[aprssig] Generic Smartphone APRS aps!

Wes Johnston, AI4PX wes at ai4px.com
Tue Jan 25 18:42:53 EST 2011

Bob.... if people here in a America don't know distance and don't know what
a mile is, that is WONDERFUL.  Ve kan now svitch to kilometers.  Ze drem haz
kom tvue.


Wondering why the heck we are still using imperial units.

On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 16:33, Bob Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:

> > Without a mapping application,
> > APRS is virtually useless.
> Well, that sentiment is what pervades Amateur Radio and is why we are still
> just a small minority of map voyeurs instead of communicators.  The APRS
> channel cannot provide the map tracking continuity that map tracking
> voyeurs
> expect.  Promoting APRS as just a tracking system is a self-defeating dead
> end. (and is why we are stuck where we are today with hardly anyone
> communicating while mobile anymore because all the repeaters are PL'ed and
> there is no easy on-the-fly way to make a contact.
> Of course, maps are GREAT to see where all the net participants are
> currently located in the VHF RF domain and special events and all kinds of
> uses,...  But to fulfill the basic needs of a single national network
> channel for establishing immediate communications between users, the map is
> not as important as some think.  I assume that most tactical aware hams can
> visualize where someone reported as 3.5 miles NW is located relative to the
> area.  Same goes if they are 35 miles west, or wherever.
> But in my non-ham radio dealings, I guess I have seen a whole lot of folks
> who are just basically clueless about spatial awareness and couldn't tell
> someone which way is north, or how to get to the nearest Radio shack
> without
> a map.  Asked how far away the Home Depot is, I am amazed that many people
> (who know where it is) cannot estimate the distance even within a factor of
> 2!  Is it a mile away?  Is it 10 miles away?  They just look stunned as if
> they have never heard of a "mile" as a unit of distance. "Just go that way
> to the McDonalds and turn left."
> My earlier list of priorities for implementing APRS was in no way meant to
> diminish the value of maps.  But it was to show that the most important and
> easiest aspects of APRS as a communications and information distribution
> network do not necessarily require maps.
> Get the communications built-in first, then add the maps as the icing on
> the
> cake.
> Bob, Wb4APR
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