[amsat-bb] Re: APRS on Bernuda and Atlantic
bruninga at usna.edu
Mon Dec 19 14:35:31 PST 2011
> Ah, but an APRS satellite would be one
> of those silly pointless FM beepsats.
APRS has had an HT global text-messaging tool before the cell phone craze
brought it to everyone.
Since 1998, Ham radio has had an HT (the D7) that can text-message any other
APRS HT or mobile on the planet in real time by only knowing the
receipient's callsign. This is not email, it is live texting HT-to-HT
Too bad most of ham radio still has never even tried it and criticize it
when most of billions of people on the planet now embrace texting as a
valuable human-to-human communications tool.
We've had HT texting for over a decade. Well ahead of consumers... yet we
squander it away rather than learn to use it.
APRS was never primarioy about GPS tracking. It was first a human-to-human
work-everywhere comm link on a single national channel. Too many people got
distracted by the maps, and never even tried to communicate with it.
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