[OZAPRS] FW: [aprssig] Emergency Beacon

Richard Hoskin vk3jfk at amsat.org
Wed Dec 22 11:58:48 EST 2004

Hi Andrew,

The EMERGANCY facility in APRS is a great feature. Unfortunately UI-View
does not directly support this. However there is a UI-View add-on that
supports emergency posits. It's called APRS Emergency, an early version
(1.11) of it is available at http://www.qsl.net/iw2jzq/Download.htm There
an update (ver 1.12) that fixes a few bugs that is not on the web site. If
you need it please email me.

UI-Emergency well sound an alarm, zooms into the icon that sent the
Emergency beacon and flash a red circle around it.

Merry Christmas.

Richard VK3JFK

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ozaprs-bounces at marconi.ics.mq.edu.au [mailto:ozaprs-
> bounces at marconi.ics.mq.edu.au] On Behalf Of Andrew Rich
> Sent: Wednesday, 22 December 2004 7:59 AM
> To: Ozaprs at Marconi.Ics.Mq.Edu.Au
> Subject: [OZAPRS] FW: [aprssig] Emergency Beacon
> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
> [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of aa3jy at winlink.org
> Sent: Wednesday, 22 December 2004 5:10 AM
> To: aprssig at lists.tapr.org
> Subject: [aprssig] Emergency Beacon
> This is what I did a number of years ago as noted on the ARRL News
> When Scott Ratchford, KC5JGV, witnessed a bad accident during a
> on
> Pennsylvania's I-76 recently, he immediately grabbed his cell phone and
> called 911. When that--and several other possible combinations--failed,
> tried an emergency call on 2-meters. Again, no luck. Two people were
> trapped
> inside an overturned vehicle, and Ratchford was getting desperate. "Here
> am in the middle of who knows where, a huge snowstorm, a serious
> folks needing help, no one answering on .52!" he said in a March 8
> about the incident on the APRS Special Interest Group. "So, I switch the
> MIC-E to 7, and hit the button." This sent an emergency mike-encoder
> signal
> out over the Automatic Position Reporting System.
> Ratchford's emergency beacon was spotted by several stations who
> immediately
> contacted the Pennsylvania State Police. But the cops "don't do latitude
> and
> longitude," said Dan Velez, W4DJV, in Virginia, one of the stations
> monitoring the call. Clay Owen, AA3JY, in Pennsylvania, had better luck.
> He
> also called the state police and was able to give them references to
> and route numbers, thanks to APRS+ and the Delorme Street Atlas. "I also
> gave them the name of the individual to be contacted, thanks to QRZ
> into this program," he reported.
> APRS developer Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, was among those noting the
> call in the Pennsylvania-Maryland-New Jersey area. Bruninga notes that
> APRS-DOS will display the nearest mile marker on interstates but
> "apparently
> I missed I-76 in the database."
> Unknown to Ratchford, the message was received and understood. "Little
> I
> know that the APRS message was received, as a trooper had arrived within
> minutes of my transmission," he said. Only when the trooper asked for
> by
> name as he was about to leave did Ratchford learn that APRS had
> the message and that someone had called the police. "I left the scene
> feeling very happy about our hobby and especially our interest in APRS,"
> he
> said.
> Clay AA3JY
> (Via Winlink)
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