I totally agree. In this area we use Skywarn awareness for nets all
the time. I have suggested in the past a skywarn type of net for aprs
but it never took off.
At the EOC in my hometown (Lexington - Henderson County, TN) I setup a
aprs station on an old pc and it seemed to be a great tool for
skywarn. After a few months the EOC donated a much faster pc for aprs
use so it seems they also considered it a great asset to the arsenal
of communications available to hams. My main problem is finding time
to keep things like that running for others. Its hard enough to keep
all my personal equipment running much less travel to other locations
and fix problems there.
As far as I know the pc is just turned off at our eoc, but fully
functional last I heard. There is no reason to turn it off but I think
power outages happen and nobody turns the pc back on until the next
Could we setup aprs in every active skywarn location? All it takes is
a spare pc dedicated to aprs use. It doesn't have to be a high end
machine. I have people give me computers that are much more than what
would be needed to run aprs, so I feel like these wouldn't been TOO
much trouble to get on the air.
Do we have skywarn locations in each county in this area? I have heard
from others that some of the eoc's are cold dark places that see
little use except storage. Does anyone actually go to the hospitals
that have ham gear setup during skywarn activation?
Lets hear from everyone to see if we could stir up enough interest and
get something like this rolling. We have nearly 100 members from all
over this region subscribed to this list, so there is tons of talent
to get something going I feel like.
Thanks for listening and hanging in here on the list
--- In email@example.com
, "Alcorn County Amateur Radio Emergency
Service" <acares_05@...> wrote:
> Eric is correct in an earlier post about using APRS in Skywarn
> activities, or even other activities such as ARES/RACES. I agree with
> Mr Bob Brunig about the use of "trackers" although I believe the
> "tiny Trackers" can detect the data and therefore wait until the air
> is clear. I believe the best way to make APRS work, is to follow the
> suggestions given on the website about how to set up your equipment,
> and make sure it can detect that the air is clear before transmitting.
> Alcorn County ARES PIO
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "KB4YTM" <kb4ytm@> wrote:
> > Here is a blog posting by N5FDL David Coursey. He had some comments
> > about aprs and I wanted to share them with you. I am also posting the
> > reply by WB4APR Bob Bruninga in my next post. Here is the website
> > containing the original post:
> > http://n5fdl.com/davids-blog/2009/1/11/the-failed-promise-of-aprs.html