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[aprssig] APRS - They don't get it (over on qrz.com)

Rusty Hemenway nnn0fjk at gmail.com
Tue Aug 28 03:20:53 UTC 2007


Bob

I live in a valley in Southern California.  Some consider it a RF hole!
There are two mountain top digis that cover the valley and a lot of other
area.  We have local club meetings and ARES nets, etc that we could
advertise locally.  The local repeater just covers the town/city and not
much further.   It would make no sense to advertise thru either of the
digis.   

What would you consider I could do to advertise the nets/club meetings
locally?   We also  have the President Regan library in the town and get a
lot of visitors.  It might be worthwhile to advertise a local repeater for
visitors to the library.  

Rusty K1GGS

-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
On Behalf Of Robert Bruninga
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2007 3:52 PM
To: 'TAPR APRS Mailing List'
Subject: RE: [aprssig] APRS - They don't get it (over on qrz.com)

> ... One poster claims APRS is packet radio stripped 
> of it's most useful features...

For what it is worth, I actually can see to some degree why so
many  people think APRS is of little value, because it is
frustrating to me too. Over the last many years, APRS seems to
be presented to others as nothing but a vehicle tracking system
(TRANSMITTING positions).  SO that is what people see.

That was never the focus of APRS!  It was supposed to be just
the opposite!  It is supposed to be about *situational
awareness* and information exchange, RECEIVING information about
all aspects of HAM radio going on about you.  Tune into APRS,
and you should be the most informed possible about everything
going on right now in your immediate area...

I am really trying to get APRS back to that baseline.  That is
why I worked so hard about getting Frequency into the packets,
so now you can SEE what frequency someone is on, so you can
contact them.  The D710 will do this for us.  I am also pushing
to get IRLP, EchoLink and Winlink objects on your local displays
so you are always informed what is around you no matter where
you are.

There is plenty of room for these LOCAL packets if we get people
to cut back on all the out-of-area-SPAM.  Why do I need to see a
BRAG object about a repeater that is 150 miles and a whole state
away from me?  These objects should be only transmitted local
direct.  Only where they can be used...
Tell those folks over on that discussion to visit this page and
see a part of where APRS is supposed to be:

http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/localinfo.html

But all the servers are now down due to a storm damage, so
google it and see if there is an archive copy available until
this system gets back up.

Bob, WB4APR




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