Messages Menu
Messages Menu

The Messages menu provides access to the APRS message-based features of APRSISCE/32. If you're not familiar with APRS messaging, you may also want to read aprs-messaging-explained.

Read Message - Brings up the highest priority unread message for a preview or directly into an existing chat window.

Send Message - Allows entry or selection of a station for which a new Chat window will be opened.

Send EMail Allows entry or selection of a destination e-mail address to which a short (?? character) message may be sent. See also Email

Pending Messages - If enabled, will initiate a popup menu of sent messages for which an ack has not been received. This will color the Message yellow or orange. See also Message Retries.

This messaging option is designed to easily allow use of the ANSRVR server. The idea being that groups are created for sending announcements to others in the group.

  • Active Groups
    This option requests a message from ANSRVR listing the Active Groups and the number of members of each group.

  • Describe Groups
    This option requests a message from ANSRVR listing the Active Groups, number of members, the description of the group, (if it has one) and the owner of the group.

  • My Groups
    This option requests a message from ANSRVR listing the Groups you are currently a member of, includes number of members of each group.

  • Join Group
    This option allows you to join a group or create a group if it does not exist. Selecting this option will popup a config box

  • Keep Active
    This tick box enables the keep alive function, a request will be sent every few hours as selected. Recommended to leave this at the default 8 Hours.
    ANSRVR will drop you from a group if no keep alive or message sent within 12 Hours.

  • Quietly
    This tick box allows you to keep your group connection alive, without sending your CQ Text to every member of the group. If unselected your CQ Text will be sent to every member of the group.
  • use CQSRVR
    Select this tick box to use CQSRVR instead of ANSRVR. The only difference between the two is that CQSRVR does not allow quiet keep alives.
  • Only if present
    Currently not in use

  • IS Only
    Only send messages and keep alives via the IS stream if selected, otherwise send via IS and RF.

  • CQ Text
    The text you wish to send to the group and use as a keep alive.

  • Accept
    Update settings and CQ Text quietly. Not sent to every member.

  • Send
    Update settings and CQ Text, send the CQ Text to every member of the group. Can be used in conjunction with CQ Text to send short messages to the group.

  • Delete
    Remove yourself from the group. Note If you are the owner of a group and wish to remove the group, make sure you are the only member of the group.
    and you will need to send U group via a normal message to ANSRVR.

Long messages can be sent via ANSRVR but these need to be done via the normal messaging system.

  • Group membership list
    Clicking on the list will bring up the same box as the join group box, you can however temporarily suspend your activity within a group

To send a message to an announcement group, you can either change the
Announcement's CQ Text and poke Send, or send "CQ <Group> Announcement
Text" to ANSRVR via a Send Message / Chat.

ANSRVR supports the following APRS message-based commands:

? - Show all groups (# in parens is number of members)
? group - Show member count in group
D show groups with descriptions, also sending D <group> description text, will supply a description of the group to the server
L - List groups you are a member of (with member count including self)
J group - Join group quietly
CQ group text - Join group and send text to all current members, also used to send a message to a group you already belong to.
U group - Unjoin group

ANSRVR is like CQSRVR except for the following:

Currently no minimum time between submissions to the group. This is in keeping with the "Announcement" intended use.
Ability to monitor a group without sending periodic messages to everyone.
Directly supported in APRSISCE/32! (although CQSRVR is just as supported)

  • Auto-Reply
    Messages / Auto-Reply has Message (what to send) and "Inactive For" and "No More Than" sub-menus. "InActive For" is a delay since the last interaction with APRSISCE/32 before a configured Auto-Reply will be sent. "No More Than" sets the minimum interval between Auto-Replies to a single station. More

Creation and viewing of Bulletins

  • View
    This option opens a new window to view the currently received Bulletins. Bulletins will age and disappear from this window over a period of 48 Hours, if they have not been retransmitted. The ageing can be changed, currently only be editing the XML file

  • Notify
    Selecting this option will cause a pop notification balloon to appear when a new bulletin is received.

  • Create
    Selecting this will create a popup window to allow creation of a bulletin.
    The length of a bulletin line is limited to ? Characters, multi line bulletins can be created by assigning a line number to each comment. This is done with the unlabeled drop down menu, next to the enabled tickbox.

Interval selects how often the bulletin is sent out, 0 disables Via-IS/RF tickboxes select to send via IS RF or both

Clicking send message from the message menu brings up a box to enable entering of the callsign of the station you wish to message. You then proceed to the message window. (clicking a station and selecting send message bypasses the callsign selection box)

  • Chats
    The message window allows entering of up to 300 characters, which are split automatically into 64 character APRS messages. There several options on this window.
  • Clear
    Clears the message window
  • Copy
    Copies the text in the window to the buffer for pasting into another application
  • Multitrack
    Opens a new tracking window centered on the station being messaged
  • Ack
    unselect this if you do not wish to have an acknowledgement of your message. (useful for satellite work)
  • Best
    This option changes it's title. and can be slightly confusing at first
    * Best
    use RF or IS as the program determines the best option.
    * RF Only
    Unticked this will send the message via IS only, Ticked the message will go RF only (useful for Satellite work)
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