On Thursday, May 03, 2012 17:28:29, Patrick Ouellette wrote: > On Thu, May 03, 2012 at 05:13:09PM -0400, Chris Knadle wrote: > > Drat. I forgot about APRS. APRS has become fairly popular among hams, so > > much so that it now comes built-in to several radios, and even HTs > > (Handy-Talkies). > > > > APRS is a system for location reporting. It's also very commonly used to > > track experimental weather balloons at high altitudes, because apparently > > GPS stops working at around 30,000 feet. [The original high-altitude > > MIT balloon launch that many others have duplicated uses APRS, and I > > know of other groups using it for this purpose also.] APRS is also > > commonly used by hams to track themselves and/or their cars and loved > > ones as they drive around. > > > > The rigs used in cars likely aren't running a Linux OS, but the base > > station nodes that receive and report the APRS traffic probably are, and > > as Debian has been friendly to hams it's one of the more likely to be > > used there. > > Continue to say DRAT! The handwriting is on the wall. Very few have come > out even marginally supporting the ham radio claim other than myself. [reading you 20dB over s9.] Something else I forgot about: software defined radio. i.e. it's possible that a Linux box *is* the radio. 73 and good computer DX. -- Chris KB2IQN -- Chris Knadle Chris.Knadle@coredump.us
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