New APRSLink Commands "SP" and "SMS"


Gone are the days of having to use:

 W <to_address>
 W1 <subject> 
 W2 <some text>
 W3 <more text>
 /EX 

Now, you can use the new SP command which greatly simplifies sending Winlink messages using APRS. Here's the new command syntax:

 SP <to_address, callsign, or alias> <subject> 

Then, anything you send to WLNK-1 other than /EX or the (P)layback command makes up the body of your message. If you mess up and need to start over, just issue a new SP command. Here's an example (all sent to WLNK-1):

 SP sam@iam.com Test Message
 Some text for the body of the message.
 Some more text for the message.
 /EX

The above will result in the below message being sent to sam@iam.com:

 Some text for the body of the message. Some more text for the message.

 +++ Below automatically added by APRSLink +++

 Last reported position: 3859.88N 10438.51W Grid: DM78QX.
 See map at: http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/find.cgi?call=K0QED-9

 *********************************************************
 *** This message was sent using a remote device which ***
 ***  has limited capacity.  When replying use plain   ***
 ***  text and keep the message as short as possible.  ***
 *********************************************************

You can also send a single line message to any Winlink user or internet email address by using the new SMS command. Here's some examples:

 SMS sam@iam.com Test Message

or

 SMS K0QED Another test message

or, if you have an APRSLink alias set up for a long email address you can use the alias name:

 SMS alias_name A test message using an alias