[aprssig] Weather Stations and Net Neutrality

Richard Hoskin vk3jfk at amsat.org
Fri Aug 15 19:50:28 EDT 2008


I understand where you are coming from with position weather data. However
here in Australia we need to use positionless-weather data as it is
currently the only way we can get weather information from the Government
Weather Authority out to APRS RF.

We don't have the same facilities available to us here as you do in the US.


> Which is exactly why we need to get get rid of this
> positionless-weather abomination and at least make sure that the
> WX that we do deliver over our meager 1200 baud APRS channel to
> the mobile is at least useful and complete, instead of sending
> positionless Weather most of the time of no use to the mobile
> traveler, even though he is receiving it every 10 minutes... But
> cannnot use it until an hour or more when he finally gets a
> position to match it to.  Which by then he is in the next county
> or state...
> > It was a nice dream, but it is over.  Ham radio
> > could not match the economy of scale of the cell
> > phone industry. I say, use each system for what
> > it does best.
> Yes.  Send a WX report complete with its position.  Best for
> everyone.
> > And as always, if you really need to know a WX
> > station's position, you can send ?APRSP? to them.
> I'd rather send every WX report in the original APRS "complete"
> format so that every single packet has complete meaning to
> anyone/everyone that receives it in real time, rather than
> sending out the weather as a "tease" and then suggsting, " now
> if you want to know WHERE this rain or this cool temp, or this
> wind is, you have to wait an hour or ASK me for it with about a
> dozen key presses.  Sorry, that is not how I would design an
> APRS service for amateur radio RF users.

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