[aprssig] HF APRS igates

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Thu Apr 23 21:23:16 EDT 2020

On 4/23/2020 8:20 PM, Joe Bennett wrote:
> Looks like it. Found this text in the JS8CALL documentation. JS8NET handles it. 
> As long as you have the box checked:
>         @JS8NET and @APRSIS
> Available are two “special” groups for spotting. When spotting stations receive 
> messages to these @JS8NET and @APRSIS groups, the messages are posted to the 
> JS8NET spotting server for processing. This allows for specialized 
> functionality to be built to handle these messages. These groups are 
> non-standard, so you cannot add them to your groups list for standard group 
> processing. However, you can send messages to these groups directly (type it 
> into your TX message box, save it to your saved messages, etc).
> The @APRSIS group is an _experimental_feature allowing APRS messages to be 
> spotted to the APRS-IS gateway. Two message commands are available, GRID for 
> spotting your callsign at a specific location and CMD for sending a raw APRS 
> packet.

It's still not clear to me whether this only works for the Internet-connected 
home station itself.

Or will it work for stations received via RF by the Internet-connected home 
station?   I.e. acts like an igate.

Anyhow, I have JS8CALL ver 2.1.1 now up and running (I think).   It's now 
listening on a Yaesu FT-857 with the 500 Hz CW filter and a 105-foot 
ladder-line-fed dipole.

Once again, I'm monitoring  5.403.5 MHz USB   (US 60M "channel 5"with the 
"Offset" freq (just to the right of the waterfall) set to "1400 Hz".

Since I am monitoring through a narrow CW filter rather than the default SSB 
filter, you must be on or very near this frequency for you to even get through 
my radio and be heard by JS8CALL..


I've also noticed that while ver 1.1.1 of the program offered 60 Meters Chan 5 
as a band select option. (click the frequency in the black field even though 
it's not obvious this is a control.)   60M would show between 80 M and 40 M

Ver 2.1.1 doesn't offer this band - You have to enter it manually as a "custom 

Stephen H. Smith    wa8lmf (at) aol.com
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