[aprssig] "Emergency!" test convention?

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Wed Jul 21 11:48:24 EDT 2004

While nothing out there uses it yet, OpenTRAC defines a simulated emergency
flag.  The idea is that you'd configure your client for excercise/simulation
mode, and it'd respond to the flag as if it were a real emergency (hopefully
with some visible reminder that you're in simulation mode.)  I don't know if
there are any more Mic-E status codes available, but that might be one way
to do it.

I think a quiet time is a bad idea.  If you're going to do it, make it only
one day of the week at a specific UTC time.  Remember, some places have
half-hour offsets for their local time zones... the locals might know that,
but once it gets into the APRS-IS, all bets are off.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Danny" <danny at messano.net>
To: "KC2MMi" <kc2mmi at verizon.net>
Cc: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2004 8:36 AM
Subject: Re[2]: [aprssig] "Emergency!" test convention?

> I think setting a quiet time is dangerous.  An emergency WILL happen
during that quiet time, will be ignored, and could result in loss of life.
> Somewhere in Part 97 you will find blurbs about properly identifying
emergency transmissions.  That is all that is required here.  No different
than identifying your tranmsmissions during the SET as TEST transmissions.
> The more I think about this proposed quiet time, the more I cringe.
> Danny Messano

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