APRS Tracker Boxes Needed!

APRS logoBruce Pigott, KC1US writes:

“The communications coordinator for the Red Cross First Aid Committee has asked for help in tracking rescue launches during the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (See also http://ema.arrl.org/article.php?sid=176.)

We are looking for seven autonomous trackers available on October 17-19 (Friday through Sunday) that can be strapped down in power boats and turned on by hams. They will be removed from the launches each night. Two receiving setups will be at Net Control and the Cambridge Emergency Operations Center. The trackers have to be mostly waterproof and use a minimum of switches. We want use a UHF channel to avoid problems on VHF. This will be an excellent opportunity to display another aspect of amateur radio to multiple public service agencies. With 7,000 rowers and an estimated 300,000 spectators, our presence is a crucial part of the event.

All suggestions about APRS use or volunteers for the event will be appreciated.

Thank you and 73,
Bruce Pigott KC1US


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