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[aprssig] An amusing aside (Text Pagers)

Jason KG4WSV kg4wsv at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 23:29:45 UTC 2010


On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 4:50 PM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:

> Ah, too bad.  Every kid with a cell phone can use a keypad to
> communicate,  Every ham radio has one.  I simply canot see why
> in 9 years it is so hard to find someone to tie the DTMF keypad
> to the local/global APRS communication system.

Because that kid with a cellphone has an LCD for immediate feedback of
entry errors that can be corrected before transmission?  More and more
they're using a full QWERTY keyboard, too.

The big problem I see with APRStt (and it's a huge one, IMO) is that
any dynamic data is entered blind.  Yeah, I can store my call and a
few preselected messages, positions, etc beforehand, but I just can't
see the implementation effort being worth it for a few static
messages...

-Jason
kg4wsv



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