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[aprssig] APRN status?

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Fri Mar 26 20:47:02 UTC 2010


Robert Bruninga wrote:
> OOPS.. Answered the mail before reading this one..
>
>   
>>>> Is APRN still around?  
>>>>         
>> YES.   My APRS webserver monitors 438.15   
>> 24/7 for SSTV uplinks in SoCal from Pasadena. 
>>     
>
> Great!  Does it also allow the use of APRS then to send in the
> tagging info?
> If so, we need this replicated.... It is a fantastic
> capability...
>
> Bob, Wb4APR
>
>   

No.  Just the Mic-E burst after the image transmission to plot the 
sending location on a UIview map.  See my APRN server page at:

     <http://wa8lmf.net/aprn>     [Gateway page to actual picture list 
page.]   

However the problem, as I pointed out in my long post on the history of 
SSTV, is that ALL modern SSTV is done from PC soundcard applications, 
making it clumsy in the field.   Conceivably, a netbook light-weight PC 
might make field use practical since these machines usually have 
built-in webcams.  (The latest netbooks, now that the CPUs are 
appoaching 1.5 GHz and beyond would have enough "horsepower" to run 
mmSSTV analog SSTV and may even be able to run EasyPal digital SSTV.)

[The Kenwood VC-H1 died five years ago, because of it's lousy camera 
head, and because it's unbelievably awful support software package that 
absolutely positively won't run on NT-based Windows (i.e. Win 2K, XP and 
later). When XP displaced Win95 and 98 as the dominant home OS,  making 
the software unusable, Kenwood killed the product rather than redo the 
turkey software.    I maintain a Win98se virtual machine in my XP 
installations solely to run the VH-H1 support software required to 
upload/download images from the PC to the VC-H1.]
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