[aprssig] APRS in daily use

Randy Allen ka0azs at earthlink.net
Mon Feb 21 02:04:31 EST 2011

Weather.  There are numerous weather stations in the area and I like the 
near real time reporting of temps and wind speeds.  Broadcast media and 
various websites have inherent delays and work on their schedule, not mine.

Of course, during severe weather events the importance of being able to 
view this data goes up (we use it in the local EOC, both because of it's 
timeliness and as a back up to other sources).

Both of our family cars have D700s and run Voice Alert (all of my family 
is licensed).  Handy to know who is where and to say a quick hi during 
commutes and errand running.  Especially since, being the OF Fuddy Duddy 
that I am, I refuse to use my %$*&# yuppie toy when driving.

Messaging is handy as my wife often turns down the voice side of her 
D700 and I can get her to come up by pinging her with a quick message.

Aside from the family, several other folks run APRS trackers here and 
it's nice to know when they are active to give them a call for a QSO.

During one of the local weekly ARES nets I transmit a bulletin and post 
an object that the net is active.  Have occasionally gotten check-ins 
either by APRS message, or by voice by someone that stated they saw the 

Bottom line, I use it as a tool to enhance situational awareness and 
communications with other hams.

Hope this helps


Randy KA0AZS
On 2/20/2011 20:18, 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!

Randy Allen, KAØAZS

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