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[aprssig] Hamfest and Local info

john paterson jr jpaterjr at gmail.com
Wed Jun 16 14:00:06 UTC 2010


Sorry, I meant to say located away from the hamfest site.

John KC5LAA

On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 9:34 PM, Bob Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:

> Regarding getting those HAMFEST objects out!
>
> > Why not have someone... write a script
> > ... that queries the ARRL Hamfest database
> > and injects this data onto the APRS-IS
> > by some sort of identifier that local
> > IGATES can push out.
>
> Because that is just one symptom of the problem.  The problem is that if no
> one is even interested enough in APRS in an area to push a HFEST object,
> then that means local meetings, events and ham activites are also being
> ignored.
>
> THAT is the problem, that no one in an area is investing in INFO Serving
> the local area...
>
> > I don't know if it is possible, but I
> > always find it hard to get the enduser
> > interaction you are requesting.
>
> ANother way to push this issue, might be to query the ARRL Hamfest
> calendar, then have a script to search APRS-IS for the HFEST objet and if
> missing, find the nearest 10 APRS (2-way) stations and then send them an
> automated message asking them why the hell they aren't putting out the local
> hamfest object...
>
> It could also query QRZ or whatever to send them an Email too!
>
> Bob, WB4APR
>
> >Anyways, just some thoughts I have been considering.  I know it is not an
> >instant solution.  I am working on the same thing for IRLP which is a set
> of
> >scripts allowing users on my repeater to query for the closest hamfest in
> >Michigan to my repeater.  It then uses Cpestral to play back the closes
> ARRL
> >listed hamfest on any given date.
> >
> >Mike
> >kb8zgl
> >
> >
> >
> >> From: Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu>
> >> Reply-To: <bruninga at usna.edu>, TAPR APRS Mailing List <aprssig at tapr.org
> >
> >> Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 12:41:01 -0400
> >> To: 'TAPR APRS Mailing List' <aprssig at tapr.org>
> >> Subject: [aprssig] Hamfest and Local info
> >>
> >> Are you doing your job for APRS in your area?
> >>
> >> I was driving up I-81 in VA, and it was midnight.  But I noticed
> >> on the front panel of the radio, HFEST-13 pop up.  I was going
> >> right past it in about 30 minutes, and tomorrow was the 13th and
> >> I had to stop for the night anyway, so I stopped and next
> >> morning got to do a hamfest!
> >>
> >> Without APRS, I would have missed that opportunity.  And I did
> >> not even have to bother the talk-in, because I could see exactly
> >> where it was on my GPS and just tell my GPS to go there!
> >>
> >> That is why we ask that EVERY hamfest organization (YOU!) to do
> >> These things for APRS!
> >>
> >> 1) Begin posting an HFEST.... object IN ADVANCE showing the
> >> hamfest.
> >> 2) Use the standard format HFEST-ddx
> >> 3) Where "dd" is the day of the month,
> >> 4) and "x" is a unique identifier if there are others on your
> >> same day
> >> 5) Inlcude FFF.FFFMHz as the first 10 bytes of text for the
> >> talk-in freq.
> >>
> >> THen also
> >>
> >> 6) Make sure that the TALK in operators have an APRS map in
> >> front of them so that they  can SEE at least the APRS mobiles.
> >> This benefits the mobiles, and lets the operator learn about
> >> APRS, and as he finds out how valuable it is to him, he tells
> >> others.  Then the club learns the value of APRS...
> >>
> >> YOU need to make sure YOUR group is doing this.
> >>
> >> To see all the hamgest obejects, just do a wildcard search on
> >> HFEST* if someone else has the same date, then change your final
> >> "x" byte to be unique.
> >>
> >> For example map.findu.com/hfest* curently shows about...
> >> Hummh... Exactly one, and it is in Puerto Rico.  SURELY THERE
> >> ARE MORE HAMFESTS THIS MONTH IN THE USA AND WORLD!
> >>
> >> This just shows us how many APRS operators are not doing their
> >> job of making APRS useful and practical to other users. Come on
> >> guys.. Sheesh...
> >>
> >> IF YOU DON'T DO IT, WHO WILL?
> >>
> >> If we do not put out USEFUL INFROMATION ON APRS, then there is
> >> NOTHING TO DO!
> >>
> >> See www.aprs.org/localinfo.html
> >>
> >> While I am ranting, is YOUR DIGI in your area putting out the
> >> receommended frequency objects for travelers?  What about the
> >> Echolink or IRLP object.???  Your digi will NEVER do it unless
> >> YOU take some initiative and make sure it is getting done or get
> >> things going.
> >>
> >> Frustrated..
> >> Bob, Wb4APR
> >>
> >>
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