On July 18th 2010, OD5KU, Elie, left OD Land to Europe by plane and joined with friends to pick up their bikes that were shipped earlier by sea container. Tracking started on the 19th the same day they took delivery of their bikes.
It was with deep sorrow that we tracked John, OD5RW's car being stolen and taken to the Bekaa on July 10th 2010. APRS stopped on the highest peak at 1800m before the theives dropped to the other side of the mountain. The tracking was possible thanks to the 5B land digipeaters and server. The track and route stored on aprs.fi helped the authorities to catch the mob 3 days later when they used the same road to smuggle other cars. John's car unfortunatly has not been found to date.
The Lebanon server has been moved back to Tabarja on the 14th of July 2010
OD5RW-6 in Bteddine has been dismantled for good this time.
OD5RW-3 Maad is down since that last disastrous lightning strike that took away radio, TNC, Power supply, and even electric cables in the walls off.
OD5SX-5 iGATE in the north of Lebanon is online again after being fixed by Nabil on his last visit OD5 land
OD5KU-3 is down from time to time because of battery failure. The radio seems to go to 145.000 when power is recycled.
Jabal Safi Digipeater is finally online thanks to the efforts of OD5TR, OD5RW and OD5KU. The coverage is amazing ranging from TYR, Western Bekaa, Faraya, Ballouneh, Ras Beirut.
The Bteddine Digipeater that stopped during the last storm was repaired by changing the final power module of the radio. The digi's test were completed. Awaiting OD5KM to install it back in Bteddine once he has the time.
The first SATGATE in the region is finally up. Now we can extend the coverage by digipeating packets from the international space station (ISS) whenever it is over Lebanon.
The APRS clinic held on the 2nd of February was a success. Those who attended took a real bite in the APRS field. For those who missed it, they can still contact us for private "APRS coffee breaks"
The Photo Gallery of this site has been updated.
Bekaa Digipeater is packed-up and ready to be sent to the town of KAMED in the western Bekaa with a line of sight to Zahlé. We are waiting for OD5UT to come back from JY land to install it.
Hamraft: OD5RW is preparing a raft that will be left drifting in the mediterranean while transmitting information about it location, speed, visibility and the temperature of the water. Tests will start in April. All help concerning powering the raft with continuous 12V 1000mA is welcome.
Our main AIM was, and still is, to cover the whole OD5 land with APRS.