[aprssig] APRS in daily use

Wes Johnston, AI4PX wes at ai4px.com
Sun Feb 20 21:51:51 EST 2011

Years ago when there was a tracker in the wife's car, she had left her cell
phone home and I needed to speak to her.  I saw she was pulling up at the
local video rental store.  I called the store and asked the clerk if I could
speak to the woman in the pink sweater about to walk in the door.  She said
he was quite astonished.

Some of the locals used to play "tag" by finding each other' cars in the
parking lots and putting notes on the windshields.

We use the hailing frequency (car tracker on 144.39 w/100hz pl tone) to know
when the other is available to qso.  If I get off work a little later than
usual, kc4pl will be driving home and I'll hear the packet racket on the
left side of the radio and call him on the local repeater.

APRS also good for talkins to hamfests.   If the person is running a blind
transmitter (ie no GPS display), at least the talkin folks can see him and
guide him in on the local repeater.

"Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about."
-- B. L. Whorf

On Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 21:24, Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) <
ldeffenb at homeside.to> wrote:

> My wife and I both have Tracker2 trackers with Nuvi350 interfaces in our
> vehicles.  Sometimes when we're both out and about, we'll spot each other on
> the Nuvi screen and send a quick APRS message to meet for dinner.  We'd
> never bother to call because we're never sure of the timing of the other,
> but with the instant visibility to motion and proximity, we know the
> opportunity is there.
> I've also received APRS messages on the Nuvi with the typical "can you
> bring a loaf of bread home" and have sent the same as I saw her van driving
> into the store.  Again, if I didn't know she was going to Sam's Club, I
> wouldn't have thought to ask her for the case of Green Tea, but when I see
> her on approach, I remember to ask.
> Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32
> On 2/20/2011 8:18 PM, William McKeehan wrote:
>> In East Tennessee, we have found APRS to be very valuable for special
>> events,
>> but the interest and activity drops off dramatically between those events.
>> We have a weekly voice net on which we discuss APRS; I'd like to present
>> some
>> suggestions there about how APRS can bring value to your every day life.
>> I'm struggling to identify the things for which APRS is ideal for every
>> day
>> life, so I turn to this group for ideas.
>> Do you use APRS daily? Why? How do you use it and what value do you get
>> from it?
>> Thanks!
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