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[aprssig] Pagers as part of the Text Messaging Initiative

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Mon Jan 26 22:56:38 UTC 2009


God help us if the FCC cannot see the value of pagers to the
Universal Amateur Radio Text Messaging Initiative.

www.aprs.org/aprs-messaging.html

The APRS network and all pieces of it is no more one-way
broadcasting as is any other form of amateur radio when you push
the PTT.  APRS is a network of participants, and they cannot all
talk at once.  But when they do transmit information, they
transmit it to everyone in the network.

Bob, WB4APR 

> -----Original Message-----
> Is beaconing no longer permissable? 
> It was always in the eye of the  
> beholder.
> 
> On Jan 26, 2009, at 14:36,... wrote:
> 
>> I wonder if some consider it one way so its broadcasting?
>
>>>  Older, working pagers are a dime a dozen 
>>> on the used market and  there are some 
>>> people who have refitted them to work on 
>>> Amateur bands[2].  

>>... there (quite literally) buckets full of 
>> working pagers at HamFests, why not have a 
>> "messagegate" that takes APRS messages to
>> stations and translates them to a message 
>> destined for a POCSAG compatible pager. 

Yes!!!  I have now added this category to the other DOZEN text
messaging capabilities we alreay have... Now we just need the
code and gateways to tie them all together...
Bob, WB4APR




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