99 US Naval Academy Football Run
Bob Bruninga, WB4APR
130 midshipmen from the 13th Company ran the Army/Navy game football from Annapolis to arrive at the stadium in Philadelphia this morning for kickoff. The Satellite Lab maintained comms with the runners using GPS, APRS and SSTV relayed in part by the AEROSPACE department's Satellite Simulator installed thursday night 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 next photo shows the gang at Oxford Fire Station, which is used as a forward staging area. Time is about 2230.
The above street maps only showed the Football position. The following map ran javAPRS live and showed all amateur radio APRS stations participating. Since the ball has arrived, it is now showing a replay of the event.
|zooms up/down (you may also use PGup/dn)|
|List stations, Show Status or Messages to Java console|
|Centers or Zooms map on clicked location|
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 last year's 1998 Photos). Here's this years:
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)
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