[aprssig] Where are my weather warnings??? -OR- Why your UINWS/UI-View32 isn't broke and the current APRS-IS wx server is working correctly.

Frank or Barbara Rossi n3flr at bellatlantic.net
Fri Dec 25 12:24:05 CST 2009

If you have a cell phone with texting package, you can get free weather 
alerts sent to your phone from "The Weather Channel".
They are zip code specific.
The other thing I do with the Cell Phone, I use the RSS feed from the 
APRS IS for my messages.
I use a RSS reader on my computer anytime it is on.
I set up the RSS Feed from the APRS IS on "Yahoo Alerts" to send my 
phone a text message anytime I get a message.
Then you set up Yahoo Alerts how often you want the messages.
Yahoo Alerts are free and work with RSS feeds.

If you get a lot of messages this works great, however not perfect.
1. It strips off who the message came from unless they sign in the text 
2. The last message the APRS IS gets for you is re-sent daily for about 
a month, until the APRS-IS stops sending the RSS Feed.

I meant to talk to someone with the APRS-IS about that.
A fix would be if the message would expire to the RSS feed in 24 hours 
would be great if that could be done.

I figure my cell phone is always on my belt 24/7, and I have a unlimited 
family texting plan with my kids texting.
I'm only on APRS mobile about 20 minutes per day.
I'll never miss a APRS message or weather alert this way.
N3FLR - Frank

On 12/25/2009 12:21 PM, Michael Stafford wrote:
> Pete, Thank you for this information and the service you have provided.
> I too shall dig around on www.weather.gov and see what I can figure out
> I am interested in parsing my own wx info for private use as well. I
> have found a pkgon sourceforge.net that is for linux that does this but
> it is quite old. I will look at the source for it and begin comparison
> to see what changes may be needed for the current parsing model.
> Thanks again and 73
> Mike Stafford
> Pete Loveall AE5PL Lists wrote:
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: David Flood
>>> Sent: Friday, December 25, 2009 10:45 AM
>>> I guess I wasn't specific enough.  I want a FAQ or website that
>>> provides the
>>> information to tap the stream so that I can direct that information
>>> into ANY
>>> program that I want.
>> www.weather.gov web site has that information, you just have to look for it.  The NWS web site is where the current weather server pulls its alerts from.  However, it does not pull HTML.  Look at RSS and Atom feeds which do not require a browser.  Technology has come a long ways...
>> 73,
>> Pete Loveall AE5PL
>> pete at ae5pl dot net
>> _______________________________________________

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