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[aprssig] IRLP NODE AS OBJECT ON APRS

Julian, G4ILO julian.g4ilo at gmail.com
Wed Mar 16 08:18:44 UTC 2011


What you are doing may be OK for IRLP, but many Echolink nodes run on
people's shack computers and are not up all the time. Additionally,
some people use Echolink for private purposes such as remote control
of a radio and may not want the details published by a third party. I
agree it's better for the operator of the node to run their own
script. If you are going to create an APRS object on their behalf you
ought to ask their permission beforehand.

Julian, G4ILO
G4ILO's Shack: www.g4ilo.com








On 16 March 2011 06:29, David Dobbins <ddobbins at gmail.com> wrote:
> In the recommended settings for a WIDEn-N digi, we are encouraged to list an
> IRLP and ECHOLINK node information (LTs 3 and 4) that is within a short
> range of the digi, so others see it on their maps and mobiles see it as an
> object in their station list, then access that node to make a call back home
> or other use of the capability. Properly configured, those with Kenwood and
> Yaesu APRS-ready radios can hit their TUNE or QSY button and put the radio
> into VFO mode with the frequency, tone, and offset all properly entered.
> A better way to get that IRLP node info into APRS is to add the script found
> at http://irlp.kc6hur.net/irlp_scripts.php into the IRLP computer. The
> advantage is the node status will be reflected by the icon on APRS. When in
> connected mode it will have a C overlay on the icon, and when idle it will
> display an I overlay on the icon. One additional routine is required to get
> the info from the APRS-IS to RF, and that is accomplished by editing the
> IGATE.INI file accessed by the FILE menu in UI-View, and adding the
> IRLP-xxxx object to the GATE-TO-RF list. Now when I'm away from the home
> IRLP node, I see the node status change to connected meaning someone from
> out there has connected to my node, and I can qsy from another repeater freq
> back to my node and see who's calling. I'm using a Kenwood TH-D72 to
> accomplish this.
> Seeing the IRLP and ECHOLINK nodes on my map when connected to the APRS-IS
> is a neat feature that I'm using to connect to other distant stations. As
> I'm working with the Hawaii APRS guys, I have entered the OBJECT information
> for all the published IRLP nodes in the Hawaiian Islands (you can see them
> by logging onto the T2 southwest server. Today I connected to one node on
> the Big Island, looking for a volcano update, and found that node was
> connected to a reflector. Upon connecting to that reflector I got a call
> back from Oahu and spoke with a ham working the radio station aboard the USS
> Missouri Museum on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. They have the station there
> open every Tuesday from 0900-1200 HST. Another ham joined in from San
> Francisco. I also spoke with an APRS guy in Maui and gave him some tips to
> restore his weather station to operating condition.
> The point is, APRS can be so much more than vehicle tracking, as Father Bob
> WB4APR has been preaching for years. It's up to us to take APRS to the next
> level as a communications tool. It's easy to post the area radio net and
> club meeting schedules as objects on APRS. When that meeting is over, you
> can unselect the ACTIVATE button which will remove it from other's maps
> until it's needed again. Every hamfest can and should be posted on APRS,
> There's more, but I'm tired and headed for bed.
> Unrelated to this thread, but important nonetheless: I see the AvMap G6 APRS
> GPS will be available soon and the ham radio companies are taking orders
> now, $500.
> David K7GPS
> Spokane
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