[aprssig] Fwd: QIKCOM-2 SPoken Messages

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Thu Jul 23 16:00:18 EDT 2015

Fill me in on what kind of POCSAG pagers are available to hams on the
receiving end?  They used to be VERY cheap.  Now?


*From:* Nagi Punyamurthula [mailto:n0agi at n0agi.com]
*Sent:* Thursday, July 23, 2015 12:16 PM
*To:* Robert Bruninga; TAPR APRS Mailing List
*Subject:* RE: [aprssig] Fwd: QIKCOM-2 SPoken Messages

Bob, et al;

Wanted to run this idea by you all;

Over the last couple of months, I have been playing w/ building a prototype
for POCSAG pager service to ride on top of APRS backbone.  A short video
can be found here (early stages)


the prototype’s objectives:

1.       *Station A* can send an APRS message of type POCSAG over the air
on the network.  The message would obviously include the standard APRS
message structure, except include the POCSAG “type ID” as part of the

2.       Stations identifying themselves as POCSAG capable (that is
stations equipped w/ a POCSAG Tx/Encoder, that know how to parse and send
an encoded POCSAG message), will react to this APRS message type, parse out
the message and send an encoded POCSAG message thru its own POCSAG
infrastructure and gate the packet to APRS-IS and mark it as “processed”

a.       Details are yet TB defined of course

3.       If Stations hearing these type of packets are NOT POCSAG capable,
will hopefully digipeat so to move the message forward.

As you can tell, NOT all details have been fleshed out yet.  I am still
noodling this idea and would love to include others of similar interest in
expanding the APRS web if you will.

Would this be a good candidate for a satellite type digipeating ? may be,
may be not

Just brainstorming as an idea, that’s all




*From:* aprssig [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org <aprssig-bounces at tapr.org>]
*On Behalf Of *Robert Bruninga via aprssig
*Sent:* Wednesday, July 22, 2015 10:50 PM
*To:* TAPR APRS Mailing List <aprssig at tapr.org>
*Subject:* [aprssig] Fwd: QIKCOM-2 SPoken Messages

Well, took a few moments and here are some of my ideas.  I just realized I
can allow a single digit modifier, so the digit can go from 0 to 8.

Demonstrating APRStt at Hamfest

Demonstrating APRStt to friends

I am on schedule.

I may be delayed N hours

I may be delayed N days

I may be early N hours

I May be early N days

I may quit early  N stops

I may go farther N stops

We are camping and enjoying it greatly.

We are hiking and enjoying it greatly.

We are sailing and enjoying it greatly

Call me on my cell

Call my cell on the hour.

Or there can maybe be 1-to-8 different whole word modifiers too.  Like:

Please Send ___ (Money, food, water, supplies, shoes, sleeping bag,

We are operating on ___ power (Solar, wind, battery, generator, emergency)

We are staying with ____ (Mom, dad, sister, brother, uncle, aunt,friends)

Please pass to ____ (Mom, dad, sister, brother, uncle, aunt,friends)

Just thinkin...


On Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 11:11 PM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:

Inviting proposed standard messages for the next APRS Satellite:

Our next QIKCOM-2 APRS satellite will accept 2 digit uplink DTMF messages
to be spoken on the downlink.  We have already programmed all of the ARRL
standard radio grams and emergency messages.

But there is room for more.  So think....  What kind of message would you
want to send (that is not included in the existing ones) from your HT out
in the wilderness.  At a hamfest?  or any other HAM Radio event or
opportunity.  Keep them simple and of the same order of length as the
existing ones.

The existing ones are listed here:

But the implementation cannot include blanks for fill-in like the regular
ones.  But any sentence that stands alone can work.

Just thought I'd open it up.  Plenty of RAM and only 1 week before

Serious considerations only.  Thanks

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