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[aprssig] RE: [OZAPRS] Re: SSID's

Bill Herrmann bherrman at spro.net
Mon Sep 20 03:38:45 UTC 2004


At 09:38 AM 9/19/2004 -0400, Bob Bruninga wrote:
> > I do not see why you would want to know that a station is a kenwood HT
>Becasue it is a tracker that can RECEIVE messages.

So? It isn't important to know that it's a Kenwood. It is important to know 
that it's message-capable. Let's not confuse capability with brand. (and 
don't forget that Kenwood makes non-APRS HTs)

It doesn't matter whether it's a ham toting a Kenwood HT or a ham toting 2 
HTs, a TNC, portable terminal device etc. (except that I'd say the latter 
is pretty dedicated to APRS...) What matters is whether I can send a 
message to that ham or not.

>APRSdos displays all message capable statiosn in one
>color and all others in a different color...

Which is exactly what we want. Is that on the client capability chart? I 
know I've seen new (at least I hope they were new) APRS users sending 
messages to stations (digis, TinyTrak etc.) to stations that were 
identified per the APRS spec. as non-message-capable. (Actually, did it 
myself this morning, but it was 0430, we were on the road, and I knew the 
ham in question had receive capability. Turns out he hadn't switched it on 
yet...)

Bill 






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