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[aprssig] False ALARMS on EMERGENCY?

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Fri Feb 12 23:46:08 UTC 2010

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:

If we can identify those clients, we need to get them fixed.

Bob, Wb4APR

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