[aprssig] An amusing aside (Text Pagers) APRStt

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Sat Jan 30 17:41:38 CST 2010

On 1/30/2010 1:20 PM, Robert Bruninga wrote:
> Similarly you can pre-save the 2 or 3 positions that describe
> 99% of your lifestyle and save them in a DTMF memory to recall
> anytime with 2 buttons.

You must live a spatially very limited life.   In the course of a month, 
I go to four ham club meetings & a swapmeet, and work with my car parked 
for the better part of a day at half a dozen different locations. These 
are dispersed over an area over 75 miles across.    [In SoCal,  "local" 
means anywhere in the 100-mile-across suburban sprawl of L.A, county and 
the nearer parts of San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Ventura 
counties. ]      I would need at least a dozen location memories, and 
then a paper cheat sheet to recall which location is in which memory.    
Far easier to use a GPS.....

> I agree that very few ever will text with DTMF because it is a
> hassle.  But then that is not at all what APRStt is all about.
> But if you DO need to send an urgent message at least you CAN if
> you want to.  Same as APRS.  Probably only 1 in a thousand APRS
> packets are a message.  But it is nice to be able to send a
> message or email when you need to.

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