[aprssig] Interesting. CQ Server sounds like Twitter

Steve Noskowicz noskosteve at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 9 23:02:13 CST 2012

--- On Mon, 1/9/12, Steve Dimse <steve at dimse.com> wrote:

> I can see problems with channel
> congestion if you are thinking RF as the way to get the
> messages to the end user. 

Oh yea.  Each "follower" requires another RF message. An APRS group is much better...

OK. forget the idea.  

For the following, I never learned about RSS feeds....  I'll read your tutorial.  Thanks
73, Steve, K9DCI

Hamfest APRS channels are already
> crowded, imagine if every drawing number generates messages
> to dozens of attending hams! The RSS feature of findU can do
> something very similar with the internet as the transport
> medium.
> I've always been surprised the RSS feeds I added to findU
> in 2005 never gained traction, I find it incredibly useful
> as a way to follow local aprs activity yet only a handful of
> people take advantage of it.
> http://rss.findu.com/msg.cgi?call=yourcall*
> Enter the above URL in your RSS newsreader and you will get
> notified any time anyone sends a message to any of
> yourcall's ssids (or use yourcall-n if you only want a
> specific ssid).
> You can also see whenever any new station comes into your
> area with
> http://rss.findu.com/near.cgi?call=yourcall-n
> There also used to be one for NWS warnings but that hasn't
> worked since Dale's WxSrvr went QRT.
> If you don't understand RSS, there is a little more
> background at
> http://rss.findu.com
> Steve K4HG
> On Jan 9, 2012, at 11:05 PM, Steve Noskowicz wrote:
>> > An idea...
> >   Needing a break from simultaneous
> crashed hard drive re-build, a new computer shake-out and
> new computer spousal-training, I listened to the complete
> Tom Ashcroft On Point show about Twitter, it seems to me
> there's some concepts for APRS-IS services.
>> >   I have no idea about the feasibility,
> but I'll throw out the concepts. 
>> >   The first is a directly equivalent
> service - APRS-TWITTER.  Perhaps a better name is
>> >    CQ Server is close already.  Using
> the Twitter model, this server could be made to allow any
> APRS station to "subscribe" to messages sent by another,
> specific APRS station.  Send a message to the server
> with the target stations call "subscribes" to his
> APRS-TWEETS.  Perhaps a message TO: CHIRP with text
> "FOLLOW", or more in the ham area "COPY" and the target
> stations CALL-SSID.
> > The" followed" station sends CHIRP messages (Chirps)
> to the server and all stations following him receive the
> messages just like CQ server. To maximize message length
> ,the Message "TO"  should be short, perhaps even just a
> "@".  TO:@
> >   I also see it is similar to Bulletins
> and Groups, but on a world-wide level.  Client software
> would also enhance usefulness.
>> >   Now it is easy to see why someone
> would ask, WHY?  All I can say at this point is that
> the same question was asked five years ago about Twitter. 
>> >   Straining for ways to use it...
> >  At a hamfest to announce raffle numbers. 
> >  At hamfests announce when seminars (events) are
> start starting.
> >  Tweet-like updates for Balloon launches (keep it
> in the Ham domain rather than on Twitter or Yahoo Groups)
> >   Obviouslly Tweet-like updates for
> anything Ham related.
> >   Club notices.
> >   NWS alerts.
> >   A sever could be set up to monitor
> traffic conditions/reports then a traveling ham subscribes.
>> > I haven't given this a lot of thought to figure out
> who it differs from Bulletins and Groups, or CQSERVER since
> some of these could be handled by them.   The
> setup would be different and uses should be more global in
> nature.
>> >   The second occurred as I started to
> write this.  A service that parallels the email server,
> but to Twitter rather than emailing -  an APRS link
> actually into Twitter.
> >   Going the other way probably doesn't
> make as much sense because it has the same problems as
> receiving email via APRS and using the APRSlink model looses
> the immediate update Twitter model.
> >   Like sending an email, sending a
> message TO:TWEET routes the message to your Twitter
> handle.  You would send a special message to set up
> that link by specifying your Twitter handle to the
> server.  Or perhaps send TO:@handle.
> >     I suppose allowing multi
> messages to fill the Twitter buffer.  TO:TWEET-1,
> TO:TWEET-2, to get to the full hundred plus characters.
>> >   Also it is clear that this would work
> better with a touch-keyboard interface.  This appears
> to make it a natural for a smart phone app.
>> >   Anyway...just some ideas.  In
> addition, a realize this is following other technologyrather
> than leading, but it's an idea.  Perhaps there's a
> modification that makes more sense or fits into ham radio
> better...perhaps not.
> > --
> > 73, Steve, K9DCI
> >  Back to the computer business...
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