[aprssig] New n-N success in North Carolina

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Sun Feb 13 10:40:46 CST 2005

Yes, I am all for new digis and better filtering algorithms for
trapping large N's.  SO I am all for a new PIC digi.  I just
didnt want to water down what we can do now, today
with plans and dreasms for the future...  Go for it.. thanks Bob

>>> jdw at eng.uah.edu 2/12/05 2:53:09 PM >>>

On Feb 12, 2005, at 9:52 AM, Robert Bruninga wrote:

> by basing a design
> on some new piece of hardware you will guarantee a mix-mashed
> network that will never get off the ground.

If we deploy  a "solution" off the cuff, you are absolutely right.  
Open minded discussion and planning will get us where we need to go.

Let's say we have a black box attached to a digipeater in your area 
(where you want a maximum of 2 digipeats for a packet, if I understand

correctly) that would take a path like


and digipeat it with a path of


Even if this digipeater was the only one on the  planet, it would be 
100% compatible with existing digis _and_ it would force the packet to

comply with the load on your local network _and_ it would take 
configuration issues out of the hands of the clients and put them in 
the hands of the digi operators.

Other than the fact we don't yet have the black box and the guessed $30

to $60 price tag, what's missing with the basic concept?

> Yes, there are many fantastic ways to re-design APRS from the
> ground up, but it will never happen.

It either will happen, or APRS will die.  Apparently it is already 
reaching that point is some areas.  The number of users will continue 
to grow if and only if the network can support them.  If the network 
can't meet the demand, users will leave and the network will die.


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