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[aprssig] APRS at FD '09 & Beginners

William McKeehan mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net
Tue Jun 30 00:26:44 UTC 2009


That's a great starter guide! Good work.
-- 
William McKeehan
KI4HDU
http://mckeehan.homeip.net


On Mon, June 29, 2009 7:37 pm, noskosteve at yahoo.com wrote:
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>> Fred Eckert wrote:
>> > ...I am having a difficult time getting documentation and instructions
>> > ...I have no idea how to send a CQ  broadcast via APRS.
>> >
>> > The manual included with my [VX-8R] radio ...just has the bare minimum
>> >
>> > Is their a newbie's guide to APRS out there somewhere?
>> Please help!
>> > Thanks, Fred KJ4LFJ
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>     Y E S     PLEASE READ ON.
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> ---  In response, Kai Gunter Brandt  wrote:
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>> To send a message to CQ just enter "CQ" as the callsign.
>> [...snip...]
>> I always recomend people reading the aprs protocol. ...
>> just browse trough it to see the possibilities.
>>
>> ftp://ftp.tapr.org/aprssig/aprsspec/spec/aprs101/APRS101.pdf
>>
>> wiki: http://info.aprs.net/index.php?title=Main_Page
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> Fred,
>
> OUCH!  With all due respect, Kai, I recommend not reading the spec until you
> understand some of the basics.
>   As a 35+ year Electrical Engineer used to reading all kinds of technical
> specs, I must be candid.  I find/found the APRS spec a difficult read before
> I understood a significant amount of operational APRS.  I also think it
> assumes you know a significant amount about ordinary AX.25 Packet and I
> believe (am convinced) that this is Not necessary, up front, for APRS.
> Later, some helps.
>
> THe Gurus here on the sig already understand it and find it easy.
>
> If you search, Much of the info on the net is out of date.  I've done it,
> lots!   Web maintenance is a big problem - 'put it up and forget it' is the
> norm...
>
> The APRS Wiki Kai references above is ok, but then I already understand a lot,
> so I may be tainted also.
>
> The NWAPRS group (North West APRS), has up to date Beginner info in the Web -
> it should turn up in a search, I don't know the URL off hand, but looked it
> over just a few days ago and didn't bookmark it.  (:-(
>
> I have a Beginner guide (PDF) that I have been working on.  It's linked on my
> site, below.  I believe (and so do others who have read it) that it provides a
> very good overview of fundamentals to get you started without all the in depth
> detail of other papers.
>
> That old saw  "talk to your audience"
>
> While it will help you, It doesn't directly answer your question, but  Based
> on your question, I already have some updates in mind.
>
> ALSO.   When you figure out your VX-8R, I'd appreciate it if you send me the
> info and I'll incorporate it in my guide.  You'll know what I want when you
> see the Guide.
>
> Feel free to ask me questions because it will help me improve the content and
> wording for others.
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> Anyone else who'd like to poke at my Guide, be my guest, I'm fireproof, but
> please keep in mind that this is to get BEGINNERS started.
> I am particularly interested if my wording for the AIRBORNE path section is
> suitable.
>
> -- 73, Steve, K9DCI  at arrl dot net
>
> FINALLY, an up to date APRS Beginner Guide - 2009.
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