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[aprssig] FW: Montreal APRS Activity

Brian B. Riley brianbr at mac.com
Wed Sep 10 05:40:13 UTC 2008


The Montreal is probably one of  the best 'covered' extended regions   
for APRS digipeater/iGate coverage. It has far more than 15 mobiles a  
day. Many of them are only TinyTrak clones that were built  years ago,  
still putting out NMEA sentences. I sit here about 70 miles away at  
1600 feet and can monitor much of Montreal directly, my 700 and 710  
LIST screens roll over in minutes during morning and evening drive  
times and generally about every 30 minutes or less during the day.  
There seems to be about 20 or so Montrealers who are active/moving all  
day during the day. Over the last three years I have seen a good  
number of these 'dumb trackers' getting replaced by D7's and D700's.

A good number of these guys were of the old 'set em and forget em'  
mentality, so the new paradigm and other initiatives were slow coming.  
However, thanks to the nearly constant efforts of a half dozen or so  
guys it has all come around.

   cheers ... 73 de n1bq

On Sep 9, 2008, at 7:33 PM, Robert Bruninga wrote:

> Ah, another  Tracker-City...
> This report sent to me from Canada...
>
>> I am vacationing ...[near montreal].. With my D710...
>> On my AVMAP-G5 map... I am amazed at the number
>> of APRS mobiles... in Montreal, an average of 15
>> on any one day.  ; In... Philadelphia I never see
>> this many mobiles...>
>>
>> I have been here for 10 days and have tried numerous
>> APRS stations to engage in a text message conversation
>> to no avail.  I get good ... acks for messages sent....
>> It is like they setup the APRS station then walk away...
>> [not even any... Voice Alert setups...
>
> Shows how far APRS Tracker mentality has gotten APRS away from
> the tactical real-time communiations between humans.  Everyone
> needs to get APRS back on track or it will die of boredom:
>
> 1) Put your mobile on Voice Alert (VA) and monitor...
> 2) Chat with other APRS users when heard direct on VA
> 3) Include your Voice Freq in your packets
> 4) Make sure all digis are putting out their Voice Freqs
>
> See www.aprs/localinfo.html
>
> Lets communicate (2-way)... That is what Ham radio is all about
> and it is the only way to get more people incvolved in APRS...
> That is, have something to help them communiate, anywhere,
> anytime...
>
> See what your own beacon looks like to other mobiles on the
> oaprs web page.  It shows a D7 screen on the left side.
>
> See www.oaprs.net
>
> Bob, Wb4APR
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