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VaQP 2019 APRS Mobile Tracker

Starting Friday March 15 through VaQP weekend I’m only tracking the call signs listed below. You can check out my VaQP 2019 APRS Mobile Tracker map link below. It automatically updates every 2 minutes:

http://www.k1ra.us/vaqp-aprs/

Here are the following calls which may be active this VaQP: KG4NXT-5, KI4FW-7, KX4O-9, K4OUR-9, W3JRD, KJ4OAP-9, K1TPN-9, KK4ZUU-9, KN4FTT-9, AK2M-6, N8PSI-4, K4JTN-9, KN4GDX-5, KN4GDX-13, W4GO-7, KN4JIM, K3FRG-5, K3FRG-7, KI4ZKJ-10 (K4G/M), AI4SV-6, KG3V-10, NB3A and K1RA-10.

Email me (Andy K1RA k1ra@k1ra.us) with your call and -SSID if you wish to participate in this experiment! I’m hoping that any stations who will be going mobile or portable during this year’s VaQP contest will consider running APRS either on 2m FM on 144.390 MHz or better yet via internet on their smart phones using something like APRSDroid (free) https://aprsdroid.org/download/ or other APRS-IS compatible Android app or iPhone apps. NOTE APRS.FI app does NOT work directly with the APRS-IS network so it will not work with my VaQP map. Apps MUST be able to send packets to APRS-IS server network for my map to detect and plot a call sign.

Note, if your APRS app or TNC allows for a comment or message field in your APRS GPS broadcast, please enter something useful like “VAQP” as I will catch it and display it when someone clicks on your call sign marker on the map. Other text might be your status, i.e. on-the-air, in route, current county, off-air, ETA to next QTH, bands, etc. but no specific frequency as that may violate the contest self spotting rules.

If you know of any other mobile (or portable) VaQP stations who will have or can take APRS, encourage them to do so and contact me ASAP. Also, please email the Tracker URL above to your clubs and local groups so they can watch and track stations as they travel.

By the way, the difference between my map and www.aprs.fi or www.aprsdirect.com is that I’m overlaying the Va counties and independent cities so we can see when a particular mobile station reaches a new C&IC.

Email any comments, questions or suggestions to k1ra@k1ra.us

73

andyz – K1RA

11 comments to VaQP 2019 APRS Mobile Tracker

  • Tom

    I plan to use APRS (APRSDROID on smart phone) any time I am Mobile/Portable for VAQP this year. That will most likely be on Sunday. I plan to test it this weekend, but will probably again show up as KG3V-10

  • Thanks. Android app downloaded. Could you please add AI4SV-6 to your list?

    We’ll be camped on a mountain at the intersection of Amherst, Rockbridge, and Nelson Counties if all goes well. We plan on activating one at a time. To get the right county to show up, can I send the active county as text, or do I need to displace the GPS coordinate a bit into the respective county to get it to show up correctly?

    From the summit, I had edge connectivity, so hopefully the phone will work. We’ll also have VHF, so sending via radio is also possible, if there are digipeaters in range.

    73
    Jack
    AI4SV

    • k1ra

      Jack as long as your GPS is showing the correct lat/lon the icon or marker that represents your call (AI4SV-6) will display in the correct county on the map. APRS does have a free form text field, so feel free to put in there whatever you like, county name, ON-THE-AIR, Active on 75m, etc. You just cannot list a specific frequency. Good luck!

    • Jack, APRS from RF in that area should work well. GL. 73, kk4zuu (kk4zuu.blogspot.com)

  • Greg

    Hi Andy — As with last year, I’ll be transmitting on APRS as KI4ZKJ-10; working VAQP as K4G/M.

    73,
    Greg
    KI4ZKJ

  • Rick Cincotta

    Sorry to be so late, Andy. I plan to be out on Sunday (if all goes well) as KI4FW/M. APRS call is KI4FW-7.

    73, Rick KI4FW

  • KN4TDD

    I’ll have my D74a on tomorrow if anyone is near the SW loop of Leesburg – KN4TDD-1. (I’m learning the APRS configs of my radio so if you can find my pin – please let me know)

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