[aprssig] Newsline Frequency Objects on APRS

Adam Cartwright adam.cartwright at gmail.com
Sun Aug 31 10:19:31 EDT 2008

What are the best tools available for creating and managing objects?  I'm
sure there are a lot of opinions about this, but I'm wondering what most
people are using.

AdamC (W0AKO)

-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
On Behalf Of Bob Bruninga 
Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2008 7:53 AM
To: wa5itf at arrl.net; aprssig at lists.tapr.org
Subject: [aprssig] Newsline Frequency Objects on APRS

Amateur Radio Newsline Frequency Objects can alert mobiles of when and where
to listen and should also be transmitted whenever Newsline is on the air!  

APRS is making great strides in providing useful information to APRS mobile
operators about recommended local Voice Repeater Frequencies for the
visiting traveler.

I suggest the following naming convention for NewsLine objects:

Object Name: NEWS-Tu9
Objet Path: DIRECT or ONE-HOP maximum!

The format above would indicate the news net is operated Tuesday Nights at 9
PM.  The object (just like all other local FREQUENCY objects) would contain
the Frequency and Tone so that the newer APRS radios could QSY and auto-tune
to that channel with a single push of the TUNE button.

When the Newsline Net was actually in progress, the name of the object would
change to NEWS-Now, and with some creative use of APRS bulletins could even
be SPOKEN via some of the APRS radios with voice chips.   (Someone needs to
look though the vocabulary of the voice chip and see what words we can use
to best alert the driver of he Newsline in progress)...

This is just one of the many applications for providing useful local info of
value to the mobile operator.  Please see the web page:


These dedicated Newsline operators put lots of effort into these news nets,
and by putting out an APRS object while they are in progress, they can alert
all operators within range. Most of them should be able to hook up a TNC to
their radio and set the BEACON TEXT to perform this function.

APRS is the universal, continent wide single information resource channel
that can reach ALL operators at anytime, anywhere, no matter what else they
are doing with their radio.  Exercise it, use it, and with Frequency
Objects, tune in on what others are doing!

Bob, Wb4APR

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