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[aprssig] FINDU Weather Intermittency

Gerry Creager gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Sat Feb 9 16:03:43 UTC 2008


As of about 1400z today, cwop1.tamu.edu went live and entered the 
cwop.aprs.net rotation in place of first.aprs.net and second.aprs.net. 
Over time, I anticipate adding several more CWOP-only sites.  At the 
same time, I'm working with NOAA, CWOP (they're officially separate) and 
the software developers to effect a transition to the CWOP-dedicated 
servers.

At the same time, with the loss of THIRD and FOURTH, which I am really 
sorry to see go, I'm recruiting another Core server or two.  For a 
variety of reasons, I'll be looking toward members of the Academic 
community to help with this, but to be blunt, for the most part it's to 
mitigate the bandwidth issues.

I anticipate a couple of rough weeks while we make some changes, but I 
think I can say that we're doing the best to minimize trauma in the 
process to the APRS community as well as the CWOP community.

Jim, I, too, am excited by CWOP and what it offers for both operational 
and research atmospheric sciences.  It's too valuable an asset to allow 
it to have serious problems.

73 gerry n5jxs

Jim Duncan wrote:
> I am excited about what the CWOP people have been doing. At the outset I 
> questioned whether they should be on the APRS servers because of the 
> possibility of accidental porting of CWOP station data out via APRS 
> stations.
> 
> At the time I asked Riley Hollingsworth his opinion on the legality of 
> this and it was his opinion at this would constitute remote control by 
> an unlicensed operator and the station licensee which transmitted the 
> information would be liable for a violation.
> 
> Now, that being said, the growth of CWOP has been phenomenal and it has 
> provided not only an opportunity for non-hams to participate in severe 
> weather and routine weather condition reporting but has also inspired a 
> lot of people to get their ham licenses which is always a positive thing!
> 
> I certainly believe that the move to take CWOP's off of the APRS system 
> and provide an independent system is an excellent idea. It would 
> certainly be easy enough for those who wish to monitor that data to do 
> so in APRS and I am certain that there are people out there that 
> appreciate having this information readily available, especially the 
> National Weather Service personnel locally here.
> 
> I wish the CWOP group continued success as they move forward and salute 
> them for their volunteerism!
> 
> 73 de Jim Duncan, KU0G
> 
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