March 21, 2014
Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ
by Tom, W8TK
APRS - What and Why
Presented by Bob Stephens AF9W
APRS the Automatic Position Reporting System is more than just a way to track your vehicle or report weather. In this presentation Bob will talk about how APRS can be used to provide tactical information during public service events and the hardware and software available for implementing APRS - from used TNC's to today's Smartphones and tablets.
Bob was licensed in 1978 after a short stint as a CB'er. His primary interests are HF CW both ragchewing and contesting, QRP radios, and public service. He is the ARRL Emergency Coordinator for Oro Valley. He is part of the PC OEM Communications Team and the communications coordinator for the Tucson American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure Bike Ride. He participates as a communicator at the 24 Hours of the Old Pueblo, El Tour de Tucson, and Old Pueblo 50 Run and other events as they come up. During the summer in Washington state he participates in Summits on the Air which combines ham radio with hiking.
Besides operating amateur radio Bob enjoys elmering new hams and helping experienced hams with new technologies. As a member of the CW Operators Club he is a CW Academy Advisor for beginning CW operators.
There are many opportunities to provide public service in Southern Arizona. Here is a partial list. Specific requests for help will be communicated via email. If you would like to volunteer for any of these events reach out to the event contact listed below.