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[aprssig] Path Confusion and old TNC's

Patrick Green pagreen at gmail.com
Wed Aug 31 04:07:45 UTC 2005


This sounds like the NSR argument. WIDE2-2 alone isn't enough in Chicago. 
There would be major holes in coverage unfortunately.
 73 de Pat --- KA9SCF.

 On 8/30/05, A.J. Farmer (AJ3U) <farmer.aj at gmail.com> wrote: 
> 
> When the new APRS paradigm was being proposed, one of the goals was a
> universal path of WIDE2-2 that would work anywhere. This was because
> different areas were using different setups, requiring you to know and
> change your path depending on where you traveled. Having to change
> your path while mobile on a long distance trip continues to be one of
> the biggest complaints about APRS. A single, universal path of
> WIDE2-2 was supposed to fix that.
> 
> Now we are getting back to multiple paths and confusion again. This
> is from the relayFIX document:
> 
> >WIDE2-2 General mobile recommendation and metro areas
> >WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1 New TWO hop path which is safe to use everywhere
> >WIDE1-1,WIDE2-2 New 3 hop path that may be used in remote areas
> 
> I understand what is going on, but when you try to explain this to a
> totally new APRS user, you can almost see their eyes glaze over in
> confusion. It just doesn't make sense to have to change your path
> when operating a mobile station.
> 
> After moving forward, haven't we moved backwards again? Do we really
> still need RELAY only or "WIDE1-1" digi's which are causing this path
> confusion? With the new paradigm, shouldn't a former RELAY digi just
> become a fully functional WIDEn-n digi? I'm under the belief that at
> this point in the game, if you don't have an up-to-date TNC that can
> fully support the new paradigm, you should not have it on the air as a
> digi, RELAY, or otherwise. Doing so keeps us from moving forward.
> 
> --
> A.J. Farmer, AJ3U
> http://www.aj3u.com
> 
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