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[aprssig] NetNodes, the future

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Wed Dec 29 18:45:38 UTC 2004

>>> "Chris Rose" <kb8uih at sbcglobal.net> 12/29/04 1:00:05 PM >>>
>  This NETgate idea is another way to set up an Igate? 
> An Igate is an internet gate.  Or is this an autmatic system 
>that you connect to with a  direct entry of one call sign? 

Yes, this is just pie-in-the-sky dreaming about what else we
could do on RF with packet for computer-to-computer links
that we cannot do on the APRS channel.  But it requires no
special hardware or software.

This NETgate idea is SEPARATE from APRS.  But it is a 
capability we really need in the field if we ever want to use our 
laptops and mobiles to handle more than one-line simple APRS 
messages. An APRS I-Gate is just a world-wide "monitoring" and
data collection system to feed the internet and provide
one-line message delivery globally.

A NetGATE is similar, but permits one-on-one interference
free global conectivity between any two hams knowing only
their callsigns.    And it can operate at 1200 or 9600 baud
deopending only on the radio used.  It does not exist.  It
is just an idea of what we could and should be doing to
augment APRS for good mobile and  portable and emergency

 I am getting so confused with the "fixes" 
and am not absorbing them readily.  I am sorry about that.  I'm in an
that doesn't have enough coverage and am wanting to set up more RF
digis.  I 
am not in a situation that many are where there are too many digis or
many operators.  There is one digi SE of me and a low profile digi in
county but none N, NE, W or SW in bordering counties.  There was one
west of 
me but disappeared about a year ago.



  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: "Robert Bruninga" <bruninga at usna.edu>
  To: <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
  Sent: Wednesday, December 29, 2004 10:06 AM
  Subject: RE: [aprssig] NetNodes, the future

  >>>> HamLists at ametx.com 12/29/04 7:08:54 AM >>>
  >>APRS has prospered... Because I do not have to configure
  >>(one configuration works almost universally (RELAY,WIDE...)
  >>By simply addressing a message to the remote station (no path
  >>settings required).
  > Agree completely but ONLY for 1 hop or so on a non-congested
  > channel.  Message exchange is a POINT-to-POINT process that
  > requires acknowledgment and other than occassional one-liners is
  > just grossly inefficient on an APRS system.
  > HAM communications needs a good point-to-point system for
  > file and paragraph transfer,  It is *impossible* to do this on
  > and APRS was not designed to do this.  Thus we need
  > CONNECTED mode connectivity on another channel to augment
  > APRS.
  > Thus, why not a universal global NETgate system based
  > on the very viable and transparent NetROM/TheNET system?
  > Seems a slam-dunk to me...
  >>(Do we set up for I35, I30, I20, or I45 linking?
  >> What about US75?
  >>Hmmm.  Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.)
  > The decision there is *very simple*.  The new LINKn-N
  > system was not designed for "linking", and cant possibly
  > be used for linking because of simple basics of packet
  > radio.
  > 1) The decision is simple.  If you are driving along I-35, then
  > use 35LNKn-N.
  > 2) Linking in this context is a multi-hop end-to-end system which
  > everyone in packet knows cannot work beyond about 1 or 2
  > hops even on a clear channel. (for end-to-end messaging (acks)
  > 3) APRS was desiged for one-to-many on a shared  channel.
  > It was never designed and cannot possibly handle end-to-end
  > point-to-point connected traffic (messages, even one liners on
  > APRS are like "connected" traffic because of acks).
  > Thus there is only one "decision" and it is trivial:
  > 1) If you are sending brief info to everyone use APRS
  > 2) If you need to pass files or traffic or paragraphs
  >   to someone, then look on your APRS map or on your
  >   radio's front panel list for the call and freq of the nearby
  >   NETgate and connect to it, and then connect to
  >   anyone on the planet..
  > 3) I just cannot imagine anything simpler... (KISS)
  > Bob, WB4APR

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