[aprssig] Did an airplane crash in Martinsburg WV?

Joseph M. Durnal joseph.durnal at gmail.com
Mon Feb 11 09:18:08 CST 2008

Thank you everyone for the input.  I sent a basic article over to the
eham folks, maybe they will publish it.

"APRS is not a monopoly game" that is a great way to put it!

I wasn't so concerned with the text as I was the choice of icons, I
didn't even notice misspelled word.

73 de Joseph Durnal NE3R

On Feb 9, 2008 6:40 PM, Cap Pennell <cap at cruzio.com> wrote:
> I too agree with Boyd that hams need to act with maturity and
> professionalism to be taken seriously by our served agencies.  It's also
> important hams be _routinely_ familiar with operating their unique
> communications assets.
> I fondly recall our local "paintball wars" using APRSdos some time back,
> where we would train on APRS use with symbols and other map features, at the
> keyboard.  We'd hook and change users's houses into slow sailboats heading
> for Hawaii, and Bomb and strafe stations with Jets triangulating on their
> positions (with "tracer fire" showing on the map too).  A hit might produce
> a big Fire.  The trick was often to "duck" by quickly shifting your home QTH
> target just out of reach in the nick of time.  The earthquake symbol
> overlaid on someone's QTH made a fine big "target" symbol.  The atomic blast
> (large colored "areas") was an ultimate weapon.  Fun!  And the experience
> taught us a lot about how to use APRS and how useful it could be.  I only
> hope everybody considering APRS for emergencies is as familiar with it's
> capabilities.  Folks who haven't used the keyboard for manipulating APRS map
> Objects routinely probably won't be much help trying it during a emergency
> either.
> I believe about anything, including odd symbols and excessive digipaths, is
> okay _while_ the operator is at the keyboard, watching the packets scroll
> by.  At least then they can receive messages on RF (realtime feedback) from
> other users, and clear the air should a emergency arise.
> Have you checked your digipath and transmission interval today?  How about
> your map symbol and the comment text in your Position packets and in your
> Status packets?  Yesterday?
> Hint: Those using a digipath of WIDE1-1,WIDE2-2 or WIDE3-3 for more than a
> few hours probably haven't been paying attention anytime recently.  Don't
> count on them for help with APRS in emergencies either.
> http://web.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/aprs/APRSpaths.gif
> 73, Cap KE6AFE
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