[aprssig] APRS Travel Season

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Tue Nov 25 11:34:51 EST 2008

The Travel seasons are upon us.  Is your local APRS network
ready to serve travelers?  Is your network properly configured
for new-N?  See www.aprs.org/fix14439.html.

Is your network providing the local recommended FREQ object for
travelers passing through?  (see www.aprs.org/localinfo.html).
Are you monitoring that voice repeater to help fellow travelers?

While traveling do you have Voice Alert enabled and the volume
up?  See www.aprs.org/VoiceAlert3.html

Is your local IRLP/Echolink node showing up on APRS in the
simplex range where it can be used?  See

Are you configured to receive messages?  Do you know how to send
email from your mobile?  See www.aprs.org/aprs-messaging.html

Does your Beacon contain your typical monitoring voice

Is your channel quiet more than half the time?  It should be for
best reliability.  In fact, it should be quiet more than 2/3rds
of the time.  If not, your network is overloaded.  See
www.aprs.org/aloha.html.   Spend 30 minutes monitoring your
local channel looking at PATHS.  Is everyone using an
appropriate path and rate?

Get out your radio.  Communicate.  Let APRS help you get


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