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Tactical Value? [was: VX-8R Symbol/SSID (Was Re: [aprssig] YaesuVX-8R)]

kc9umr at freqradio.com kc9umr at freqradio.com
Wed May 21 12:56:22 UTC 2008

Could the value be that *SOME* radios have full featured messaging, etc. whereas other radios DO NOT....  

i.e. if i tell you i have a Kenwood, you know (presumeably) that i can send and receive messages, etc., but if i have an Icom I cannot?  This would make the specific radio a worthwhile note, but would it be better to have a special icon for D700's, D710's, VX8's etc. that have these capabilities vs. radios that do not?  

If i hook a TinyTrak to my V7A, i can run APRS... but that doesn't mean I can send or receive text messages....


From: "John B. Leonard, Jr." <w9jbl at comcast.net>
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 6:05 AM
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Subject: Re: Tactical Value? [was: VX-8R Symbol/SSID (Was Re: [aprssig] YaesuVX-8R)] 

I'll have to disagree with the whole issue of spending any time on this. In 
a hobby which prides itself on public service, there's no reason to 
broadcast radio brands on APRS. It shouldn't be important to anybody 
whether Joe Ham is using a KW, Alinco or Acme radio.

Also, to add any overhead to the APRS network to advertise a certain brand 
of 2 meter radio will unnecessarily burden the system.

Our biggest concern should be that everything produced under the APRS 
concept should work the same - even UI-View (which I use exclusively), even 
though it seems that it wants to be treated differently than other APRS 


> --- "Greg D." wrote:
>> > From: bruninga at usna.edu
>> > In the recent attempt to upgrade the symbol set,
>> we added a RADIO symbol with OVERLAYS. Using that
>> symbol will allow a K for Kenwood, a Y for Yeasu, an
>> I for Icom and A for Alinco, etc...
>> >
>> > The symbol looks kinda like a radio front panel.
>> >
>> > Of course it will take a while for all software to
>> add this symbol, but it has been defined and ready
>> for use.
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> What is the tactical or situational-awareness value to
> this?
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