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[aprssig] Automatic Voice RFelay System (AVRS) and ALLSTAR STANDARD

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Tue Sep 18 02:13:12 UTC 2012


> Perhaps a new APRS message could be defined specifically
> to beacon such gateways with the relevant parameters
> (most of which are in the standard position message anyway).

Not only *no* but "heck no"!!!

We have tens of thousands of mobiles out there with a perfectly good APRS
radio that can already display ALL relevant VOIP information to the mobile
operator.  The format is an APRS FREQUENCY OBJECT.  Then not only do the
radios display the information, but they can also TUNE to that VOIP node
with the press of a single TUNE or QSY button.

This FREQUENCY OBJECT has been the #1 focus of APRS since 2001 and
finalized in the spec since 2004, and built into all new radios since
2007?

Do not even think of "inventing" a new format when we have already gotten
every player in this game (the APRS standard, and the APRS radio
manufacturers producing radios) coming on board, with the AVRS engine, the
last piece of the pie, being the most critical link.

The format has been well defined since 2004.  It is a  FREQUENCY object.
Please do not throw away almost a decade of work, with knee jerk ideas.

Thanks
Bob, WB4APR

------Original Message------
From: Bill Vodall
To: aprssig at tapr.org
Sent: Sep 17, 2012 1:49 PM
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Automatic Voice RFelay System (AVRS) and ALLSTAR


> I.e. I need callsign, node number, lat/lon of node, RF characteristics
> (freq/offset/tone), and status (connected, listening, down, etc)
> Given that data I can poll it, update a local DB, map the nodes, and
make
> AllStar part of the AVRS protocol.

Will this info be generally available on the APRS-IS so we can easily
bring it to the RF domain without doing Internet magic...   (Yes - I
know APRS-IS == Internet but there is a subtle difference...)

73
Bill - WA7NWP

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