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[aprssig] APRS web messaging

scott at opentrac.org scott at opentrac.org
Fri Aug 11 04:42:08 UTC 2006

I'm an ARRL member and I don't have an arrl.org email account.  Maybe
something in the welcome materials when I (re)joined said something about
it, but I don't recall.  I'm willing to bet many (most?) ARRL members don't
have one set up either.  And even if I didn't mind it being US-centric, I
still wouldn't want to limit it to ARRL users, or for that matter show any
bias towards those who are members.
I suppose I could make it manual - require a QSL card or photocopy of a
license.  It'd require manual intervention, but at least I'd have a heck of
a QSL card collection, and it'd be great for my son's stamp collection!  =]


From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
On Behalf Of Stan - N0YXV
Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2006 9:31 PM
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: RE: [aprssig] APRS web messaging

Couldn't you just validate people that are ARRL members? In other words if
you have an @arrl.org email account you could send the authentication to the
ARRL email account for the call sign requesting authentication? So the
person requesting an authorization code types in his/her Call sign and then
is told to check their ARRL email address for the code. The system doesn't
even give you an option to use any other email address than your ARRL
assigned email account. I know, I know it would limit the users to ARRL
members only but it's simple and I can't see any down side...other than the
requirement to be an ARRL member. Somewhat like what Google does with Gmail.
With Gmail you have to have a Cell Phone with SMS messaging to receive the
authentication code. 

-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
[mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of scott at opentrac.org
Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2006 7:55 PM
To: 'Chris Rose'; 'TAPR APRS Mailing List'
Subject: RE: [aprssig] APRS web messaging

I keep thinking about building a page like this.  I'm going to have to write
the services behind it at some point, anyway.  My biggest concern has been
avoiding unauthorized use.  How do you go about authenticating everyone,
without having some sort of labor-intensive signup process with a human
reviewing everything?
I figure you could have the system give a new user a code that must be sent
via RF into the network to authenticate themselves.  It'd be inconvenient
for the user if they're not set up for it or don't have a local IGate, but
it doesn't require intervention.


From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
On Behalf Of Chris Rose
Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2006 5:49 PM
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRS web messaging

While running aprs software, connect to the internet and send and receive
messages.  I am not aware of an existing web page.  If you find one please
pass it along.

----- Original Message ----
From: Stephen Brown Jr <stephen.brown75 at gmail.com>
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2006 10:18:23 AM
Subject: [aprssig] APRS web messaging

Just brainstorming here, I don't even know if this is possible or desirable
but hopefully someone can answer this for me. Is there a web page that
exists that I can send and receive APRS messages on? Is this technically
possible? There are ways in my head that seem like it would be possible, but
I wasn't sure if something already existed before I start poking at it
myself (yea, like I need another project) 

Thanks and 73 de N1VLV, 

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