Sunday, May 31, 2009

Google Wonder Wheel gets "kc8nno" call sign search correct

I noticed that the Google Wonder Wheel feature got my amateur radio call sign "kc8nno" search correct with the spokes being "ham radio operator", "weather spotter", "oregon oh", "dayton hamvention", "lucas county" and "aprs fi".

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

About NW Ohio Live Services: "Live Mapping (APRS)"

This is the fourth entry of a series of seven blog entries that will provide additional details surrounding all the elements at NW Ohio Live Services (

Today's topic is the "Live Mapping (APRS)" component (

The Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) is an amateur radio based system for real time tactical digital communications of information of immediate value in the local area. In addition, all such data is ingested into the APRS Internet system (APRS-IS) and distributed globally for instant access. In addition to messages, alerts, announcements and bulletins, the most visible aspect of APRS is its map display. Anyone may place any object or information on their map and it is distributed to all maps of all users in the local RF network or monitoring the area via the Internet. Any station, radio or object that has an attached GPS is automatically tracked. Other prominent map features are weather stations, alerts and objects and other map related amateur radio volunteer activities including Search and Rescue and signal direction finding.

The Live Mapping APRS (Amateur Automatic Packet Reporting System) feature on NW Ohio Live Services is made possible by the APRS-IS network and (Google Maps APRS) as well as all of the stations that provide RF APRS digipeaters and gate RF APRS traffic to the Internet. Find me on APRS via at*

This concludes the in depth look at the details surrounding the Live Mapping (APRS) element. Stay tuned for the next topic which will cover the Live Mapping (AIS) component in more detail.

(About NW Ohio Live Services - Blog Entry 4-A of 7)

2009 NW Ohio Live Services

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ham Radio in the spot light for Glass City Marathon support

The Lucas County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and ham radio are in the spot light this year for providing Glass City Marathon radio communications support. The marathon race was held on Sunday, April 26th, 2009 and race day weather was much warmer than normal. Ham radio operators worked from various fixed and mobile locations all along the 26 mile marathon race course that crossed through both Lucas County and Wood County in the Greater Toledo Ohio area.

This year thanks to Jim Duggan, KD8CIJ, ARRL Public Information Officer for Ohio ARES District One, we also had plenty of media coverage and articles high lighting our ham radio communications support role.

Local Toledo television station WTOL Channel 11 featured two live shots and on air interviews regarding ARES support and ham radio on their Your Day Friday, April 24th, 2009 morning program:

The American Radio Relay League's national weekly ARES electronic "E-Letter" newsletter on May 20th, 2009 features a "Hams Rally for Glass City Marathon" article:

And the Ohio ARRL website includes a more detailed article with additional pictures from marathon race day operations:

Thanks go out to all the Lucas County ARES members who volunteered, including those operators from Wood County, Hancock County, and Monroe County (Michigan) that came out to help as well. And special thanks to Rick Sharpe, K8RKS, our ARES Race Coordinator from Lucas County.

Photo by KD8CIJ: Jeff Pryor (KC8NNO) Handles radio traffic for race officials / ARES Net Control--Command Center in background.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Heading down to Dayton Hamvention on Saturday

Hello all,

I'm heading on down to Dayton Ohio for Hamvention 2009 tomorrow. I'll be going via the Toledo Mobile Radio Association (TMRA) charter bus with about 50 other local ham radio operators. Follow our progress while enroute and returning via the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) at and watch for me walking around Hamvention at also via APRS. You may also see my relative location via Google Latitude. Also feel free to follow me on Twitter at for some mobile updates during the day.


Monday, May 4, 2009

I am determined to tweet my Twitter more often

Hello all. I am determined that I will tweet on my Twitter account more often. I now have Twitter on my Windows Mobile phone and can access via mobile web, and have TweekDeck up for real time access while at home. So along with occasional posts on ScanMiamiValley I'll have other random tweets via my personal account.

Follow me on Twitter at:

What is this Twitter thing: