WA8LMF Mirror of WB4APR Website - 21 July 2008 APRN Annapolis

US Naval Academy Football Run 2000

Bob Bruninga, WB4APR

UNDERWAY at 1230 Friday 1 Dec 2000 headed up route 2. There was a brief pause for 5th/6th period classes but the run continued at 1530.


AMBUSHED! At 1620 in Severna Park, ARMY mauraders failed to take the ball!


BACKGROUND: On 1 Dec 2000, 130 midshipmen from the 13th Company ran the Army/Navy game football from Annapolis to the stadium in Baltimore. The Satellite Lab maintained comms with the runners using GPS, APRS and SSTV relayed in part by the AEROSPACE department's Satellite Simulator installed on top of the Gate 8 water tower. The street maps below showed the current position of the ball every 2 mins. Followed by live KEN-CAM photos from along the route.



The above street maps only showed the Football position. The following map runs javAPRS live and showed all amateur radio APRS stations participating. Since the LIVE event is over, this map is showing a REPLAY of the event.

javAPRS Commands (Case Insensitive)
U or D
zooms up/down (you may also use PGup/dn)
L, S, or M
List stations, Show Status or Messages to Java console
CTRL or ALT-click
Centers or Zooms map on clicked location
Arrow keys
scrolls map

Remote Amateur Radio Ken-Cam LIVE Images:

The following section was updated in real time* via amateur radio link whenever new images were received from the lead vehicle. Most images were taken by the handheld Ken-Cam during changes in runners at each of the legs. (Also, see 1998's Photos). 1999's Photos). Here are the new photos as they came in via HAM radio:.

  • Helmet mounted GPS unit (not used this year)
  • Time Runners
  • 1100 Radio/Chase Vans
  • 1115 Runners (Before shot)
  • 1130 On top of Pendinnis Mount
  • 1145 APRS Operator
  • 1215 Runners
  • 1610 Army AMBUSH!
  • 1620 Army Ambush Standoff!
  • 1630 Handoff Team 5 to Team 6 Ruddy and Curry
  • Thanks to LT Skip Johnson for capturing these at the 7th wing Radio Club and forwarding them.

    These images are transmitted back live via Amateur radio using what is called SSTV, Slow Scan TV. HAMS have been doing this for over 30 years, but now with WEB technology, we can instantly post these live images to our WEB page too...

    APRN BACKGROUND: APRN (Automatic Picture Relay Network) is a live amateur radio channel for the transmission of remote KEN-CAM images. We can even automatically place the station on the map if he uses an attached GPS unit. Thus this APRN web page is automatic and catalogs, indexes and makes available images instantly. There is no better mechanism than APRN for diseminating real-time, in-the-field images from amateur radio operators in support of emergencies or public service events. APRN augments the worldwide APRS amateur radio position reporting and mesaging system by giving vision to remote and mobile operations.

    APRN is a concept presented by Bob Bruninga, WB4APR at the Digital Communication Conference in Chicago, 25 September 1998 and his robotic VISION system presented at the DCC in Baltimore, Sept 1997.

    Here is also a replay of the 1993 Army-Navy game football run to NJ Meadowlands(picture)

  • Return links:
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