[aprssig] DX-cluster Messaging? (CC-cluster)
cak at dimebank.com
Wed Oct 7 10:11:27 EDT 2009
> Ah, such is the state of Ham radio. It's the same in APRS, with
> 40,000 users, maybe only 00.1% actually send a message...
Maybe that's because it's difficult to use and mostly doesn't work.
I got a D710 a few months ago, and was excited to finally be able
to send messages vehicle-to-vehicle. Until I tried it. Both options
for text input are absolutely miserable - even when fully stopped.
And once the message is entered and "sent", it's hugely unreliable.
EMAIL messages get through about 50% of the time, at best, even in
an area with good igate coverage. I rarely get the ACK back that
tells me the message was received. Car-to-car is far worse.
I would suggest that concentrating on the infrastructure, rather
than adding more congestion to the channel, would yield more valuable
73 de chris K6DBG
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