[OZAPRS] ozaprs mailing list

Tony Farrow tony at ics.mq.edu.au
Mon Nov 8 17:14:11 EST 2004

Hi Laurie,

Just to let you know that this list is in no way connected to the
distribution of the UIView program. Due to the unfortunate recent death of
that excellent program's author I am not at all surprised that there are
delays in getting new program registrations approved. It will be a while
before the new arrangements get widely known. So that may be why only one
person replied to your request.

If you can suggest how we could "renew our practices" to help here please
let us know. Always glad to hear from new members. Incidentally this list
for the free exchange of info amongst all interested bods, and is open to
all such to join.

Note that some delays have recently occurred to list messages recently due
to lightning damage to our network (Sydney is very prone to that at this
time of year!)


Tony vk2tjf

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "roughplanet" <roughplanet at optushome.com.au>
To: <ozaprs at marconi.ics.mq.edu.au>
Sent: Monday, November 08, 2004 4:47 PM
Subject: [OZAPRS] ozaprs mailing list

On August 4 this year, I subscribed to the ozaprs at marconi.ics.mq.edu.au
mailing list & received the admittedly computer-generated welcome email.
On October 4, I sent an email to uiview at aprs.net.au requesting
details as per the mail I received on August 19 regarding same.
Having heard nothing at all, I then posted to this mailing list on October
19,  requesting help re the registration of UI-view. The only reply I
received was from Allan Wallace, ZL1AMW, the New Zealand provider of
registrations, who was kind enough to supply me with the information I
needed to register the programme.
The point I wish to make is that ozaprs would appear, from my experience,
be a 'closed shop', and contrary to the 'Welcome' email I received when I
first subscribed to this mailing list some months ago, new members are not
particularly welcome, and are just ignored.
This is contrary to my experience with other aspects of ham radio, where
'newbies' are genuinely welcomed & the spirit of amateur radio is alive
well. If you can't be bothered with new members, then close your mailing
list & no-one will be any the wiser. On the other hand, if this is simply
'one-off', maybe it's time to review your practices to ensure that it
doesn't occur too often.
I no longer feel miffed at having been ignored, as there are so many other
areas of amateur radio in which to 'dabble' that the apparent exclusion
one, vis. APRS, is of little concern. It's just a pity that ozaprs does
appear to either want or need newcomers, unlike most other areas of  ham

Laurie Dare

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