[aprssig] D700 Tip. Reading Mail

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Tue Jul 31 11:05:51 EDT 2007

D700 tip-of-the-week:

One way to improve human communicaitons on APRS is to use your
D700 to read-the-mail.  That is, to join in on any other APRS
qso's that may be in progress. 

Simply set a wild-card (*) in your MSG GROUP on your D7 or D700,
and then your radio will receive and display ALL message
traffic.  Any traffic between otehrs will show on your display
but will indicate it was a "GROUP" message, so that you will
know it was not really to-you, but you were just reading the
"group" traffic.

Your message buffer may fill up pretty fast, so be sure to keep
it cleared to keep room for more traffic.  I find
reading-the-mail is a great way to kill time while sitting in
the car waiting for the wife....

After all, APRS is all about fostering human communications on
ham radio in the local area...


> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org 
> [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org] On Behalf Of Robert
> Sent: Monday, July 30, 2007 12:50 PM
> To: 'TAPR APRS Mailing List'
> Subject: [aprssig] Shrinking HAM radio
> > Ham radio is dying and will probably be 
> > a memory in 10 years anyway...
> I have similar worries too if we don't look for opportunities
> condense our operations to make it easier to find each other.
> That is why I have been pushing for the last several years to
> use APRS as a means of facilitating the connection of
> human-to-human while mobile.  
> The APRS Voice Alert lets APRS users in range of each other to
> find each other no matter what their radio is doing otherwise.
> Now with this new LocalInfo Initiative for voice repeaters, we
> should be able to find someone to QSO no matter where we are.
> If you have not kept up with it, please take a look on this
> page:
> http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/localinfo.html
> Getting a consistent format is important so that we can build
> widgets to automatically tune to these recommended voice
> frequencies with the push of a button...  
> So anything I can do to APRS to make it easier to FOCUS ham
> radio operators that are on the air to be able to find each
> other, will be a benefit to the dwindling ranks...
> Bob, WB4APR
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