finger firstname.lastname@example.org. The returned text is parsed to extract the desired data and put into APRS packet format. These packets are then sent directly to APRServe for distribution to the worldwide APRS network. No RF is used for this implementation, it is all done via the Internet.
For a description of the earthquake parameters provided by the USGS,
The original paper in Adobe pdf format describing quakeAPRS was published in the 19th ARRL and TAPR Digital Communication Conference Proceedings, September 2000.
QUAKE(1) User Contributed Perl Documentation QUAKE(1) quakeAPRS - Perl script to provide quakes data to APRS LAN quake (execute and get real time earthquakes from USGS) quake testfile (execute and get earthquakes from prepared file) This script uses the UNIX "finger" command to get near real time earthquake data from the USGS. If the magnitude of the quake is greater than the specified threshold, the data is modified to the APRS format and sent to the APRS server for distibution to the APRS network. The script checks to see who called it, if the user is "root", then it is assumed to be a cron job and the location of key files and logs is changed according. Normally this script is expected to be executed as a cron job (i.e., 30 minute intevals). Because APRServe does not buffer APRS packets, quakeAPRS sends the current status without regard to what has previously been sent to APRServe. To expedite testing, a filename supplied as an argurment in the command line will force the data within the file to be used rather than connect to the USGS for earthquake data. DATE-(UTC)-TIME LAT LON DEP MAG Q COMMENTS yy/mm/dd hh:mm:ss deg. deg. km 99/11/20 11:23:00 53.39N 163.87W 33.0 3.9Mb B UNIMAK ISLAND REGION 99/11/20 20:29:44 10.18N 70.39W 33.0 4.7Mb B VENEZUELA 99/11/20 21:52:51 30.79S 71.84W 33.0 5.1Mb A NEAR COAST OF CHILE 99/11/20 22:43:25 53.87N 35.76W 10.0 4.6Mb B NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN The ICON for a quake is "Q" with "\" to indicate 2nd icon set. The format: W9IF-9>APRS:;ddhhmmqMM*DDHHMMzDDMM.HHN\DDDMM.HHWQMag 7.2. Down 10 km. ddhhmmqMM format where: dd = day of quake hh = hour of quake mm = minute of quake q = delimiter MM = quake magnitude without the decimal point Here are examples: W9IF>APRS:;291855q35*291855z3604.80N\11736.00WQMag 3.5 Depth 0.6 km CALIF-NEVADA BDR REG W9IF>APRS:;292127q39*292127z6305.40N\14857.60WQMag 3.9 Depth 33.0 km CENTRAL ALASKA W9IF>APRS:;292208q41*292208z3603.00N\11736.00WQMag 4.1 Depth 2.7 km CALIF-NEVADA BDR REG W9IF>APRS:;292244q58*292244z1804.20S\16851.60EQMag 5.8 Depth 33.0 km VANUATU ISLANDS The USGS messages contain the magnitude and the depth. Richard Parry, W9IF 2.5 July 15, 2000 Added multiple APRS servers. Increased the number of APRS servers that are searched and fixed bugs with this connection algorithm. quakeAPRS will look for a successful connection once for each APRS server. If all servers are unavailable, program terminates.Connection will be attempted next time quakeAPRS is called by a cron job. 2.4 June 9, 2000 Added backup APRS telnet host. If telnet connection to primary APRS server fails, send email notification and then try secondary APRS server. If secondary fails, send email notification and exit, this is fatal error. 2.3 March 22, 2000 Added backup "finger" server. If "finger" request to finger server timesout, send email notification and get quake information from web page. The finger server is tried first since it is more current. The web page is used as a backup. If "telnet" request to APRS servers fails, send email notification and exit, this is fatal error. 2.2 March 1, 2000 Completely changed the quakeID labeling, discarded the QUAKE00001 format. Due to the labeling format change, a logging quakes previously sent was removed, simplying the code. 2.1 February 28, 2000 After releasing 2.0, found that design needed to be changed. This had to be done since using new quake ID numbers caused the "Station List" window of MacAPRS and WinAPRS to fill up. This required a signficant change in the design. A hash was used to keep track of the quakes. 1) Only a new quake gets a new quake ID number. 2) A recent previously sent quake must use the same quake ID number 3) An previously sent quake not is the log file is old and is removed 4) Added quake "age" criteria in addition to magnitude criteria 2.0 January 9, 2000 After releasing version 1.3, we discovered that APRServe does NOT cache packets (objects). This means that clients would rarely see an earthquake. To solve this, this version takes the brute force approach and sends "all" earthquake packets each time it executes. Cron job set to execute once each hour. 1.3 December 28, 1999 Initial release. This version assumed packets (objects) were cached by APRServe. This version sends earthquake packets sent once only based on the false assumption that packets are cached. Based on that, this version it keeps track of packets it had sent and sends only new earthquake packets in an effort to reduce traffic. However, this version had to be abondon since clients would rarely see an earthquake. Cron job set to execute once each hour. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.