[aprssig] Universal APRS messaging Opportunities!

The Bland Ranch root at blandranch.net
Wed Oct 29 11:24:06 EDT 2008


I don't see this as a wet blanket issue at all. These are not competing

I would expect that APRS messaging would not replace SMS messaging any given
teen would be using to talk with his peers. If a teen saw it that way, shame on
us for not doing the proper sales job for our fine hobby.

The community open to someone using APRS messaging (and APRS in general) is far
more broad. We, as hams, need to make sure we present it that way rather than
simply positioning it as a similar technology.

Chuck Bland

Quoting joe at dellabarba.com:

> I hate to be a wet blanket here, but kids using APRS for texting is not going
> to happen and you wouldn't like it if it did.
> Can you imagine all the 
> Most kids have cellphones now. They can send video, photos, and text to each
> other pretty reliably with no license and they are private. I just don't see
> the appeal. In the 1980s I could amaze my friends with phone calls from my
> HT. Not so much now.
> 73
> Joe N3HGB
> BTW, my 7 year old thinks ham radio is very cool. Have to see how long it
> lasts. 
> This univsersal HAM Radio Text Messaging is what the ARRL
> special committee on the future of Amateur Radio requested.
> Text messaging for all ham radio.  (Bring in the youth) as well
> as a system for emergency contact.
> www.aprs.org/aprs-messaging.html
> There are lots of opportunities here for lots of programmers and
> applications to gateway all of the many text-messaging systems
> altogether so that no matter what the device, you can send and
> receive amateur radio text messages by callsign address alone.
> (APRS-IS provides the backbone).
> Here are all the systems identified so far:
> APRS messages - send/receive
> APRS emails - send
> EMAIL->APRS - receive 
> FINDU/OPENaprs messages - send/receive
> DTMF messaging in the FT-51R and TH-78
> DCS messaging  in the VX3R, FTM-10R, etc
> DTMF messaging in all other DTMF radios (APRStt)
> IPHONE applications
> Blackberry applications
> OLPC (APRSXO) application
> Im thinking of seeing if I can put a DTMF/DCS receiver on 146.58
> MHz simplex in this area to listen for the non packet formats
> and convert over to APRS.  This simplex calling frequency
> appears both in the standard ARRL band plans as well as in the
> 20 KHz band plans in some states.
> If we cannot agree on that one, then 146.46, 147.42(ARES),
> 147.48, or 147.54 could also meet the criteria.
> Bob, Wb4APR
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