This fall during the JOTA (Jamboree on the air) scouting event, you
can use a new tool to try and make contacts with scouts from around
the world via APRS.
There is a new server called CQSRVR that will allow you to 'sign in'
and send a cq message that other scouting aprs stations will see. This
will then allow you to have direct communications via aprs with the
scouts from anywhere in the world.
I won't go into too much detail, but I will post a couple of links
below that explain it better.
I tested it earlier and made a contact with WB4APR-3 who was also
using the new CQSRVR.
To use it, this is all there is to it:
Send a msg on APRS to CQSRVR and in the message, put:
CQ SCOUTS hi, richard from Tn calling cq
Of course, you would use your name or whatever msg you send. The CQ
SCOUTS actually logs you into the cqsrvr machine, then all stations
that send messages to CQ SCOUTS pop up on your pc. This will allow you
to get the callsign of the station calling cq, and allow you to make a
direct contact via aprs messaging. The system limits you calling cq to
once every 30 minutes. And once you give the initial cq, you stay
logged in for a period of 12 hours. So you will see ALL other stations
that send a cq for that amount of time.
Take a look at these sites and let us know if you have success using
this next weekend (Oct 20-21) during the JOTA. Of course you can use
it now to see if anyone else is testing it to get a feel for it.
73 for now,