[aprssig] Voice Aert redux

Ken Cechura kc9umr at freqradio.com
Sun Feb 11 09:11:13 CST 2007

The problem with voice alert is the stations who turn on the PL, but never
listen.  There's several here in St. Louis who are guilty of it, even i have
been (turned the volume down because the BRRRRRPPP! gets annoying when you
KNOW who it is and KNOW they're not listening).
It's a good idea, but maybe only for long drives???


From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
On Behalf Of Wes Johnston, AI4PX
Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2007 9:05 AM
To: bruninga at usna.edu; TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Voice Aert redux

I have made more contacts that I can remember over voice alert.  The last
was a VE3 station travelling near savannah GA in the opposite direction as
me.  Neither one of us knew any local repeaters so we just exchanged names
and destinations before getting too far apart.  But it is _always_ exciting
to hear the brrrrrappppp on some long stretch of road. 

On 2/11/07, Robert Bruninga <HYPERLINK
"mailto:bruninga at usna.edu"bruninga at usna.edu> wrote: 

> >... (has *anyone* ever made a random voice alert contact?
> > It seems... easier to work... DX than... another APRSuser. 
> I have made two or three -- in the past -- oh -- say -- 6
> or 8 years!  Lee Dahlen was one, Bob Bruninga was another.
> And in the middle of nowhere, too!

That's the joy of APRS Voice Alert.  If someone is there and 
within 2 or 3 miles of you, you cannot miss the opportunity for
a live simplex QSO.

CAVEAT:  As long as some fool in the area is not running it 24/7
from a  basestation which causes everyone in that area to turn 
their volume down so that they don't have to hear his 24/7
false-alarms...  In that case, its back to normal mobile ham
radio... Ships passing in the night with no comms...

We have such a signal in Washington DC...  Voice Alert packets 
are on, but no one home (listening)...  I turn down my volume
and then forget for days to bring it back up.

Like we say, it only takes a few un-informed individuals running
it from base stations or 24/7 parked cars to wipe out Voice 
Alert in an area.

Bob, Wb4APR

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