC, Cement in the bottom, with a pointed cement tip on the bottom.


Inside on the bottom was a bunch of batteries, then a PACCOM TNC, a “tilt over sensor/mover sensor”, then a 400mhz transceiver, the top had a whip antenna. 


These were used to make the border in Bosnia between warring factions. CH47 would fly along the border and a crew member would drop them out the back marking the border.


Then at base camps, they monitored on a computer the poles. They digi’d and checked in on a routine bases. But, if someone came along and tilted one, moved it, or stole it, the camp nearest sent out a couple of M1 tanks and a Bradley and tracked down the purps.







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What was in them?  Plans anywhere?




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SNOW POLES, were APRS sensor package in large PVC pipe dropped out of Ch47 helos in Bosnia in 1995.




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Date: 3/17/2016 16:35 (GMT-05:00) 
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Subject: [aprssig] Autonomous EMCOMM Telemetry 

Has anyone come up with an APRS-based environmental telemetry sensor for EMCOMM use?


Specifically...having a "sensor/APRS kit" that one could drop-or-deploy into a theater and let it beacon back telemetry that would be of use to emergency first and second responders.



*	Wind speed, wind direction, temperature, humidity ... for chemical spills or forest fires
*	Water level ... to help manage flooding
*	Air transparency ... to help manage air pollution


Either drop-and-forget (like around a forest fire) or purposefully deploy (like, ahead of a flooding event)...but with the expressed purpose of providing valued telemetry of known quality.




Ev, W2EV



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