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[aprssig] D700 Tip. Reading Mail

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Wed Aug 1 14:43:49 UTC 2007

> Subject: RE: [aprssig] D700 Tip. Reading Mail.
> Fixed station use OK, but I hope you're not 
> advocating people do all that while driving?
> Sorry, but it had to be said...

I agree with you, that if the display of the D700 is not
properly placed, then diverting one's eyes significantly off the
drivers field of view is not recommended.  Nor is such operation
if it is distracting to the driver.

But, with the remote control head of the D700 prominantly placed
above the steering wheel and clearly in the field of view of the
driver, I have no problem with catching the occassional message
flash across the screen.

Messages are rare, and far less frequent than the number of
times that a good driver should be scanning his instruments

This is a hands-off display.  When new messages come in, they
flash on the front panel for 10 seconds.  Plenty of time to see
it without distraction to driving... Your hands never leave the

Other's mileage may vary...

Bob, Wb4APR

> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Robert Bruninga [mailto:bruninga at usna.edu] 
> > Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 4:06 PM
> > To: bruninga at usna.edu; 'TAPR APRS Mailing List'
> > Subject: [aprssig] D700 Tip. Reading Mail
> > 
> > D700 tip-of-the-week:
> > 
> > One way to improve human communicaitons on APRS is to use 
> > your D700 to read-the-mail.  That is, to join in on any
> > APRS qso's that may be in progress. 
> > 
> > Simply set a wild-card (*) in your MSG GROUP on your D7 or 
> > D700, and then your radio will receive and display ALL 
> > message traffic.  Any traffic between otehrs will show on 
> > your display but will indicate it was a "GROUP" message, so 
> > that you will know it was not really to-you, but you were 
> > just reading the "group" traffic.
> > 
> > Your message buffer may fill up pretty fast, so be sure to 
> > keep it cleared to keep room for more traffic.  I find 
> > reading-the-mail is a great way to kill time while sitting
> > the car waiting for the wife....
> > 
> > After all, APRS is all about fostering human communications 
> > on ham radio in the local area...
> > 
> > Bob, WB4APR
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