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[aprssig] Interesting. CQ Server sounds like Twitter

Steve Dimse steve at dimse.com
Tue Jan 10 04:34:53 UTC 2012

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


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


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


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 CHIRP.
>    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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