AMRAD at Hamvention 2009
Robert E. Seastrom
rs at seastrom.com
Sat May 9 08:00:55 CDT 2009
I know it's a little late to be thinking of modding the software (or
maybe not if you like living dangerously), but wouldn't a BOOTH NUMBER
be a far superior way of entering one's location rather than looking
it up on a grid? Booth number to grid translation is low art.
"Bob Bruninga " <bruninga at usna.edu> writes:
>> We will have chairs and a chance to sit
>> down and help us talk to prospective
>> new members.
> Remember, this year at Dayton, there will be an APRStt (Touchtone) gateway. Meaning anyone with any old HT with a DTMF keypad can report his position anywhere at Hamvention (to nearest 100 feet) using only a single X and Y digit (00 to 99) see the map on
> Of course, to know WHO is where, you have to pre-program your CALLSIGN into a DTMF memory. When you want to report where you are, you send the callsign memory, then manually key in Bxy#. The B key means a POSIT, the X and Y digits are from the map grid on the web page above, and # marks the end of data.
> So if someone would put up an APRS display at the AMRAD space, then ALL AMRAD wanderers can report where they are at any time with only those 4 key strokes on the APRStt channel (which will be 146.58).
> The APRStt gateway inside the arena will convert these DTMF strings to an APRS packet over on the APRS channel so everyone can see everyone.
>> I have made up a downloadable map from
>> Google Maps
> A similar one was loaded on the UIVIEW yahoo groups site, so that everyone would be looking at a good map of the buildings and flea market area that was using UIview.
> Bob, WB4APR
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