Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: BSA Orienteering event on line Feb 20
BSA Orienteering event on line Feb 20
David L. Gildersleeve
Thu, 4 Feb 1999 08:54:46 -0500
Just received this notice about Scout Orienteering Camporee that will be
coming to your web browser on Feb. 20
>Date: Thu, 04 Feb 1999 00:32:03 -0500
>From: Greg Sarnecki <gsarnecki@ONLINE.EMICH.EDU>
>Subject: SMOC Annual General Meeting
>Fellow SMOCkers (ie. SE Michigan Orienteering Club),
>Just a friendly e-reminder......
>And now for a high-technology report, courtesy of Bruce McRea, which has
>some possible implications for the future of our sport:
>A BSA Orienteering event can be seen on computers worldwide Feb. 20 '99.
>If you want to see (real time) how Boy Scouts are using the digital age
>to keep from becoming lost out in the woods, visit the following web
>page at 10AM EDT on Saturday, February 20, 1999:
>If you're interested, here's what's happening. Orienteering is the
>emphasis for a Camporee at Camp Skymont, NW of Chattanooga, TN, that
>weekend. We're conjuring up a couple of challenging 5-mile orienteering
>courses, for serious & experienced Troops to enter in competition.
>They'll each have their map & compass, but we're trying to make it easy
>for them to get lost.
>We have a few Scouts in our Council who are new ham radio licensees.
>They are borrowing portable "trackers" with the help of their parents
>and other local hams. A "tracker" is a small fairly inexpensive combo
>of GPS and ham walkie-talkie. Each minute, every "tracker"
>automatically transmits a 1 second burst of digital data, which includes
>its current lat/long position, fed 1/second from the GPS. The burst is
>picked up by the nearest ham digi-peater, and then repeated literally
>worldwide. Yes, it's like the air traffic control system, but now far
>The implications of this system are screaming for Search & Rescue, or
>just Troops to carry a "tracker" when hiking in remote areas. A ham has
>to set it up, but doesn't have to be the one carrying it. Think about
>it. Anyway, this could be the first remote Scout event that could
>easily be followed at BSA HQ. Do they have the internet there yet?
>The web address above is a server maintained by an Atlanta ham, WA4DSY,
>where all the data he receives is put on the internet, for you scouters
>out there (in this case) to see, anywhere in the world.
>We adults will stay in Camporee HQ, receiving the digital info, feeding
>it automatically to our battery operated laptop computers. We'll watch
>the assigned logo of each group move around on our localized 4-mi. sq.
>Camp maps on screen, at the same time as you can see them on a map of
>the SE USA, if you're on the above internet address. Will anyone get
>lost? Tune in and see! I'll post the ham calls and logos of the
>trackers to be used, later.
>We're working on providing a digitized map of Camp Skymont for you to
>download and follow the action on our 4-mi. sq. scale. Stay tuned, and
>maybe we can have it in 2 or 3 weeks, before Feb. 20.
>The name for the system is APRS (Automatic Position Reporting System),
>and it's gaining momentum, since GPSs are now so low in price. There
>are other web addresses, with software anyone can download and then get
>streaming lat/long data from a growing no. of hams, worldwide. Find a
>ham operator friend near you for more explanation.
>YIS, Jack Wright, KC4ZEK, MC Troop 30
>Cherokee Area Council, Chattanooga, TN
Yours in Scouting,
David L. Gildersleeve
Great Sauk Trail Council
Ann Arbor, MI
Manitous Lodge 88
Adviser to the Communications Chairman
I used to be an OWL of EC-410W.