[aprssig] Sending messages from the keyboard.

Bruce & Leigh Coates bruce.coates at sasktel.net
Thu Sep 15 13:23:56 CDT 2005

Hi Keith

I agree that the idea situation would be that every participant was using an 
APRS client.  What we're simulating in this exercise is what can be done if 
you find yourself in an area with hams that have never used APRS but have 
packet capability.  We want to test and demonstrate how they can be included 
in an ad-hoc emergency plan.

In fact, because of the timing, I may not be able to give him the 
instructions for configuring his home station for digipeating and his 
portable station for messaging until I'm within simplex radio range, about 
50 km.  After all, emergencies don't call ahead, so neither will I.  ;-)

73 Bruce

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "VE7GDH" <ve7gdh at rac.ca>
To: <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2005 7:00 AM
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Sending messages from the keyboard.

> Bruce VE5BNC wrote on Sept 15 2005
>> Thanks to everyone that replied.  It looks like it will work. We
>> hope to use this as a demonstration of how anyone with a packet station
>> can take advantage of APRS's capabilities during an emergency.
> That's great that you have it figured out how non-APRS stations can (if 
> they know and practise using the correct syntax) can send an APRS message, 
> but I would think it would be a lot more practical if they were "real" 
> APRS stations so they could beacon their position, and have the ability 
> both send and receive "real" APRS messages. You are talking about stations 
> that have a computer, a TNC and a radio running. The only thing you need 
> to add is an APRS client and instead of the operator having to remember 
> the correct syntax while the pressure is on, it could be as simple as 
> typing the message into a text box that will tell them how many characters 
> they are permitted, and helping them to easily determine the last heard 
> path to the destination station, or their own default path, or another 
> selected by the operator and sending it on its way. Choose your favourite 
> APRS client, but UI-View32 is available from www.ui-view.org with the only 
> thing asked being a donation to the cancer agency of your choice. There is 
> nothing wrong with innovation or experimentation or learning enough about 
> the correct syntax to send an APRS message with an otherwise non-APRS 
> enabled station, but I still think a better route would be to get the 
> packet station to just run a proper APRS program.
> Just my opinion.
> 73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
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