WA8LMF Mirror of WB4APR Website - 21 July 2008 APRN Annapolis

US Naval Academy Football Run 2001

Bob Bruninga, WB4APR USNA Satellite Ground Station

LIVE!: On 30 Nov 2001 at 7 AM, 130 midshipmen from the 13th Company began running the Army/Navy game football 130 miles from Annapolis to the stadium in Philadelphia. The Satellite Lab and USNA Radio Club maintain comms with the runners using voice, data (GPS/APRS) and imagry relayed in part by the Naval Academy's PCsat Satellite and International Space Station's Amateur transponder . This is an annual event since 1983 (or so). See last year's Football 2000 event! As of 10 PM the tracking has been successful via both PCsat passes and one ISS pass.

ENROUTE This image was linked back at 1000 Friday 30 Nov 2001 headed up route 2.


The street maps and links below will show the current position of the football runners every 2 minutes.

  • See STREET MAP detail of the Football's position <== Always current
  • See STREET MAP detail of the Shuttle Van's position <== Always current
  • See positions heard via the USNA Satellite <== Only six brief passes tonight(needs NETSCAPE for maps)
  • See positions heard via the International Space Station <== Every 1.5 hours after 1950 EST.

    The above street maps only show the Football position. The following map ran javAPRS live and showed all amateur radio APRS stations participating or in the vicinity of the Football and Shuttle vehicles. Now this map is running a replay of the 2001 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

    The Remainder of this page is not being used this year (2001)

    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:
    SAT-STATION APRN Annapolis


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    The Naval Academy is a registered user of APRS and WinAPRS. The purpose of this web page is to show several applications currently in use at this site and should not be considered as an advertisement or an endorsement of any commercial product.

    WA8LMF Mirror of WB4APR Website - 21 July 2008