Sending from APRS to SMS
To send a message from an APRS station, simply address your message to SMSGTE with the following format:
The @ symbol signifies that the following characters represent the destination for the message while <number> represents the sms number or associated alias the message should be sent to. All words following the destination will form the body of the message.
To: SMSGTE @6135551234 No cell coverage here, ping me on radio
When the message is delivered to the destination SMS number (usually a cell phone), the message will appear as follows:
@VR4XXX-10 No cell coverage here, ping me on radio
Of course, the callsign at the start of the message will be your callsign. The originating number will be the gateway’s number for your region.
Sending from SMS to APRS
To send a message from SMS to an APRS station, address your message to the gateway number with the following format:
The @ symbol signifies that the following characters represent the destination for the message while <callsign> represents the callsign and SSID the message should be sent to. All words following the destination will form the body of the message.
To: 2015551234 @VE3OTB-10 Did you forget your cellphone?
The message delivered to the APRS station will appear as follows:
6135551234 Did you forget your cellphone?
Please note that the gateway telephone numbers have not been published here to prevent spam messages being sent into the APRS network. You will learn the gateway’s number when you send your first message from APRS to SMS.
Conversations initiated by an SMS user will only be permitted to callsigns that have previously used SMSGTE. This has been implemented both to mitigate the potential for SPAM and to simplify the parsing of SMS messages received by SMSGTE. Messages are stored for 24 hours.
Request Delivery Confirmation
A user may request delivery confirmation by adding a question mark (?) to the end of the callsign or SMS number. If the message is destined for APRS, a confirmation message will be sent to the SMS user only once an Ack was received on APRS. If the message is destined for SMS, a confirmation message will be sent when SMSGTE confirmatin from the SMS service. Confirmation is intended to verify that the message was delivered via the APRS network. Confirmation requests work with raw phone numbers and aliases. Use the following format:
Example message body:
@6135551212? My car broke down, can you come help me?
@mywife? My car broke down and my cell is dead.
Example message body:
@VE3OTB-9? Is your radio on?
4 Replies to “Sending Messages”
I’m able to send from my Radio Kenwood TH-D74A to my SMS number, however, my radio is not receiving any reply’s.
my return message is a simple “reply” with
@nm5dd-5 this is a test
I’ve also tried the following sms messages
@nm5dd-5? this is a test
@nm5dd this is a test
I’ve upgraded to the newest firmware 1.11, that the Tutorial suggested.
I’ve registered my number with #mynumber add and #mynumber show returns that the correct SMS number has been entered
An APRS message from my HT to my SMS number “@NM5DD 111111”
does go through to my SMS number.
I would suggest check the following FAQ, which may help.
Is there a way to request delivery confirmation when using an SSID alias?
There is not, at this time. It’s something I’ve wanted to add, but when you use an SSID alias, it doesn’t parse the message body. It is on a to-do list.