[aprssig] APRS for road warriors...
bruninga at usna.edu
Tue Dec 15 10:38:48 CST 2009
Please read this email I got from a full-time driver.
My experience on the open road is similar to his.
We can do better... On your holiday travels, try
To make contact. Its fun. It's the hobby!
> I have been running your APRS system for at least
> 6-7months, and have only made contact with only
> two (other mobiles) monitoring APRS to date.
> What I am discovering is 1. When I am approaching
> -9, -2, or -15's, especially -9's, while they,
> QSO each other, will be unresponive or they will
> disconnect their devices entirely when I try to
> establish friendly contact.
Comment: (Probably because most of them are 1-way trackers)
Biggest problem is that TinyTrack3's copied the Kenwood Mic-E
formatter byte and so all these TT3's appear as 2-way Kenwoods
on everyone's radio, but in fact, they are 1-way deaf-dumb-and
blind trackers. We cannot tell the difference! It drives us
crazy, because it appears they are ignoring incoming messages...
> When I do QSO it is mainly with those not using
> or vaguely famaliar with the APRS. So... why APRS?
> I mean I personally like the concept but my experience
> shows me that those using APRS, are only communicating
> with the operators they know, which is a shame.
> I find myself usually monitoring APRS or going thru
> the list,
> While traveling, i'll see icons say 50miles away,
> I push tune, key up, no response, same icon now
> 20, 10, 5 and passing, still no response...
My experience too. They are either 1-way trackers, or still
have not heard about Voice Alert, or turned the volume down...
Other things we can do is make sure that EVERY digipeater is p
utting out its local frequency Object for travelers... See
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