[aprssig] Global Message Groups!

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Tue Jul 1 11:39:54 EDT 2008

CQSRVR:  I made dozens of CQ FD APRS contacts via Pete's CQSRVR.

Not just Field Day, but this GLOBAL MESSAGE GROUP capability is
a fantastic new capability that I think is under utilized in
APRS. Groups such as SATERN, AMSAT, etc should conisder using
this new global group messaging capabiltity for large area
coordination.  Using only your APRS radio, you can be in
communication with all other APRS people in your group.  For
example, everyone involved in a Launch Campaign could send a
message to a group named "SAT-X" and then everyone else in that
SAT-X group (anywhere in the world) would get that message live.

See the web page:  http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/cqsrvr.html

Other Groups are SATERN, or ARES, or RACES, or MARS, or JOTA,
SCR and even CQ FD or anything else.  No prior set up is
required.  Just send a message to any group name of your choice.

APRS is about communicating LIVE with other operators.  APRS has
always had message groups, but before the CQSRVR, the groups
only worked on local RF (or APRS-IS-only).  But now with CQSRVR
written by AE5PL, much larger dispersed groups can now maintain
communications globally in real time using APRS.

Plan on it!  APRS is more than vehicle tracking!


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