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

Ron Wenig rwenig at verizon.net
Mon Aug 21 13:10:43 CDT 2017


Station KD0YUJ did a nice job with objects.  A few stations at the start 
of totality and a few toward the end.








Ron NY3J

On 8/21/2017 12:58 PM, Peter Laws N5UWY wrote:
> 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 
> <mailto:n5uwy at arrl.net>> wrote:
>
>     On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 7:55 AM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu
>     <mailto: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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>
>
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