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[aprssig] More digis are changing to the new paradigm

Earl Needham needhame1 at plateautel.net
Tue Jul 5 00:47:20 UTC 2005

At 06:21 PM 7/4/2005, Robert Bruninga wrote:
>I sympathize with your plight...
> >>> needhame1 at plateautel.net 07/04/05 5:04 PM >>>
> > The world is different everywhere you go -- you have
> >50 stations within about 66 miles, I have 50 within 96
> and
> )
>Ah, but in New Mexico, with all those mountains, Isnt
>it easy to go well beyond 96 miles and still only use
>3 hops?   Again, I am not that familiar with that area,
>but 3 hops even here back east can easily cover
>96 miles.   I thought in NM, that 3 hops can get anywhere
>in the state?  (nice mountains)...

         Well -- many of the 50 stations within 96 miles of me are in 
Amarillo, and there is NO path between them and me.  If I look 96 miles 
west of me, I see NO human users, just a couple of digis.  The nearest 
human users that I can see with any regularity are in Roswell (just over 
100 miles) and Albuquerque (around 220 miles).

         Another way of saying this is that 3 hops, giving me 96 miles, 
don't get me any users.  And I just don't enjoy watching digis, I like to 
see stations that have actual human operators, and I like to see them move.

At 06:14 PM 7/4/2005, Robert Bruninga wrote:
>Yes, it seems that restricting hops to 3 in such a
>sparse area, might be counterproductive, but then
>it is hard for me to know, since I cant see the network
>there and it is a world of difference to here where we
>have 300 users in just a 150 mile radius.   Bob

         Yes, you're right -- back east is completely different.

         Tell you what -- look at these pictures, they may tell the 
story.  I'll leave them up for a couple of days.



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Earl Needham, KD5XB, Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk

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