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VaQP 2022 APRS Mobile Tracker

I’ve activated my VaQP APRS Tracker map for 2022. It’ll run thru contest weekend. I’ll only track the call signs (-SSID) of VaQP participants who email me (k1ra@k1ra.us) before 10A contest morning with their full APRS call sign (ex: K1RA-4). You can check out the map link below. During the competition it automatically updates station locations every 60 seconds and reloads the entire map page every 10 minutes. The map is now displaying all active APRS mobile and portable call signs who’ve registered with me for VaQP 2022.  See:

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

Click on a blue push pin (single call), or colored circle number (cluster of calls) to expand for more information about the VaQP mobile or portable station’s details for a given area. Every 10 minutes the tracker will automatically re-focus and zoom in on the map to only show the active VaQP APRS call signs within the last 60 minutes. You can also click on any colored county or independent city for its 3-letter VaQP abbreviation and name.

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.

 

Stations using Android phone, grab APRSDroid (free and tested) https://aprsdroid.org/download/ or other APRS-IS compatible Android apps. iPhone users purchase the APRS TX IOS app which seems to be the least expensive app and supports APRS-IS.  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.

Once you have the smartphone app, be sure to get your APRS pass code at https://apps.magicbug.co.uk/passcode/ by entering just your call sign and retrieving the 4-5 digit code.  Enter into the smart phone APRS app so your location is sent through the internet for my server to detect and plot you on the VaQP APRS map.

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”, “CQ VQP”, etc. 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 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 APRS Map Tracker URL above and this post’s URL 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 (KW4VA/M in VaQP 2022 running 2-ops 2-TX on 80m thru 23cm SSB, CW & FM)

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