[aprssig] Q: Is the word "emergency" a key word? A: YES!

Andrew P. andrewemt at hotmail.com
Sat Jul 25 12:51:21 EDT 2015

Considering that the text "EMERGENCY" in an APRS free-text position 
comment or status message makes most APRS clients fire off alarms, I'm 
wondering whether I should update my client (YAAC) to confirm that the 
user really means to scream "EMERGENCY" when they modify their position 
comment or status. We seem to be getting a number of users who proudly 
shout out that they are operating at an EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER or 
some similar place, and thereby annoy the users around them with 
spurious emergency triggers.

What's the consensus about adding a 
little confirmation dialog asking "Do you really mean to scream out 
EMERGENCY?", and fixing their text to mixed case if they don't say Yes?

Andrew Pavlin, KA2DDO
author of YAAC ("Yet Another APRS Client")

To: yaac-alpha-testers at yahoogroups.com
From: yaac-alpha-testers at yahoogroups.com
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 07:14:53 -0500
Subject: [yaac-alpha-testers] Is the word "emergency" a key word?




      I have noticed that the display in YAAC will occasionally be focused

about 120 miles west of my location.  I think the culprit is a beacon

that contains the word "emergency" in the text.  When it is received I

hear a console beep (coincidental to Mutt getting new mail?) and the

focus of YAAC's map is shifted to center on the location of the packet.

I suppose that it is not that big of a deal now that I know what is

happening.  I've attached a screenshot of the packet in question that

the Raw Packet window highlighted in red.

73, Nate


"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all

possible worlds.  The pessimist fears this is true."

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