[aprssig] APRS UPDATE 2022 Presentation at SEAPAC

David Dobbins ddobbins at gmail.com
Mon May 2 22:04:55 EDT 2022

Hi Gregg. Thanks for your input. I'm not sure there would be much utility
in developing a system of messaging that could be used while mobile with
the inherent dangers of operating a device while driving. As you mention,
texting while mobile is against the law for a reason. That being said, I'm
trying to visualize what a system would look/operate like if there was such
a device that could interpret text, format it for APRS messaging, or SMS,
and send the message w/o endangering the driver. We already have the
receive end of that in SMS and car audio, but not formulating a message.
What would be cool, while driving, if we could say "Send SMS (or APRS
Message) to (phone number or contact name) We're running 30 mins late" or
"Send APRS Message to K7GPS Text Marathon Station 22 is clear of all
personnel" but of course we would normally pick up the mic and say that,
instead of sending a message. I guess my use of APRS messaging would be
more fixed station environment to EOC or another non-mobile station. For
Y2K prep 20 years ago I helped set up a half dozen stations at hospitals
throughout sw Washington and similar station at the WA EOC. In event of
catastrophic power loss, the hospitals could still comm in relative privacy
for moving scripts around as needed, as each station had the drug coded and
formated for short message quantity needed, etc. There were no instances of
mobile messaging in this case, but I do remember there was an interface for
the Kenwood D700 years ago for a keyboard for use rather than the mic input
of messages. However, while people say they'd like to see the messaging
improve, I don't have many examples of how the messaging is being used now,
if at all, and how it could be improved. Thanks again for the input.

For Pete: I dunno. I haven't heard much discussion other than several
people are interested in leading the progress from here on.

Dave K7GPS

On Mon, May 2, 2022 at 7:29 PM Gregg Wonderly <gregg at wonderly.org> wrote:

> Primarily because APRS has been about mobile operations.  Texting while
> mobile is against the law for a reason.  Ham operators sending or reading
> messages on the go is not ideal, without very sophisticated tech such as
> speech recognition and audible control systems that speak to and understand
> voice commands.
> Put that level of support into a radio and then APRS messaging would start
> to get useful.  I used it on my TH D7A when it was new, but the push button
> interface was still tedious and required attention.
> Gregg
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Apr 27, 2022, at 12:07 PM, Peter Laws N5UWY <n5uwy at arrl.net> wrote:
> >
> > On Tue, Apr 26, 2022 at 9:49 PM David Dobbins <ddobbins at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >> If you were going, what would you want to hear?
> >
> > `Bob is gone.  What is the plan going forward?'
> >
> > (PS - not actually going)
> >
> >
> > --
> > Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!
> >
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