[aprssig] APRS Link

Herb Gerhardt hgerhardt at wavecable.com
Mon Sep 18 11:48:41 CDT 2006

The intent of the APRSLink feature was to allow APRS users to be able to
send and receive email while in remote areas where they do not have access
to a computer or the internet.

If those are available like when you are at home or in the office, the
notification feature of APRSLink, notifying you on APRS when you have mail
in your Winlink mailbox is still a very handy feature which does not use any
appreciable RF.  When I receive notification on APRS from WLNK-1 that I have
x messages, and I am at home, I open the AIRMAIL program and connect via the
Telenet Client, read my email and tend to it as required.  I do not use any
air time at all while at home.

This APRSLink feature is really a nice feature but keep in mind, that it
should not be used when you have other means of accessing your Winlink
email.  This is especially true in the high APRS usage areas which don't
need the additional traffic but when there is no other means of accessing
the Winlink email, it sure does come in handy.  When you are out in the
boonies (the low APRS usage areas) then again it does not present an RF
problem on APRS since RF is very sparse in those areas.

APRSLink is a neat feature but let's not abuse it.

Herb, KB7UVC
NW APRS Group, West Sound Coordinator
Our WEB Site:  http://www.nwaprs.info

> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
> [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of John Habbinga
> Sent: Monday, September 18, 2006 9:13 AM
> To: bruninga at usna.edu; TAPR APRS Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRS Link
> Actually I've been using APRSLink with D-STAR and UI-View32.  I
> usually write out my email with notepad in the format required by
> APRSLink, then paste the message lines into the UI-View 'Text' field.
> Sending the message takes minimal airtime since I'm not using a
> digipeater with my configuration and since the gateway computer is in
> a tall building in the middle of town, I can send and receive APRSLink
> messages from anywhere in the county.  It is much better than using
> the one-liner email and I can receive an email if I need to.
> It would be nice if someone could come up with an APRSLink plug-in
> interface for UI-View32 that would parse a paragraph into the
> individual send lines and be able to reassemble a received email to
> make it easier to read.
> On 9/18/06, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
> > It is important to note that the APRSlink system was
> > Designed to allow a D700 or D7 HT user to send and
> > Receive his WinLink or regular Email using only the
> > Radio and not even need a PC.  This is not immediately
> > Obvious on the APRSlink web page.

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