[aprssig] APRS for VHF Contests

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Wed Dec 19 08:33:24 EST 2007

> APRS (with digipeating and Internet) is now officially 
> sanctioned for use during ARRL VHF contests.

>> 2.3.7. Rovers are permitted to use APRS. Rovers using 
>> APRS transmit only their call sign and position. Any 
>> multi-op station may access rover APRS data directly 
>> or via the Internet. 

> Expect to see more "Little Puppies" (GPSLP = "Rover") 
> on the APRS maps [during] ARRL VHF contest times. 

This is great news.  APRS actually being used for something.  We neeed to ponder the recommendation for Voice Alert by Rovers.  Probably not..?

PROS:  Lets one hear that a rover has a direct path
CONS:  Because rover is on a mountain, his 100 TONE packets will be irritating to thousands.
PRO:  But alerting to someone simplex is what it is there for!  If you hear the brrap, then work him...

> Full rules: http://www.arrl.org/contests/announcements/rules-vhf.html.  > Note particularly 2.3.7 in reference to APRS. 


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