[aprssig] Help with repeater beacon

Guido Trentalancia iz6rdb at trentalancia.com
Thu Feb 17 10:14:20 EST 2011

Hello Bob !

On Thu, 17/02/2011 at 09.48 -0500, Bob Bruninga wrote:
> > Actually, I don't see any way to actually make this work 
> > unless I change my beacon callsign to "147.15NGA" and 
> > send a position packet that looks like this:
> > 147.15NGA>BEACON,WIDE2-1:111111z3414.21N/08409.60Wr147.150MHz T143 R60m
> > NET2000TU Cumming,GA de AB0OO
> Should not be necessary.  These radios (D710, D72 and FTM-350 and all future
> radios) are supposed to pull the frequency out of either the OBJECT name
> -or- the text.  That is part of the whole plan.

Well, if that is the plan then the current Kenwood firmware might be
broken as John was suspecting. But they do not document that either
(they clearly stated that what they do is to parse the comment/status

So perhaps, it's just not implemented by Kenwood.

But then you get reports from other people in this thread that say
objects are parseable for them... Confusing !

My opinion remains the same: better using the comment of standard
beacons with Kenwood radios (as we can't change them directly anyway).

> The one packet gives travelers all kinds of info.
> FREQ, Tone, Offset, Range, Net times, meeting dates...
> But it is sad to see so many packets on the air announcing frequencies that
> are not in the APRS Frequency format.  Please look at local packets, and if
> someone is not using the correct format for automatic QSY, suggest that they
> might want to consider changing to the correct format.  
> The correct spec is: http://aprs.org/info/freqspec.txt
> This web page is obsolete!
> http://webster-new.dmz.usna.edu/Users/aero/bruninga/aprs/freqspec.txt
> Thank you for finding it so I can KILL it.

Google found it. It's just that the base URL kept changing so often...
Good to know that it has its own place now !


Guido IZ6RDB

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