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TAPR APRS Special Interest Group Digest for Thursday, July 15, 2004.

1. AEA/Timewave PK-900 Users
2. APRs servers
3. RE: APRs servers
4. help with pice
5. Summer travels and APRS Voice Alert
6. RE: APRs servers
7. ANNOUNCEMENT:  Change in TAPR Mailing Lists
8. Findu
9. Garmin GPS 18pc DIED
10. RE: Garmin GPS 18pc DIED
11. Weather Radar mosaics return


Subject: AEA/Timewave PK-900 Users
From: Greg Higgins <>
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 23:34:06 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

Is anybody using the PK900? Anybody willing to share their knowledge? 
Please let me know! Thanks in advance!!



Subject: APRs servers
From: "Jimmy Burkhalter" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 05:38:38 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

Does anyone know why the APRs servers are not working? I am only able to get
connected for about 15 to 30 mins a day.

Jimmy Burkhalter  KB5WIO
Amarillo,  Texas***


Subject: RE: APRs servers
From: "AE5PL Lists" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 05:58:00 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3 is down.  The other core servers and all of the tier 2
servers are working normally.

What servers and ports are you connecting to?  Is your software logged in
(check by going to port 14501 on most servers with your browser, e.g. )?


Pete Loveall AE5PL


Subject: help with pice
From: "nick pugh" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 06:26:15 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

I have a pice and I am trying to get the program picprog.exe running on my
widows 98 computer. I set the com port for com 1 and try to load the program
picediag.hex loaded. Pushing any button returns  an error message programmer
initialization failure check port error. Any suggestions would be helpful



Subject: Summer travels and APRS Voice Alert
From: "Robert Bruninga" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 09:48:09 -0400
X-Message-Number: 5

Still a large number of mobiel APRS users I run into are still unaware of
the advantages to travelers of running APRS Voice Alert (CTCSS-100) on
their APRS band A.

If you are traveling this summer, and have a D7 or D700, always run CTCSS
100 and leave the volume up..  But even if you dont have one of these
radios and are looking for local QSO's, you can still use ANY radio to
monitor 144.39 with CTCSS 100 for any other APRS user in simplex range...

If you hear anything, then there is another such station in simplex range
of you.  Its like an automatic radar "ping" for other APRS Voice Alert
stations in radar (simplex) range of you.

Caveat:  1) Once you make contact, QSY to 52...

         2) NEVER run PL-100 packets if you are not also LISTENING.  THis
            is like calling CQ continuously and then refusing to listen for
            any replies.  It is discourteous!

>>>"Robert Bruninga" <>7/15/04 9:11:48 AM >>>
>My XYL and I are traveling... [is there] a program out there 
>that can track the available 2 M. repeaters along the route...

While someone else answers that question, here is a splinter idea that may
help you QSO other mobiles simplex to you that want to chat while you

You can set your radio to 146.52 and call CQ every minute...


you can set it to 144.39 with CTCSS set to 100 Hz and listen for nearby
APRS mobiles that are "calling CQ" automatically every minute.  If you hear
one, then you *know* that he is there, he is in simplex range, and he has
his radio on 144.39 CTCSS 100 awaiting your voice call...

Think of it as an automated proximity radar for mobile HAM radio.  Just
listening to 146.52 has no where near the success rate, because unless
everyone is calling CQ every minute, you can pass within 100 feet of each
other and never know the other guy was there.

This technique is called APRS Voice Alert.  And it works because every APRS
mobile is GUARANTEED to always have a radio on 144.39 (for APRS)...  But by
using CTCSS 100, all the packet racket is totally suppressesed but the same
radio can still be used to receive a PL100 Voice call.  Its a free local
voice-alert radio...  He is always there and he is always listening...

This is why, if you call someone on 144.39 with PL100, you "must" say the
words "Voice alert" or the other station won't know that he heard you via
his APRS Packet radio which otherwise is always silent (CTCSS 100).  He
will think he heard you on his other voice radio and may respond to you
there, and then you not hearing his response, the QSO opportunity is

This is off-topic to AMSAT-BB, but I thought I would answer this frequent
"travelers delima" question that has more-or-ess been solved with CTCSS 100
and APRS beacons on 144.39 for travelers...

Every mobile running APRS with the dual channel D7  or D700 radio always
runs this configuration... But its a big country.  You may only pass one a



Subject: RE: APRs servers
From: "Gerhard F5VAG" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 15:49:24 +0200
X-Message-Number: 6

>-----Original Message-----
>Does anyone know why the APRs servers are not working? I am only able to get
>connected for about 15 to 30 mins a day.

If you want to know the present status of the APRS IS Tier 2 server network,
you can see it here:  or here:

If you use MSIE as browser you'll have to wait about 20 seconds to see the
status table dispayed; some more intelligent browsers allow you to see the
table build-up row by row.

73 de Gerhard, F5VAG / DL7MW


Subject: ANNOUNCEMENT:  Change in TAPR Mailing Lists
From: John Ackermann N8UR <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 12:30:45 -0400
X-Message-Number: 7

We are beginning to transition all TAPR mailing lists from the current
Windows NT box running the dreaded Lyris, to a new machine running Debian
Linux and the Mailman mailing list software.

We are starting to export list and member data from the old machine to the
new, and we hope to do the cut-over before the end of the weekend, though
that could be delayed if there are unexpected hiccups.  There may be some
list outages between now and next Monday while we make the changes and the
nameserver information updates across the net.  Also, any subcription
requests or changes made over the next few days may be lost.

Mailing list addresses will remain the same (i.e., <list>
There will be a new web-based interface for managing your subscriptions;
we'll post more info about that (and the URL) as part of the welcome
message you'll get when the lists transfer.

We expect that basic member information -- email address, name, password,
and whether you receive messages one at a time, or as a daily digest --
will transfer from Lyris into the new system.  However, our apologies in
advance if something goes wrong and you need to resubscribe or change your
preference settings.

Finally, there will also be a new archive system starting from the
transition date, but it will be a while (weeks to a month or two) before
the full-search capability returns.  We hope to incorporate the old
archives (minus spam) into the new ones, but aren't sure yet if that will
be feasible.

We will post another announcement to all the lists when the transition is
complete.  Wish us luck...

John N8UR
President, TAPR --


Subject: Findu
From: Robbie - WA9INF <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 13:09:00 -0500
X-Message-Number: 8


I have noticed after receiving a question from a friend, that Findu is 
showing a status line of :

Status: 140217zUI-View32 V2.03
Altitude: 685 feet

for a staion running a Tiny Trak III

Is this possible? Didn't know he could do that... I says he did not set 
anything to that effect, <g>

Anyone else with a comment??

Can an I-GATE do something to this packet? The callsign is kk9h-9 that 
is in question.



Subject: Garmin GPS 18pc DIED
From: roger w rockwell <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 21:16:27 -0500
X-Message-Number: 9

Well, my Garmin GPS18pc worked great for about two week then bellied up. 
I got it from THE GPSSTORE.  They said sorry Charlie and told me to call
I've got Garmin RMA number and sending it back to Garmin for replacement.



Subject: RE: Garmin GPS 18pc DIED
From: "Andrew Rich" <>
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2004 12:52:14 +1000
X-Message-Number: 10

Curious I just bought one.

Any special treatment at the time of death ?

Andrew Rich (VK4TEC)


Subject: Weather Radar mosaics return
From: Gerry Creager n5jxs <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 22:38:22 -0500
X-Message-Number: 11

We suffered a pretty serious disk (RAID) problem on our radar data
acquisition and archival system recently.  As of this evening, things
should start to get back to normal.

The original problem started with a power failure and a failure to shut
down a 2 TB server when the UPS died.  We restarted the RAID and remounted
the disk.  2 days later we were starting to see disk errors and unstable
storage operations.  I was, of course, out of town on vacation, and I
didn't have anyone from the Texas Mesonet site available to who could
manage the file system checks and other actions necessary.

I started the process and traded off with Unidata tech support since
Monday.  Because of travel on my part, and teaching committments on the
part of the Unidata tech support folk, we weren't able to do any of the
file maintenance between 1100 CDT and 2200 EDT yesterday.  The file system
maintenance was restarted last evening, and ran thru the night, and the
entire day today, while I was in meetings.  I returned to the room at 2200
EDT and the system was just completing the maintenance.  A final check of
status, the disk array was remounted as a usable mount point, and the LDM
system restarted.

Radar mosaics for Texas and the CONUS should be running again.

This and several other failures on my vacation (dual-band radio died,
inverter for the kids' entertainment turned to toast, car battery failing
in the inlaws' driveway, getting a cold, then giving same to the entire
family) make me think I may never go on vacation again.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

73, Gerry N5JXS
Gerry Creager --
Texas Mesonet -- AATLT, Texas A&M University	
Cell: 979.229.5301 Office: 979.458.4020
FAX:  979.847.8578 Pager:  979.228.0173
Office: 903A Eller Bldg, TAMU, College Station, TX 77843



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