We are going to try something new for our site communications, Chris Ratay has suggested us to go to using Whatsapp app on our phones for chatting about ETA's and current weather conditions at our front range flying sites like Boulder and now we are going to try Lookout. Yes, this is what we already do on the RMHPA twitter feed but not everyone likes the complexity of the twitter, I find it pretty easy to use, but yes I would have to agree it gets pretty busy with other stuff.
What I really like about this app is that it's one platform but you can have multiple groups such as having a group for Boulder and a group for Lookout and so on, putting 140+ members into one group gets very busy and confusing, having separate groups will cut down on confusion. There are also no hashtags to start chatting (less confusing), it's as easy as sending a text. You can also share your location really easy with two clicks, which puts a pin of your location on a map for easy access from all followers, you can also do the same if you want to post pictures. **If you don't want to be bombarded with dings go into your notifications and turn off the sounds.
So lets get started, if you haven't already done so please down load the app Whatsapp onto your phone and open the app up and create a username preferably your actual name so it shows up correctly on the app when you post. We can't add you to the whatsapp unless you have the app on your phone and open it up at least once.
Once you have the app installed please send an email to one of the current RMHPA officers http://rmhpa.org/about-us/
with your full name and phone number so one of them can add you to the Lookout Group and other local site chat groupsit's probably best to be on multiple groups so you can decide where to fly or how the other sites are doing, but that's up to you.
If you are flying Lookout you chat only in the Lookout group and if you are flying Boulder you chat in that group, now lets say you fly to Boulder from Lookout and need a ride or vice versa from Boulder to Lookout, well then send a text on both groups or just one group. You make that call. For sure we will have some kinks to work out but there always are when trying something new. I'm aware that not everyone likes change, but just give a try and see if you like it. So far it's a hit in Boulder, I know it will work at Lookout and we can do the same for other sites too if need be. If you continue to tweet on RMHPA twitter feed this will not work as well so just try this app only unless you are using twitter for your spot or delorme location Note: the RMHPA twitter feed will still stay active but will only be used for your Spot or Delorme since Whatsapp doesn't support those devices. Please make sure to change your hashtag on your Spot or Delorme to #RMHPA, the hashtags #landed and #lo are no longer viable.