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[aprssig] 9600b UHF APRS IS THE FUTURE OF APRS

scott at opentrac.org scott at opentrac.org
Sun Oct 8 22:49:48 UTC 2006


For most uses, that's probably true.  Two problems with that, though.
First, you're going to pay for it.  Any company that can get away with
charging 10 cents or more for a single SMS message is going to charge you
for location services, no matter how little cost it imposes on them.
Second, it's not going to work everywhere.  This county alone has vast
stretches of wilderness where cell coverage is poor or nonexistent.  And
I've seen a lot of APRS and related systems deployed where the
infrastructure simply doesn't exist.

Yeah, a lot of users are going to stop using APRS when they can do the same
thing with commercial cell services.  But there's still going to be a need
to fill, and reasons to continue improving the system.

Scott
N1VG 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org 
> [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org] On Behalf Of wa7nwp at jnos.org
> Sent: Sunday, October 08, 2006 3:23 PM
> To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] 9600b UHF APRS IS THE FUTURE OF APRS
> 
> >   Don't believe me,  Verizon is
> >> rolling out optical connection to residences in some 
> selected cities
> >> now.
> >> I would gladly pay for an optical connection to the Internet.
> 
> 
> The future (high speed or otherwise) of APRS is...
> 
> 
> (drum roll)
> 
> 
> .. the cell phone.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> No endless discussions about paths.
> 
> No silly restrictions on encryption or message sizes.
> 
> No concerns about aloha circles or over deviation.
> 
> No gnashing of teeth over too frequent position reporting.
> 
> 
> It's happening as we watch.  We saw it on here this week.
> 
> 73
> Bill - WA7NWP
> 
> 
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