[aprssig] Igates Are A Fair Weather Solution (was: "Finito")
n2kiq at arrl.net
Sun Aug 28 14:18:22 CDT 2005
In short, I agree with you. When the W4MCO-10 digi is reborn, it'll
allow FL7-7 and up to WIDE3-3. For the brief time it did live this
weekend we saw the usual crowd from Melbourne & Titusville but also new
stations from the Tampa area.
Now, putting together a non-144.390 MHz backbone through the state for
FLN-n communications is an interesting proposition should Talahassee
ever become interested in what us folks down-under have to say... But
that's another topic I guess.
Geoffrey Dick wrote:
>Subject: Igates Are a Fair Weather Solution, Earl's "Finito"
>Amateur Internet APRS is only a "fair weather" tool useful only
>from armchair observers who have a good wired connection, and an
>unlimited source of power. It is great for when the sun is shining,
>for watching parades, and weather-permitting outdoor events. When
>it comes to a foul weather disaster, my experience has demonstrated
>it comes up quite short of being useful for tactical purpose. As
>utility power is lost, the computer-operated "smart" Igate digis
>die first, leaving only battery-operated TNC-only digis with preset
>path limits, that are now set to break the RF connections.
>Here in Florida, we spend half the year under a hurricane watch.
>When this type of event occurs, wide-spread areas undergo fallen
>trees, powerlines, telephone, cellphone, and cable outages. As
>that happens, the RF connection becomes essential to for doing
>On RF, we can no longer receive the severe weather bulletins, and
>hurricane position updates from a West Coast station, only 60
>miles away. We also can no longer see on RF the picket fence of
>weather stations, that surround us in Central Florida. Working
>from a hurricane shelter, there is no internet gateway hookup to
>complete the connection. For lack of the completed RF connection,
>Amateur RADIO APRS fails as a mobile tactical tool in disaster areas.
>For the sake of limiting the path of a few abusers in densely
>populated areas, we have become obsessed with strangling the
>wonderful RF network capability that has been put in place.
>I have to support Earl Needham. His "Finito" is a summation of
>the decline of APRS some of us are experiencing here on the Florida
>peninsula. I used to enjoy seeing 150 to 250 stations coming in
>on RF APRS each day here in Central Florida. Yes, the single
>1200 baud APRS channel IS sufficient to accomplish this. Now,
>all we see is 5 to 15 stations, depending on the time of day.
>Sometimes we see a glimpse of a distant station when band
>With the new path-limiting paradigm, blindly being put into
>place, WIDE1-1,WIDE2-2 RF APRS is like watching paint dry,
>lacking the tactical usefulness it once had. It is my belief
>that Florida digi owners should consider adding increasing
>alternate paths of FL4-4 for the Keys, and FL3-3,FL2-2,FL1-1
>in general to achieve 460 miles of State connectivity South
>to North. That would give us a tactical path to go to in
>a State wide emergency, without overwhelming neighboring
>Geoffrey Dick, wa4ikq
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