[aprssig] APRS, AM radio and the solar Eclipse (Cloud Reporting)

Peter Laws N5UWY n5uwy at arrl.net
Mon Aug 21 11:58:24 CDT 2017


Welp. Can't get into the Columbia MO Dstar gateway from Jefferson City so
am on APRSPro. Unfortunately I can't change my symbol to \U. :-(. I am
beaconing cloud cover as N5UWY-5.

On Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 13:51 Peter Laws N5UWY <n5uwy at arrl.net> wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 7:55 AM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
> > Subject: APRS, AM radio and the solar Eclipse (Cloud Reporting)
> >
> >
> >
> > If you are portable on ECLIPSE day, keep your APRS object updated.
> >
> >
> >
> > If you are in the Totality band , please use the SUNNY (\U) symbol to
> make
> > it easy to identify special Eclipse stations, and update your STATUS text
> > frequently as to your CLOUD cover.   NWS says some 65% ? of us will be
> > blocked by clouds and so a last minute race to a clear area might be
> > important.  (if you can move at all).
> >
> >
> >
> > A Status like “Clouds 25% at 1015.” fits nicely on the 10x10 line popup
> > display on APRS HT’s.
>
>
>
> I plan to be in or very close to the Path Of Totality and don't have
> an APRS setup ... HOWEVER, this post prompted me to look at the
> documentation that came with my ID-51A+ HT.  I know, right?
> Documentation?
>
> Anyway, it appears that in addition to position reports, the ID-51A+
> (and probably other GPS-equipped Icoms) can send a range of symbols,
> including \U, as well as a brief text as you suggest, into APRS-IS via
> D-PRS.
>
> HOPEFULLY, the D-STAR repeater near where I will be (Columbia/Jeff
> City, MO) has the ability to relay D-PRS messages (I think most do -
> ours does).
>
> My radio is currently set to send -5 as the SSID (because D-PRS and I
> don't see other stuff on the radio).  Should we do a special SSID for
> the Eclipse?
>
>
> --
> Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!
>
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