[aprssig] APRS in the North East
bruninga at usna.edu
Mon Jun 18 17:02:52 CDT 2007
> From: Richard Montgomery
> Sign me up as a volunteer.
> I already do those things on your list...
> I would help anyone in our area, from
> Western TN, N Miss, E Ark, W Ky, and Mo Bootheel.
Also, then, we need reports on progress. For each state, a list
of all digis and whether they are New-N AND/OR Local-Initiative
compliant. Can you start working up a list? Ill make a web
> Robert Bruninga wrote:
> > Driving though NJ, NYC, CT, VT and MA (on a college tour):
> > Subject: Not what APRS was designed for
> > Throughtout this entire 1000+ mile trip, I only heard two
> > Alert packets and raised no one. I did see one mobile with
> > in his packet and made a contact as he passed within a mile.
> > had a D700, but had never heard about Voice Alert.
> > I never made any contacts on 2 meters either over 4 days. I
> > not one single APRS Voice-Repeater Object the entire trip.
> > saw a few repeaters in digi beacons, but they were coming in
> > from over a hundred miles away, and not local. I heard some
> > voice repeaters, but could not get in because I could not
> > out the PL. (PL scan didn't find them either)... APRS is
> > supposed to show this ON THE RADIO...
> > I found two College radio clubs by following the coax from
> > obvious antennas, but both appeared "abandoned"...
> > Bottom line, ham radio on this trip was useless. Exactly
> > opposite of what ham radio with APRS assist is supposed to
> > Here, I had APRS. It should have showed me on my mobile
> > radio front panel:
> > 1) the location of *local* voice repeaters
> > 2) The recommended frequency, and PL
> > 3) Their meeting nights or net times
> > 4) possible link to their club page
> > 5) I should have been alerted to every D700 in simplex range
> > 6) I should have been able to voice QSO any of them mobile
> > in simplex range.
> > 7) I should not have heard voice alert packets with no one
> > monitoring for a reverse call.
> > I was on a marathon college tour with my son to see some
> > colleges in the Northeast. Path was Baltimore, through NYC
> > Connecticut. Up the middle to Vermont and NH, then down to
> > Haven, through RI up to Boston, then west to upstate NY then
> > down to NYC and home. Did hear a few voice alert packets in
> > NNJ, but no one ever answered.
> > THIS IS NOT WHAT APRS IS SUPPOSED TO DO!
> > I'd like to sign up volunteers in each state or ARRL
> > take on the task of FIXING APRS in their area. APRS is not
> > a bunch of moving vehicles with operators oblivious to their
> > surroundings. This means:
> > 1) New-N Paradigm
> > 2) Education campaign about Voice Alert
> > 3) Getting all digis to transmit the local voice repeater
> > object.
> > This takes work. It won't happen by just talking about it.
> > Volunteers?
> > Bob, Wb4APR
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