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[aprssig] Weather Alert Network on APRS

Eric Christensen eric at christensenplace.us
Sun Apr 29 22:46:24 UTC 2007


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A few years ago I brought this idea to the SIG but didn't get much
response.  I wanted to throw this idea out, again, to see if anyone had
any ideas/opinions on this idea.

So here's the setup.  A local I-Gate is setup to gate out weather
bulletins (warnings and advisories) from our local NWS office.  Because
the I-Gate isn't in the logical center of the NWS area of responsibility
(AOR) he can either send out the data to a path that will either drop
the information short of reaching all the affected areas OR he can
extend his path which will then "spam" the next AOR with information
they really don't need to see, strategically speaking.

We ATTEMPTED to get the sysops of our digipeaters to add "WXMHX" (MHX is
our local weather service office) into their UIDIGI field to create our
own weather network, thus preventing this information from going to far
and making sure that it gets to where it needs to get.  For the most
part this idea has worked really well but because some sysops chose not
to include this in their programming the network is somewhat limited (we
have quite a few sysops around here that aren't users of APRS).

I was wondering if anyone has done something similar to this and how it
has worked on your end.  I could see something similar to this being
implemented within the US which would allow I-Gates to send out this
possible life-saving information without crowding neighboring networks
that don't have a need for this information.

73s,
Eric W4OTN (ex KF4OTN)
AEC Newport SKYWARN
www.mhxskywarn.org



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