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[aprssig] Future for aprs

mwbesemer at cox.net mwbesemer at cox.net
Fri Sep 7 11:05:52 UTC 2012


Well said, Scott.  BL: If you're not part of the solution, then you're 
part of the problem.

73,

Mike
WM4B


On Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM, Scott Miller wrote:

>> Frustrated by the constant bombardment of emails from people who just 
>> can't get it together.
>> Maybe I joined the wrong mail lists ?
>
> Not everyone here lives and breathes APRS.  Some folks have other 
> hobbies.  I'm not a very active paraglider pilot, but I'm on the local 
> soaring association mailing list and I would hope that no one would 
> give me a hard time for not being out there flying every weekend, not 
> knowing the ins and outs of each site, and needing help repacking my 
> reserve. You can't be an expert in everything.
>
>> Every aprs kit I ever built for myself or others has worked perfectly
>
> Then you're lucky.  I've been building these things for 9 years (not 
> counting the Mic-E days and KPC-3 experiments) and I still find new 
> ways for them to fail.  I've got boards in my rework bin that I've 
> finally just given up on because there's some subtle fault that I 
> can't find.
>
>> When do we break away from being just users to experimenters
>
> That's up to you.  Again, not everyone can be an expert, and not 
> everyone *wants* to be an expert in a given field - some people just 
> want to get a job done.
>
>> Has the pioneering dream died In ham radio ?
>
> Nope, but the demographics are shifting and the focus is changing. 
> That's inevitable.  The Internet, commercial satellites, and cheap 
> cell phones have changed our priorities.  Increasingly complex 
> underlying technologies increase barriers to entry for hobbyists.
>
>> Have we just become a smart few followed by the mass of consumers ?
>
> I've been hearing complaints about appliance operators since I got 
> licensed a quarter century ago, and it was an old story then.
>
> Scott
> N1VG
>
>
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