I would have to say that since I have had my license I have used APRS
more then I have anything Amateur Radio. I got interested in the
program long before I became a Ham, and then when I got my license, my
interest compounded. My first mobile rig was a Kenwood TM-D700,
because of the APRS. I have since went on to put my 700 in my Jump
Kit, for mobile APRS, where ever I need to set up. I then purchased a
Kenwood TM-D710, which is an AWESOME unit I might add, combined with
the AvMap G5, it is a perfect mobile APRS Duo.
I believe that this system would help us in any activation, especially
skywarn. With the overlay of weather directly to the maps, you see
exactly where your spotters are in conjunction with the incoming
weather. You will not have to wait for some one to quit talking if you
needed to send an urgent message to that spotter to tell him that he
is in the direct line of fire from the oncoming storm. We all know
that when we are activated, nets can get a little bogged up, and if
you send that station a message via APRS, then that is one less thing
you have to tie up the air with.
I would also say that APRS would be a good idea for ARES / RACES
events, whether activated or drill. I will not go into all the pluses
that this would add to a scene, but I will give you a few of the ones
I see. If you have ever been to an activation or drill, you have seen
and heard the "talk-in nets", ok, imagine this, instead of talking
everyone of those responders in one or two at a time, set-up a APRS
station, and let them follow your beacon in. I know everyone don't
feel that this system is very valuable, and that's why they have not
purchased the equipment. But, if used correctly, this system would be
an collective arsenal of tools for any EOC, or Disaster Scene.
With that, I will say 73's for now,
" KI4WKW "
Crockett County ARES Emergency Coordinator
Crockett County Amateur Radio Society