[aprssig] APRS routing strategies

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Thu Feb 17 18:29:45 CST 2005

>>> "Curt, WE7U" <archer at eskimo.com> 2/17/05 6:44:31 PM >>>
>We'd get a lot more people/keep a lot more people in APRS if it were
>less confusing and more homogenous.  A new user these days has a lot
>to take in.

Not with the New n-N paradigm.  He sets WIDE3-3 for his path
everywhere with these exceptions:

West coast:  Seattle, Bay area, and Los Angeles
Midwest:     Dallas and Chicago
Southeast   Atlanta and Tampa/Orlando
Mid Atlantic:  WashDC to Boston.

In those areas he sets WIDE2-2 probably.

If he is in the BOONIES and hears only one packet
every 15 seconds or so, then set WIDE4-4...

Actually pretty simple...  works everywhere...

>If there were auto-configuration via the local network 
>it'd be easy for the mobile/portable user to move about 
>the world without worrying about messing up local RF/
>worrying about whether their posit was making it into an 
>igate or even across town.

But it violates the KISS principle and wont be worth anything
unless the ENTIRE NETORK completey adopts it "everywhere"
and 13 years of history with APRS PROVES that that will
never happen...

>We've limped along with this manual transmission long enough and
>need to upgrade to one of these whiz-bang new automatic
>transmissions.  Keep the manual tranny around for advanced users/for
>special circumstances, but relegate it to only those uses.

Like I say.  Such an "automatic plan to work everywhere" 
by definition is USLESS unless *** adopted everywhere***.
So think  about it.   YOu have a real problem with how to
get from "here" to "there".  In the meantime.  Switch to
the New n-N paradigm and yuou dont even have to leave
your shack...

De Wb4APR, Bob

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