[aprssig] APRS Icons on Garmin Receivers

Robbie, wa9inf mwrobertson at comcast.net
Sun Feb 11 07:36:30 CST 2007

I for one have made several qso's due to "Voice Alert" that I would not 
have made on some of my trips out of town.. My status report, or others, 
is useless unless you have a laptop displaying who are around you. It is 
just too dangerous to relying on the D7/D700's display for observing who 
is near you...

My status/comment info basically has only resulted in a few calls on my 
"listening" frequency from base stations.. I think more contacts could 
easily be made if more mobiles would use the Voice Alert while 
traveling. When I have used the laptop running UI-View hooked up to my 
KPC3+ tracker in the trunk, I've made a few contacts by seeing mobiles 
and calling them on their listening frequency, and they were quite 
shocked that a nearby mobile called them!

I would advise though, that using a laptop/GPS display and watching the 
screen while driving, is not really a safe way to travel without 
exercising extreme caution!


P.S.  NO base stations should have Voice Alert activated

Scott Miller wrote:

>>matter (has *anyone* ever made a random voice alert contact?  It  
>>seems to be far easier to work rare DX than to talk to another APRS  
>Better to use the GPS display to see when someone's coming, IMHO.
>Especially when you can check the waypoint comments and see if they have a
>calling frequency listed.

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