[VHFcontesting] Beta Twitter-to-APRS/DX-Cluster Gateway for June
gerry at w1ve.com
Tue Jun 9 11:42:26 EDT 2015
90% of APRS and DX Cluster traffic is not sent via amateur radio!
However, it is not QSOs, it's merely meta data about stations.
QSOs still happen on the radio -- no fear!
73, Gerry W1VE
Gerry Hull, W1VE | Hancock, NH USA | +1-603-499-7373
AKA: VE1RM | VY2CDX | VO1CDX | 6Y6C | 8P9RM
On Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 10:01 AM, Jonesy W3DHJ via VHFcontesting <
vhfcontesting at contesting.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 9 Jun 2015, Gerry Hull wrote:
> >Hey Folks,
> >Now that spotting is allowed, I have been putting together a gateway to
> >allow you to
> >spot yourselves, both on ARPS and DX Cluster.
> >A fiend and I are working on a mobile client that will work on iPhone,
> >Android and Windows phone. Due to delays and getting it to the App Store,
> >I do not believe they will be generally available by contest time. We
> >probably have the Android APK available on our web site
> >later in the week. The client will read your GPS and automatically tweet
> >your info. No intervention required.
> >Until then, manual spotting via Twitter is pretty straightforward.
> >You can use a mobile Twitter client, or, ANY cellphone, as long as it can
> >send SMS Messages.
> >If you don't have a Twitter account, sign up for one at www.twitter.com.
> >Make sure you associate your cell pohne number with your twitter account.
> >Then, to send an SMS tweet to twitter,
> >you use the short code: For the US, it's 40404, for Canada, 21212. For
> >see https://support.twitter.com/articles/14226-tweeting-via-text-message
> >The format of the tweet is important:
> >#rvrstatus CALLSIGN GRID|LAT!LONG FREQ MESSAGE
> >#rvrstatus is the tag my service is looking for.
> >CALLSIGN is your call. Can include /R if you want.
> >GRID is your Grid. Six-character grids if you know them.
> >OR you can send LAT!LONG, which is numeric latitude/longitude with an
> >exclamation in between.
> >FREQ is your frequency. Enter in Mhz or KHz.
> >message is a short message indicating your status.
> >For example:
> >#rvrstatus W1VE FN42ax 144.160 QRV 6-432 for 30 mins
> >My cloud-based web service will be listening for this tag in tweets.
> >When received,
> >a DX Cluster spot is formatted, an attempt is made to log in my DX
> >if it is not a valid call, the tweet is disregarded.
> >if valid, a cluster spot will be sent.
> >if valid, I will obtain the APRS password for your call via web service.
> >I will then send an APRS update via the network.
> >95% of this is operational; I will post here and on other reflectors
> >when testing is available.
> >The website will also be up with more information: www.roverstatus.info.
> >As soon as the Android automated client is ready, I'l post it on the web
> >- Don't post too often. 5 minutes is fine. 30 seconds is not.
> >- Don't put nasty messages in your message block. They won't post.
> >- Make sure you format your tweets correctly, otherwise they won't post.
> >- Due to the potential for a very large number of tweets, you won't get
> > feedback, as I'll hit twitter limits.
> >Tweet your feedback to @roverstatus.
> ... and it is no longer amateur radio. sigh...
> Jonesy W3DHJ
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