I think that APRS net would be a great idea. maybe along side the weekly activity net, like the skywarn or the traders net. But the only draw back i see, is IMessage 1 of 4 , Sep 25, 2007View SourceI think that APRS net would be a great idea. maybe along side the
weekly activity net, like the skywarn or the traders net. But the only
draw back i see, is I dont have a radio inside. So I can only
participate in one or the other...
Thanks for the reply Bobby, If you have an internet only aprs station on the air , then you could still participate in the net. The only downside to beingMessage 1 of 4 , Sep 25, 2007View SourceThanks for the reply Bobby,
If you have an internet only aprs station 'on the air', then you could
still participate in the net. The only downside to being internet only
is that RF only stations won't know your there as you are not
broadcasting your position on the airwaves. But an internet station
should see every station either rf or internet.
The best test of what aprs is capable of would be a net with RF only,
because the internet may not be available in a wide area disaster.
During Katrina, there were a couple of digi's still on the air, but
the internet was out for several miles (100 or more) from the affected
area. So the only aprs communications in that area were localized to
the coverage area of the digipeaters themselves.
I look at it like this. If we were to have a disaster along the New
Madrid, my internet here at my qth 'might' still be operational, of
course there are thousands of things that would depend on, but, if it
WAS working my aprs station could easily pass messages from anywhere
in the world into the affected area, depending on what was left of the
If we had a few home rf aprs stations still on the air, we could
easily set our path to use those stations to pass traffic, ie..
instead of WIDE2-2, I could use AF4ZR,KB4YTM-2,KE5IZ-1,etc.. as my
path and use those home stations to get a message to someone in the field.
There are lots of options, and the best way to learn those and
exercise those options would be to use aprs to its potential.
Keep the ideas coming!!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Bobby McLaughlin" <r_e_m76@...> wrote:
> I think that APRS net would be a great idea. maybe along side the
> weekly activity net, like the skywarn or the traders net. But the only
> draw back i see, is I dont have a radio inside. So I can only
> participate in one or the other...
Sounds like a good idea to me Richard. I ll be glad to check in, help out or whatever is needed on APRS. I ve never been Geocaching , but I ve heard someMessage 1 of 4 , Sep 27, 2007View SourceSounds like a good idea to me Richard. I'll be glad to check in, help
out or whatever is needed on APRS. I've never been "Geocaching", but
I've heard some about it, where one uses a GPS to locate hidden items
that may have some value or may be a swap item or something. I wonder
if anyone has ever adapted it to APRS (sort of like Foxhunting)? Just
--- In email@example.com, "KB4YTM" <kb4ytm@...> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> Fall is finally here, and the energy zapping heatwave we had over
> summer appears to have come to an end.
> What do we need to get APRS back in the mainstream that we had over
> last winter? There are several regular stations missing that are
> normally on the air 24/7.
> I had discussed the idea of a weekly net with a few of you guys,
> wasn't sure a dedicated aprs only net would last very long by
> I hoped we could run it alongside an existing weekly voice net like
> wx net, but it seemed most of our active storm spotters were not
> active on aprs. Are there wx nets in Memphis? I have never really
> heard one way or another.
> There was talk a couple of years ago about an aprs station being
> installed at the NWS office in Memphis, as they currently have
> a regular packet station there, but it was hardly used anymore. It
> would be simple to convert it over to aprs if there are any Memphis
> people on our list that would find out for us.
> Maybe more of a regional aprs net? Possibly a New Madrid area net?
> could then poll stations from the entire faultzone area and get
> station passing traffic to other state eoc's??
> I will shoot a few emails off to area aprs stations that may not be
> this list, and see if we get any positive results.
> Post all questions and ideas here so we can get them out in the open
> if you wouldn't mind. That's what our group is for.
> Drive safe out there and 73 for now.