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[aprssig] Where to from here for APRS ?

Joe Della Barba joe at dellabarba.com
Mon Oct 30 15:24:54 UTC 2006

About impossible for most of them. Very few can be set to run on 
anything but marine VHF channels and both DSC and AIS protocols are 
significantly different than APRS. There are a few Icom marine radios 
that can do 2 meters, but they have no GPS or data capability.

David W. Barrow III wrote:
> Joe,
>    How hard would it be to modify a marine radio to APRS?
> Dave, N9UNR
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Joe Della Barba" <joe at dellabarba.com>
> To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
> Sent: Monday, October 30, 2006 8:17 AM
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] Where to from here for APRS ?
>> IMHO APRS will eventually meet the same fate as 2 meter repeaters and 
>> autopatch. There was a time when phone calls made up a large amount 
>> of repeater traffic. Right now I would guess repeater traffic of ANY 
>> kind is about 90% off of what we had in the Balt-DC area in the mid 
>> 1980s.
>> Already I can pay an extra fee and Verizon will let me use the GPS 
>> embedded in my phones to do APRS like tracking.
>> See http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/splash/chaperone/index.jsp. 
>> The main uses of APRS will then be applications where a cell phone 
>> just won't work (aircraft, balloons, middle of nowhere) and as an 
>> emergency fallback. For some reason we have also been crippled by 
>> outdated hardware. A mapping GPS/Radio/TNC combo is available to 
>> marine, FRS, and GMRS users but not to hams. Perhaps no manufacturers 
>> see APRS lasting long enough to be worth investing in?
>> 73
>> Joe N3HGB
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