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TAPR APRS Special Interest Group Digest for Wednesday, July 07, 2004.

1. 220 MHz APRS backbones?
2. PMmap New Version
3. 220 MHz stuff
4. Re: aprs newbe
5. APO Project (photos, more notes)
6. Re: 220 MHz APRS backbones?
7. Summer Packet Status Register: work in progress
8. Fw: [IAEM-LIST] PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT ! ARIZONA Gov announces possible power
9.  DOS Pocket PC


Subject: 220 MHz APRS backbones?
From: "Robert Bruninga" <>
Date: Wed, 07 Jul 2004 10:03:35 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

A friend just said he saw on Ebay a sale of 218 MHz packet radios for $x
and antennas and so forth.

I cannot find them.  
Maybe they are gone.
But I hear the big commercial endeavour that took the 220 Frequencies FROM
us went bust, so these packet systems might start shwing up on ebay and

I have no clue about this stuff.  Just passing along a rumor...  Bob


Subject: PMmap New Version
Date: Wed, 07 Jul 2004 10:25:13 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

Hi All
       New version of PMmap is now on line.

Whats New:
Version 1.01
Added support for Peet Bothers Weather Stations. You can now hook up the
following Peet Brothers Weather Stations. Ultimeter 2000, 800 and 100. Note
you can only use Peet Brothers Packet Mode.

If you have version 1.00 running on your pc and want to use version 1.01
then the file is for you. Just follow the instructions on
my Web Site.

PMmap when connected to a weather station formats and sends the complete
APRS time stamped weather packet. So PMmap is compatible with the Kenwood
APRS radios.

I do not own a Weather Station. The way I tested this new feature was by
using Findu to capture $UTLW packets from WA1LOU. Thanks Stan for the idea.
I then connected two PC. On one PC I had PMmap running with com1 connected
to an Alinco DR-135T. Com2 on this PC was connected via a Null Modem to
another PC. This PC acted like a weather station. I took the captured
packets and made separate files out of each packet. Then using windows
terminal program sent each file (Packet) to the PMmap PC one at a time.

I then went again to Findu to look at my weather packets that PMmap sent.
Findu decoded the packets just fine.

In other words this new feature has not had the rigorous testing that I
normally do before releasing software. Your mileage may very.

Please let me know how everything works out.

Let us hope we never witness the "Silence Of The Hams"
73 DE John  KB2SCS


Subject: 220 MHz stuff
From: Earl Needham <>
Date: Wed, 07 Jul 2004 09:04:08 -0700
X-Message-Number: 3

Bob, saw your message re:218 MHz equipment on eBay.  Here's a message I
received on another mailing list, back in November.  Seems that, while the
equipment may be sold as surplus, the FCC is trying very hard to find a
user for the frequencies.

>220 MHz is alive and well for railroad use.
>The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted the Association
>of American Railroads (AAR) authority to take over and use ten
>narrowband channels in the 220 MHz former ham band to develop and
>implement a nationwide open-standard system for Portable Locomotive
>Control Technology (PLCT) - the "formal" name for the next
>generation of RCL. In its application, AAR stated that it expects
>to have this need for 300 railyards in the next 3 years.
>The channels involved are: 220.1025 MHz 221.1025 MHz
>220.1075 221.1075
>220.1125 221.1125
>220.1175 221.1175
>220.1225 221.1225
>No doubt this will use digital encoding. As usual, The Big Emm is
>moaning and groaning because they don't have anything on the shelf
>The FCC document reference is:
>* = doc for Word document
>pdf for Adobe PDF document
>txt for plain-text document.

7 3

Earl Needham, KD5XB, Clovis, New Mexico  DM84jk
SETI@Home:  11643WU/7.56yrs


Subject: Re: aprs newbe
From: "Curt, WE7U" <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 08:57:36 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 4

On Tue, 6 Jul 2004 wrote:

>Hello, I have just finished building a 'Tinytrak' and am in the process
>of building interface cables to my TM-241A and am wondering if there is
>adigipeater in my part of the world (Oroville, WA)

The regional group here is NWAPRS, and there's a mailing list so that we
can all keep in touch and get help on various issues:

Another good local resource is

Curt, WE7U		
"Lotto:    A tax on people who are bad at math." -- unknown
"Windows:  Microsoft's tax on computer illiterates." -- WE7U
"The world DOES revolve around me:  I picked the coordinate system!"


Subject: APO Project (photos, more notes)
From: James Jefferson Jarvis <>
Date: Wed, 07 Jul 2004 13:41:38 -0500
X-Message-Number: 5

I added some more photos and construction notes.



Subject: Re: 220 MHz APRS backbones?
From: Rich Osman <>
Date: Wed, 07 Jul 2004 17:03:30 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6

It closed for $xx.xx See:

Listing says he has more.  You might contact him and do a bulk deal.


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Subject: Fw: [IAEM-LIST] PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT ! ARIZONA Gov announces possible
power curtailments
From: "Spider" <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 18:29:08 -0700
X-Message-Number: 8


Are you prepared?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <>
To: <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2004 5:05 PM
Subject: [IAEM-LIST] PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT ! ARIZONA Gov announces possible
power curtailments

>PLEASE NOTE: This is a PUBLIC discussion list; information shared on this
list is NOT secure _____________________________________________
>ARIZONA Gov announces possible power curtailments
>FOX NEWS Reporting:  AZ Gov. Janet Napolitano is briefing the public  on
>possible forced Arizona city power curtailments due to powerlines/transformers
>having been burned in present forest fires.
>*Immediate action requested by all Arizona  citizens:
>    -Set all Air  Condition units up to 82 degrees.
>    -Please do NOT use  home appliances between 4 and 7pm. Exceptions
>      are  refrigerators/freezers.
>*There will be no forced blackouts tonight - 07 July 2004.
>*Public Safety Officials will advise citizens of rolling blackout (city)
>areas to be implemented if neccessary - begining 08 July 2004.
>    -Blackouts will be between  4pm and 7pm
>    -There will be NO traffic  lights
>    -Essential Services will  NOT be affected (hospitals, police depts,
>911, etc.)
>    -Citizens are asked to  turn OFF all appliances except
>This information is provided by Nena Wiley, Traumatic Stress and Emergency
>Resource Specialist, Litchfield Park, AZ., as a service to members of  the
>Emergency Services and Management Community with the purpose of offering
>and timely information on emergency, terrorism and critical incidence stress
>management (CISM) issues. Posts may be forwarded to other individuals,
>organizations and lists for non-commercial purposes. To join the list,
please  send
>an e-mail with "subscribe ES" in the subject line to Nena Wiley at :
>"When terrorism threatens our  future, we cannot afford to live in the past."


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