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

Brian B. Riley brianbr at mac.com
Wed May 21 23:38:18 UTC 2008

  While in the net end result it wound up being a brand advertisement  
for Kenwood, the primary reason was that the radios (D7, D700, and now  
the D710) identifed themselves to each other which was useful ... as  
has already been mentioned Kenwood went to the mat for us and gave us  
integrated APRS radios. For seven years they were the only game in  
town. Getting your drawers all scrunched up over the commercial aspect  
of it is pointless and groundless. Kenwood more than earned their  
place in the symbol table.

Whenever I go into a new area with APRS. I take a couple of minutes  
and scan the station list. In the years I have had my D700 I have yet  
to go into an area where Kenwood APRS radios didn't represent more  
than 50% of the mobile stations on the list. Often that figure is  
75-90%. I have done this very unscientific study of mine in Boston,  
the Main Coast,Providence, Montreal, Albany, NYC, NNJ, SNJ,  
Philadelphia at all hours of  the day and night.

I own 3 TMD-700's, two D7's and a TMD710. All the D7x0 series units  
have voice modules and I take advantage of it to send   messages that  
get announced (preface t he text of the message with a "%", I can do  
so because the D700/D710/D7 tell me if my target station is one of its  

cheers ... BBR

On May 21, 2008, at 7:03 AM, John B. Leonard, Jr. wrote:

> 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 clients.
> 73's
> w9jbl
>> --- "Greg D." <ko6th_greg at hotmail.com> 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.
>> -----------------------------------------
>> What is the tactical or situational-awareness value to
>> this?
>> Ev, W2EV
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