[aprssig] Future for aprs
Bob Burns W9RXR
w9rxr_ at rlburns.net
Fri Sep 7 14:40:12 EDT 2012
At 05:46 PM 9/6/2012, Scott Miller wrote:
>Not everyone here lives and breathes APRS...You can't be an expert
Nor should they, in my opinion. I think we provide the greatest
benefit to amateur radio by being well-rounded (and I'm not talking
about body shapes). It concerns me to hear hams say "I only work
contests" or "I only do storm spotting" or "I only do APRS". I think
those hams are being a bit narrow-minded. On the other hand, if
that's what suits their interests, so be it.
There are many facets to amateur radio. I've often said that if you
are bored with amateur radio, just look around. There's bound to be
some other mode of operating or some other specialized pursuit that
might interest you.
>That's up to you. Again, not everyone can be an expert, and not
>everyone *wants* to be an expert in a given field - some people just
>want to get a job done.
To some folks, amateur radio is tool, just like a computer or a
screwdriver or a chef's knife is a tool. They don't need to know how
to build those tools in order to use them. But, to get the best use
out of them, they may have to learn a few things beyond just putting
hands on the mouse or the handle.
That "amateur radio is a tool" attitude may be the source of Andrew's
frustrations. Kenwood and Yaesu have done a lot to popularize APRS.
It now falls onto those of us who have been messing with APRS for few
years to educate these new APRS users. I've done a few presentations
at various club meetings and hamfests about APRS. And, I've done a
lot of direct elmering with new APRS users. I'm not trying to pat
myself on the back, but I am trying to make a point that we need to
do our part to educate new APRS-ers.
>I've been hearing complaints about appliance operators since I got
>licensed a quarter century ago, and it was an old story then.
Hey, I'm one of those appliance operators! I'm very grateful to Scott
and Byon and the engineers at Kenwood and Yaesu for bringing products
to market that let me get on APRS by building nothing more than an
interface cable. I shouldn't leave out the software authors, either.
I wouldn't have gotten into APRS without the efforts of a bunch of
guys who are smarter or more talented than me.
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