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[aprssig] Re: The best resolution of position from APRS

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Wed Jan 4 16:16:49 UTC 2006


> I think there are several reasons:
> 1) it is cost prohibitive..
> 2) Users refuse to pay.  THey did a total recall on
>    the first batch back in 1998 or so and only 10%
>    ever were sent back.
> 3) Thus, thinking you can fix APRS by expecting all
>     users to upgrade to the unique requirements of
>     some software will never guarantee comunications
>     compatibility.  We must keep standards and adhere
>     to them if we want everyone in the field to see the
>     same picture.

And if you introduced the ability for the radio to self-program upon
entering a new area, and to learn about IRLP nodes automatically, and if it
would show you autopatch status, net control/RACES/ARES status, and so forth
for a repeater, THEN how many people do you think would get the upgrade?  Or
buy an entirely new radio?  I KNOW a lot of ARES/RACES groups would love a
radio that could learn about portable/temporary repeaters automatically.  No
need for everyone to carry programming cheat sheets!

But Kenwood either doesn't care to innovate, or is so caught up in the 'not
invented here' attitude that they'll never take any outside input.  I
certainly got that impression about Icom, but at least they're still putting
out new radios.  As unimpressed with DSTAR as I am, at least Icom's taking
risks.

Scott
N1VG







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