[aprssig] APRS in Orlando?

Dave Baxter Dave at emv.co.uk
Thu Mar 19 09:11:47 EDT 2009


"Situational Awareness" is a fine idea, but...

The last time I was in the states (PA/NY) with the trusty D7-E, trying
to read such info was a right pain.  There was so much traffic, it just
whizzed off the tiny screen before I had any chance of reading it, of
what was displayed.   Messages get saved in its memory OK, objects etc
just pass by.  A D7, I (used to at least) be able to carry with me on
flights etc, a D700 (or similar) no way.

When I did get a chance to hook up the road weary laptop to it, much of
the information (in Northern NY city in particular) was wrong, in
regards to local voice repeater details (frequency and tone requirements
etc).   That was back in 2005/6 I think.

Are any of the later APRS capable handies any better in this respect?

73.  Dave G0WBX

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob Bruninga [mailto:bruninga at usna.edu] 
> Sent: 19 March 2009 04:45
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Subject: [aprssig] APRS in Orlando?
> Just thought some Orlando folks might want to see this that I 
> saw on another group:
> > This APRS stuff is starting to make some more sense to me. I am in 
> > Tempe, AZ today and have had my eyes opened up a bit.
> > I am actually seeing OBJECT beacons on my vx-8r that have 
> useful info.
> >
> > Back home in Orlando, FL even after 3 weeks of APRS monitoring, I 
> > haven't seen a single object beacon.
> APRS is supposed to be a local info channel giving 
> situational awareness about ham radio activities of all kinds 
> and of general interest to everyone.  I wonder if there is 
> more we can do in that area.
> If Orland is new-N paradigm compliant, at least any visitor 
> should see the locally recommended voice repeater and net 
> times and meeting dates after monitoring the channel for only 
> 10 minutes!  Please see www.aprs.org/localinfo.html
> Bob, WB4APR

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