[aprssig] False ALARMS on EMERGENCY?

Joseph M. Durnal joseph.durnal at gmail.com
Sat Feb 13 13:40:35 CST 2010

not sure which clients

I know I won't use EMERGENCY anymore :)

At first I thought I was being a major lid, but I put my nose in the
spec and proposals for a while last night and I'm feeling a little
less guilty about it.

I do like thhe idea of !EMERGENCY! or something like it because you
should be able to get that out of any TNC or software.

73 de Joseph M. Durnal NE3R

On Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 6:46 PM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
> We need to identify which clients are INCORRECTLY alarming on
> this condition and get it fixed...
>> It seems that some APRS clients interpret
>> the word "EMERGENCY" in all caps as an
>> emergency beacon or something like it...
>> I didn't realize this.
>> so the term, STATE OF EMERGENCY will make some clients alarm.
>> I thought it was supposed to be something like
>> !EMERGENCY!  [enclosed in exclamation points]
> Yes, that is the proposed format for the very reason you
> describe.  That is to prevent false alarms when someone is
> talking about an emergency.  The spec proposal for APRS1.2 is on
> this document:
> http://aprs.org/aprs12/EmergencyCode.txt
> If we can identify those clients, we need to get them fixed.
> Bob, Wb4APR
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