[aprssig] APRS Object & Weather format

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Mon Oct 25 12:52:39 EDT 2021

I still can't quite accept that it's been more than 20 years since that 
spec was released!

I was recently helping out with an EU-based citizen science initiative 
that was at about the point APRS was before the spec - with a very ad 
hoc system that everyone /thinks/ they understand but no one has exactly 
the same understanding of. John Ackermann's introduction to the APRS 
spec perfectly explained the problem and how it was addressed.

I think it made an impression on them, but it also made me realize that 
a bunch of recent college grads probably consider it irrelevant ancient 
history because it happened when they were in preschool. I was their age 
when I started working on the OpenTracker, and got my extra class 
license mostly just to be taken seriously in this SIG. Now I'm one of 
the old farts going on about how we did it back in the day.


On 10/24/2021 12:26 PM, John Gorkos wrote:
> Hear, hear.  I stand in awe of the work it took to put the spec 
> together.  It was a mild curse, really more of a minor epithet, or 
> just a typographical grumble.  :)
> de AB0OO
> On 10/24/21 10:32 AM, Steve Dimse wrote:
>>> On Oct 24, 2021, at 3:10 AM, Ian_Wade_G3NRW via aprssig 
>>> <aprssig at lists.tapr.org> wrote:
>>> On 23/10/2021 21:10, John Gorkos wrote:
>>>> APRS Spec 1.01: 29 AUG 2000, bottom of page 65 (curse the editor 
>>>> that didn't put Table #s)....
>>> Gulp!
>> Worry not Ian. In the Karmic Halls of Justice the occasional curse is 
>> more than outweighed by the admiration, respect, and appreciation of 
>> those of who were there and saw the work you put in to make the spec 
>> happen!
>> Steve K4HG
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