[aprssig] APRStt 4 digit grid squares...justification
g8kbvdave at googlemail.com
Tue Feb 17 04:18:22 EST 2015
I've been following this trying to get my faded grey cell arround, just "why" we
need yet another incompatible (and incomplete) locator specification, for use via
Why? Doesn't APRS report one's position anyway if needed?
If the GPS isn't working (or you don't have one) you can program the location
into the gadget with mk1 finger and key. Lat/Long, or Maidenhead locator.
Accurate enough for most people.
Most (all?) modern hand held radios, and many mobiles have fist mic's with
keypads, that now sport the telephone sytle alpha numeric format, that allow full
(however many digits you want) Maidenhead locator (or old QRA square if you
need) as well as Lat/Long.
Sorry again Bob, but I can't help wondering what happened to the KISS
As for touch tones, again why? When you can send alpha/numeric text
messages via APRS?
Also, considering the range of VHF APRS, and the "self imposed limits" on the
number of hop's, why do we need another (and again incomplete) locator system
that fail to cover huge areas of the globe,
I'm obviously missing something, a frontal labotomy perhaps.
There are far more pressing things that need sorting with APRS, the archaic snail
pace data rate for one. Look at what the East Europeans have done with
advanced modulation systems for high speed microwave or optical data
backbone links, also out in the Western US with relatively standard 9k6
And the need for inteligent routing for messaging, rather than spewing it out
omnidirectionall like. (First one goes out omni' as usual, after an ack or reply,
subsiquent packets attempt to route "inteligently" between endpoints.)
(In the words of a famous song, "and it makes me wonder"...)
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