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[aprssig] FW: CQ JOTA CQ JOTA on APRS Saturday!

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Tue Oct 13 21:52:39 UTC 2009


Subject: [aprssig] CQ JOTA CQ JOTA on APRS

APRS get-out and mentor!

GET OUT on 17 Oct.  Contact your local ham radio clubs and find
out who is supporting a JOTA scouting activity in your area next
weekend.  Ask if you can take your APRS laptop and demonstrate
it. 

APRS can be used for JOTA for making contacts all over the
world.  APRS has a global JOTA CQ method so that your CQ JOTA
message goes not just on local RF but also to ALL other JOTA
stations on the planet.

To work JOTA on APRS all you have to do is send an APRS message
to CQSRVR and use the words CQ JOTA CQ JOTA at the beginning of
the message.  This will put you on the CQSRVR server for 24
hours and forward your message to everyone else that has done
the same thing.

>From then on, you too will get every such loggon message from
everyone else.

When you see one of these, then you have a callsign and then you
can messsage DIRECT to that station, since APRS allows
callsign-to-callsign messaging anywhere on the planet.

See www.aprs.org/cqsrvr.html

You can even do this from your APRS HT or D700/710. Show the
scouts that HAM radio TEXT messaging works!  YOu only need to
enter two messages to QSO all day:

1) To: CQSRVR Msg: CQ JOTA CQ JOTA Troop XXXX in AL

2) To: CALL Msg: QSL! We are at Woodsmoke in FLorence

or whatever.  Even though you only have your microphone keypad,
all you have to do for each contact, is just RESEND message #2
and only change the CALL.  Very easy to do from a keybad.

You resend message #1 once every 30 minutes or more (not allowed
to send it globally any more often)...

Duh, scout kids KNOW HOW TO TEXT MESSAGE, and will love to see
it work on Ham Radio!

Bob,WB4APR




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