[OZAPRS] News from VK2

James Cameron VK2LQZ vk2lqz at wia.org.au
Sat Jun 20 16:02:33 EST 2009

On Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 12:12:49PM +1000, Geoff wrote:
> ... VK2RCC at Coonabarabran, and also stirred some more interest
> amongst the Dubbo gang - if we can get the planned digi in at Dubbo
> we'll have pretty good coverage over most of the populated inland
> areas of North Western NSW

I'm looking after the VK2RCC site, as I'm closest.

I've received two MFJ-1270B units back from loan which I acquired about
10 years ago, but no idea what firmware is on them.  I welcome input and
direction.  I've no EEPROM programmer.

The voice repeaters have a huge coverage area and we have operators on
the fringes, so desense is a worry.

> I'll update the VK2 website with the details of all these changes when
> I get a chance..

I've reviewed http://aprs.net.au/ and http://vk2.aprs.net.au/ ... and
here's some constructive suggestions because I care ... :

1.  main page, please don't say "site is still in the process of being
rebuilt", just say what you can and don't promise more, ... if you'd
like to set up an RSS feed then I can help,

2.  get others to help with the web site, and use a version control
system, so that contributions can be merged, I can explain how this is
done with other web sites that I contribute to, it doesn't take much
effort, and I'm happy to help you if you need it ... the work flow can
still be a single point approval if necessary.

3.  on http://vk2.aprs.net.au/ reword the Foundation license
restriction; a Foundation licensee is certainly permitted to receive
APRS, but is not permitted to transmit except in emergency, ... perhaps
a special page for Foundation licensees in order to tell them what they
need to know to learn what they can about APRS, and encourage them to
upgrade.  It is a significant carrot, and playing it as such will win
more users.

James Cameron    mailto:quozl at us.netrek.org     http://quozl.netrek.org/
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