[aprssig] APRS and the solar Eclipse

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Mon Jul 10 08:57:23 EDT 2017

APRS will be used during the day of the eclipse (21 Aug) as a national
communications network for those involved in ham radio and eclipse
observations to be able to track each other and see where other nearby ham
observers are located.  Imagine the APRS map that day showing a clustering
of mobile and portable positions all along the totality line.  Please use
the station symbol SUNNY (\U) for this event so these stations will stand
out among all others on the national tracking page http://aprs.fi

In addition to this position reporting, APRS also supports real-time
messaging.  Not only will this be used by individuals for
station-to-station texting, there will also be an announcement server that
will give national connectivity for announcements. To use it, all one has
to do is send an APRS message to ANSRVR and begin the message with CQ
ECLIPSE… Such a message will be sent to every other station in the event
that has also sent a similar message.  Due to the load, limit transmissions
to no more often than once every half hour.

For other Ham Radio experiments during the eclipse please see:

Bob Bruninga, WB4APR at amsat.org
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