[aprssig] APRS W,W and W,W,W example
ag4ac at netscape.com
Sat Feb 12 10:09:02 CST 2005
Hi Bob. Not dumb at all. I'll answer as I go.
Robert Bruninga wrote:
>I hate to ask some dumb questions, but its hard to know
>exactly what you are talking about?
>1) Is this a KAM acting as a digi at a very good RF site?
I'm at approx 800 ft elevation. Medium to low level. The nearest wide
digi is atop a Mt 2407 ft on Mt cheaha, Al. It is 30 miles away.
Relay digi is 16 miles away in another direction, which makes a kind of
triangle with mine being the northernmost point.
>2) Is your KAM a home station that you want to turn into
> a digi? Is your site high enough to make any real
My KAM is acting as a relay digi. AG4AC-9
>3) Why is your home station needed as a digi?
Without it, in this hilly/mountainous region, often times local mobile
stations don't seem to get very far, my mobile included.
>4) If the site is that valuable, then might be time to change
> the TNC to an old TAPR-2 clone and run UIDIG roms
> or something?
A good choice. Unfortunately, I am fully disabled and very tight on
funds at the time. Being on a fixed income raising three teenagers is
indeed a challenge. However, will change as is possible when funds
permit. The other two stations I mentioned are WB4GNA (Wide digi at
2407 ft) and K4SCC (relay digi about 600 ft elev). an evaluation and
suggestions/comments welcomed by myself.
>I have to ask these questions because many Home station
>relays and the use of RELAY is actually one of theproblems
>we are trying to phase out of the system. Also a lot of the
>need for home relays was to overcome all the QRM. If we
>cut the QRM down, then many home statiosn probably are
>not needed anymore.
Understood. If you check Central alabama, you'll see how we are
situated here. Lots of mountains and just a few digis at all right
now. Lots of nooks and crannies to hide a signal in. Part of the
problem is effective coverage of digis in the area.
>In otherwords there are just a lot of issues involved in these
>decisions, and we should not be giving advice on-line
>unless we thouroughly udnerstand the unique situation...
I appreciate your taking the time to explain more of the issue. PLease
feel free to comment back at your leisure.
73. Keith. Ragland, Alabama.
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