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[aprssig] Hamfest Objects with Kenwood Radios

Steve Noskowicz noskosteve at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 17 04:40:50 UTC 2010

--- Bob Bruninga wrote:
> I prepared a web page to tell eveyrone how to make such an
> object and how to use APRS in support of the Hamfest and
> Talkin:
>           www.aprs.org/hamfest.html


For the D700, D7 and probably D710 the limit on SSID of <=15 requires a modification.  The date digits can be split between the call and SSID.  

HFEST2-3  would be used for a Fest on the 23rd.  I was unable to figure out a way to add the sequence byte, the "x" in your description.

On my D7 I tried, but it wouldn't accept an "x" byte in other (quasi-suffix) locations such as: HFEST2-3A or  HFESTA2-3.  As long as all other Fest objects for that day have the format "HFEST-ddx", you're ok.  However, if someone else has one on the same date and uses the D700 or D7, they will over-write one another on the APRS-IS.  Locally, of course, there ok.  
It could be added as a pre-fix, but that destroys the TOCALL simplicity and precludes searching for HFEST* on the net.

It's a shame restrictions were placed on the TOCALL on these radions.

 73, Steve, K9DCI   USN (Vet) MOT (Ret) Ham (Yet)


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