[aprssig] CQSRVR and Net Nites?

Steve Noskowicz noskosteve at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 2 00:42:49 EST 2009

   While similar to a CQ on a dead band, there is a minor difference with CQSRVR.  You can't just look at your D7_0 readout to "listen".  You must send a CQ (as explained) in order to be "listening".   You gotta' prime the pump, so to speak, in your direction.  Well, an asterisk wild card in your message group might be considered listening, but only if you in range of a gated message, right?.
  The last person to send a CQ "hears" nothing until someone replies or someone else sends a CQ - this is not different than an RF CQ, but it helps to be reminded of it.  Takes just a little thinking to get comfortable with this puppy.

HNY Indeed!  Had to decode that one, Earl.
73, Steve, K9DCI
You know that sea of entropy we were going to drown in?  Well, upon closer examination, it turned out to be ignorance.  S. Noskowicz 1987

--- Bob Bruninga  wrote:

> I wonder if we should have a NET nite for APRS to encouage
> actual APRS humans to communicate!
> For the last year or more, we have global message
> capability via the CQSRVR thanks to AE5PL.  This means
> anyone can CQ everyone else on the planet for a live QSO.
> Since ham clubs and demo's can be any nite of the week,
> we could just say at 8 PM anyday, anyone anywhere can
> contact anyone else by simply sending CQ to CQSRVR, using
> ANY APRS message device.  This would improve propbabilities
> of finding contacts.
> Actually, you can use the CQSRVR anytime of anyday
> 24/7/365, but by haivng an 8PM net time, would not only
> assure plenty of humans in your time zone to make a contact,
> but since the world is round, and there are 24 time zones,
> then this would also guarnatee someone somewhere would be
> able to find a contact at any time during the 24 hours. 
> (well, actually, there are some pretty dead time zones for
> APRS, but that is another matter).
> Anyway, when ever I am sitting in the shack and actually
> have some playtime, I send a CQSRVR CQ to try to find
> others.  CQSRVR was designed for global CQ's for things
> like CQFD, CQ JOTA, CQ IOTA, CQ SCOUTS, and so forth, but
> there is no reason it cannot be used as a general CQ as
> well.  Here's how.
> Send APRS message to "CQSRVR"
> First 3 words are CQ CQ CQ ...
> Followed by free text.  For example:
> CQ CQ CQ from Maryland!
> Read all about it: www.aprs.org/cqsrvr.html
> Actually, you can do this anytime.  But unless you send out
> your CQ, you will not see any incoming CQ's, so it is
> just like any BAND on ham radio, you have to TUNE IN, to
> hear other CQ's.  In this case, sending the CQ message
> to CQSRVR is the equivalent of the "tune-in"
> process.  And will let you receive any other CQ's from
> anyone for some time period.  I think it might be 12 hours?
> See ya on the air!
> Bob, WB4APR
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