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[aprssig] e: Text Messaging Radios (a simple use)

Kevin Sherwood kshrwood at hotmail.com
Fri Feb 13 01:36:07 UTC 2009


I have to agree this seems like an extremely complicated solution in search of a problem.

If only 1/3 of the APRS community - a group generally already involved with digital modes, using modern radios with messaging functions built in via menus - can send messages because of knowledge issues, how many operators will know how to program these codes into their 15 year old radios?

I agree it can be hard to get a message through on voice during an event, but that's only because many hams take the full timeout period of the repeater to deliver a simple message.  

At least with APRS I might get an ACK if my message was delivered, and there's already infrastructure set up to get the message from my 5 watt HT to net control.  Won't this involve tying up a second area repeater for a 1.6 second transmission every few minutes?

Kevin
KB3PLX

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From: bruninga at usna.edu
To: aprssig at tapr.org
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 15:17:32 -0500
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Text Messaging Radios (a simple use)
...

 But when it can
only display data from 15% of the checkpoints and users that
have an APRS keyboard (and only 1/3rd of them even know how to
send a message), it just is not going to provide an all
inclusive solution that could revolutionise some events and the
way we handle simple data feeds back to net control.
 
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