[aprssig] QRU - Anything for Me? (was: location-based services)

Keith VE7GDH ve7gdh at rac.ca
Thu Jul 21 14:15:14 EDT 2011

Bradley KC9GQR wrote...

> Didn't UI-View have something like that called info Kisok for something

That's UI-InfoKiosk. It is a UI-View add-on. It sends a beacon on RF
to announce its existence. Mobile stations can interrogate it via an APRS
message for a list of objects and then request an object. It responds with
an APRS message with a brief description and then sends an object
showing the location.

I've read Lynn's reply about it simply being an auto-responder, not
taking into account the location of the requestor. Usually the requester
is local to the UI-InfoKiosk. While there isn't anything to prevent a
distant station making a request, the objects are usually of more
interest for local stations than someone half a continent away. I'm
not knocking QRU. I just think that a local operator has a better idea
of what objects might be more useful for people within earshot on RF.
They would also be in a much better position to keep it updated with
any additions or changes.

73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
"I may be lost, but I know exactly where I am!"

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