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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB031 (2002)

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ARLB031 Second Precision Emergency Automated Position Reporting
system test set

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ARRL Bulletin 31  ARLB031
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  June 5, 2002
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB031 Second Precision Emergency Automated Position Reporting 
system test set

The Air Force Research Lab, Rome (New York) Research Site, is
conducting an experiment using Amateur Radio operators as an
auxiliary line of defense against aircraft disasters. The Precision
Emergency Automated Position Reporting System (PEAPRS) test is being
carried out in conjunction with the annual Team Patriot exercise.
The ARRL is co-sponsoring the test.

The first of two aircraft flights this week occurred June 4, and a
second will take place on or before June 8. The aircraft will
transmit an APRS distress message on 144.39 MHz, using the call sign
WA2ZXS. Amateurs receiving the message are requested to e-mail
peaprs@rl.af.mil detailing the time, characteristics of the message
received and the method they used for reception--whether direct, via
digipeater, via wide relay, the Internet or other means.

Those lacking e-mail capability may participate by calling their
observation info into the PEAPRS Command Center at 315-330-7444.

The exercise will attempt to measure the timeliness and accuracy of
the amateur reports received. Participating amateurs will qualify
for a special certificate from ARRL recognizing their efforts.
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