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[aprssig] Voice Repeater ==> APRS Interface

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Thu May 8 22:04:12 UTC 2008


I guess I can count myself as a repeater manufacturer now... or when I 
start selling the ADS-SR1 at Dayton, anyway.  It's just a pocket size 
simplex repeater (with timed voice beacons, voice mail, 'say again' 
function, CW ID, and so forth), and I deliberately didn't put a serial 
port on it because I wanted to limit the 'creeping featuritis'.  (It 
does actually take firmware updates, but via audio rather than serial.)

After working with it a lot in testing, I have to say that entering a 
lot of DTMF blind is a pain.

I don't see APRStt being useful enough to enough people to really 
justify much investment in hardware or programming.  Though it would be 
kind of nice if the radio manufacturers would support some common ANI 
scheme.

Scott
N1VG

Jason KG4WSV wrote:
> On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 4:07 PM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
>> In 7 years, we still do not have APRStt (Touch tone).
> 
> I see a serious problem with the idea; maybe it's just my own fat
> fingered typing, but I don't see a write-only type data entry
> mechanism being accurate enough to be useful.  If I can't do APRS, I
> don't see any feedback of the data I have entered. The number of key
> presses required are variable, and the data is reasonably long.
> 
> Maybe some text messaging geniuses can do this much blind typing
> accurately, but I sure couldn't.
> 
> Maybe the DTMF memories on many radios would allow one to preprogram
> enough packets to do something interesting.
> 
> Aren't most repeater controllers embedded devices?  That software
> change you've tossed out doesn't exactly sound trivial.  More than a
> day, I'm guessing...
> 
> -Jason
> kg4wsv
> 
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