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[aprssig] HAMFEST objects

Joseph M. Durnal joseph.durnal at gmail.com
Mon May 19 15:11:29 UTC 2008

Actually, it is more like, next month!  Tony's a little early with the
object this year.

The ham store icon also looks really good in APRSDos.  I'm not a big
fan of the eyeball for some reason, I don't know why.

Shameless plug from the club Treasurer:
Frederick ARC Father's Day Hamfest
June 15, 2008 8a to 3p
Frederick Maryland

73 de Joseph Durnal NE3R

On Mon, May 19, 2008 at 10:46 AM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
> New Proposal for HAMFESTS on APRS:
> Saw a HAMFEST object in Maryland on the map today as I drove
> back from Dayton.  It used the HAMSTORE ICON which stands out
> very nicely.  (In fact, I was seeing it on the AVMAP G5 GPS map
> display in my mobile which now fully supports over 128 APRS
> standard symbols)...
> Such info-to-the-mobile is exactly what APRS is all about.  Wow,
> I could swing by on my way home from Dayton, and get two-for-one
> without having to get a 2nd kitchen pass.  But then, selecting
> it on the front panel of the D710, then the date came up.  It
> was not today, but two weeks in the future.
> This inspired the following idea.  Instead of using the object
> name "HAMFEST" which is not unique in the world... it might be
> worthwhile to include the date too?   Maybe HAMFST-24 for a
> hamfest on the 24th of the month?    Putting the date in the
> name, not only answers the question as to when, but also helps
> make the OBJECT unique in the world.
> But still all the hamfests on the same day would still cancel
> each other on FINDU and APRS.FI... So VE7GDH suggested HFESTxxxx
> which would give a lot more felxibility in differentiating these
> hamfests on FINDU and APRS.FI
> HFEST-24a or HFEST-24b... Etc.  Anyone, one can check the
> uniqueness
> of his chosen OBJECT by checking http://map.findu.com/hamfest*
> before placing his object.  Just choose the next unused letter.
> Or anything else to make it unique.  But I think the DATE is
> important...
> Making the object name unique also lets us use FIND.COM then as
> a golbal HAMFEST list!.  If we all began with "HFEST" then this
> link would identify all hamfests:  http://map.findu.com/HFEST*
> Just an idea.  In the past we recommended the EYEBALL symbol.
> But seeing how well the HAMSTORE symbol shows up on most maps
> and the G5 GPS, maybe it would be a good idea to use it for all
> hamfests and reserve the EYEBALL symbol for MEETINGS.
> We can redefine the HAMSTORE symbol to include this definition.
> Because a hamstore is really just a mini-hamfest!
> Bob, WB4APR
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